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post #1 of 25 Old 09-30-2009, 09:11 AM Thread Starter
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Question Apple Cider Vinegar

Hey everyone,

Just wondering if any of you use ACV for your horses. My mom came upon a site while searching for what cures Muck Itch. Another horse at the barn I'm at has this problem. While reading the posts on the site she noticed that people were very pleased with the results they were getting from using this stuff. According to the users it helps with joints, ulcers, flys, and overall condition and health. Has anyone tried it? I'm going to go buy some Organic ACV asap from reading what has been said about it. There were no bad remarks about it. It says to put it in the horses water or their food everyday. Im going to add it to his food because I change his water everyday and would waste the Vinegar. I feed him close to 2 scoops of Manna Pro Stables Choice (sweet feed) twice a day. How much ACV should I add to his feed? Please let me know what you think about it.

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post #2 of 25 Old 09-30-2009, 09:34 AM
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I have used it and it works for a lot of stuff even fly control. I started my horses out on it VERY slow because the smell and taste took them a little bit to get used to. I use a cup now because anymore and my horses wont touch their feed. I don't use it on my horse that colic though because it messed with his stomach.

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post #3 of 25 Old 09-30-2009, 09:43 AM Thread Starter
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Hmm, the site said to keep some ACV around because it helps with colic. I guess all horses are different though. How much should I start out at? I eventually want to get him using a cup per feeding. Its amazing what all that stuff helps with. Should I start with 1/4 cup and work my way up?

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My horses stomach and and intestines were damaged from sand colic and the ACV just makes his belly act up the others I started a 4 tbl spoons and worked up to 1/4 cup in 2 weeks but then again my horses were not happy about the smell. My vet told me that a 1/4 cup to start off with is not a bad thing it just depends on if your horse will eat it. I like to take things slow so I just built up a lil each day hope that helps

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post #5 of 25 Old 09-30-2009, 04:21 PM
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we have used it for horses with suspecte stomach issues. We usually give 20-50CCs orally. We don't bother putting it in feed, just put it in a syringe and down their throat.
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post #6 of 25 Old 09-30-2009, 06:11 PM
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ACV has many uses that I am sure that you have read about. As for feeding, I was told by a equine nutritionist that just to use it in cycles. A couple of weeks every couple of months.

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post #7 of 25 Old 09-30-2009, 07:10 PM
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I feed an AVC/Garlic blend to my little arab. He had grit or something that found it's way into his urethra and caused a lot of problems. Feeding it now on recommendation of my vet.

I only give him maybe 1/4 cup nightly. It smells god awful!

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post #8 of 25 Old 09-30-2009, 07:25 PM
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My boss use to give it to her goats...lol I forgot why....but after seeing this thread im tempted to give some to my gelding...especially if it helps with flys...they just eat him alive....

And maybe im weird but I love the way this stuff smells lol


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post #9 of 25 Old 09-30-2009, 07:35 PM
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^ ACV by itself is ok, but mixed with garlic, it sure curls the nose hairs!

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post #10 of 25 Old 09-30-2009, 08:57 PM
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AVC is great stuff.

As you have mentioned, it is great for repelling flies - and since I have 2 chestnuts (chestnuts seem to attract more flies), I will be giving AVC a go this year.

I have also read and been told AVC is good for aiding joint problems (such as arthritis, stiffness, etc), and recently been told the wonders it does for geldings. I am a bit paranoid about my horses health, espec geldings 'bits' (not sure if I can go into details here :p ). AVC is said it helps keep the 'bits' running clean, and aids in preventing stones/crystals.

I wouldn't, however, put it into their only water supply. While AVC is good for them, too much of a good thing isn't ;) Plus, no matter how much anyone may like a certain drink (i.e. For me, I just looooove peach ice tea), nothing beats water to quench the thirst - and I'd be worried that my horses weren't drinking the water, or recieved a poisoning from having too much AVC.

AVC is also good (diluted) for insect bites :)

I smelled the AVC with garlic ... I don't think my horses would take it :o My gelding couldn't care less, and gobbles up everything, but it really does scrunch up your nose a bit hehe
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