That is rubbish about it having to be local. I just get the honey from the chemist - more expensive but guaranteed and scientifically tested. We use it for ALL first aid, that and the stick-on breathable stretchy dressing that we call fixomull in Aus. I never have any infection or scarring from injuries (mind you we haven't had any really major ones), and our vet has started to recommend it after seeing the results we get with it.
The good that the honey does is that it has antibacterial and antiseptic properties, and there's something in it that encourages healing and discourages excessive proud flesh. It also decreases itch (you need that property of it to get rid of an itchy raw patch) and hydrates the skin, making it more flexible and (if applied to an injury) means stitches are less likely to pop.
If you're going to use the rug and tailbag, you have to have a waterproof turnout coat on top, and preferably a waterproof tailbag as well, if it looks like rain. Otherwise wet rugs can cause other problems that are as bad if not worse. I don't have tail itch issues, and my horses' tails don't seem to sunbleach, so I don't bother with tailbags, but they aren't expensive. The pricey part is the cotton rug itself - good ones range anywhere from $50 to $300 here, tailbags usually anywhere from $10 upwards.
Last edited by blue eyed pony; 08-03-2012 at 11:42 AM.