Join Date: May 2011
Location: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Apple cider vinegar - how to feed to a horse on pasture 24/7?
I have a bit of an odd question, but the answer is probably very obvious. I would like to add some Apple Cider Vinegar to my yearling colt’s diet, as a way to discourage flies and add some shine to his coat. He’s kept in a pasture with a handful of other horses with access to grass all day and hay twice daily once the grass begins to get eaten down, and I don’t feed grain.
I would very much like to keep his diet as natural as possible, but I see that he’s very bothered by the flies/mosquitoes and the fly spray doesn’t seem to be helping too much. They swarm him and I swear, he’s covered by hundreds of little welts from the mosquitoes. I’ve read that ACV works extremely well because it makes the horse’s blood very unappetizing to pests, and they tend to stay away. Not only that, but it’s great for skin, hair, joints… it can do so much while being extremely cost effective.
What would you suggest? The simplest solution would be to mix it in with his water, but his pasture has an automatic waterer and I’d rather not mess with water that is shared amongst other horses that are not mine. Could I soak hay cubes in water and add the ACV to it? Would a half-cup of beet pulp soaked in water and ACV be a better option? He could probably stand to put on a bit of weight, but he's not really underweight. He just has that slightly ribby look that so many yearlings seem to have. Please keep in mind that my guy is on pasture 24/7 and doesn’t really do much in the way of work – he comes in from the pasture to be brushed and worked gently in the round pen for 5-15 minutes, depending on his mood and ability to focus that day. After that, he stands around and revels in the attention he gets for being a cute baby and is returned to his herd.