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post #1 of 14 Old 07-19-2011, 05:20 PM Thread Starter
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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 coltís diet, as a way to discourage flies and add some shine to his coat. Heís 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 donít feed grain.

I would very much like to keep his diet as natural as possible, but I see that heís very bothered by the flies/mosquitoes and the fly spray doesnít seem to be helping too much. They swarm him and I swear, heís covered by hundreds of little welts from the mosquitoes. Iíve read that ACV works extremely well because it makes the horseís blood very unappetizing to pests, and they tend to stay away. Not only that, but itís great for skin, hair, jointsÖ 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 Iíd 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 doesnít really do much in the way of work Ė 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.
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post #2 of 14 Old 07-19-2011, 05:24 PM
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I spray mine on.....like fly spray. It works great on ticks too. 1/4 c ACV to a spray bottle of wayer with 2drops of dish soap to act as a binding agent.
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... and there was that obvious answer I was looking for.

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Lol! Its all good!
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post #5 of 14 Old 07-20-2011, 11:24 AM
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You could also just feed him a couple handfuls of hay pellets with the ACV on top? Don't know how often you bring them up for grooming/loving, but if its every other day or every day, you could just feed him while he's with you.
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post #6 of 14 Old 07-20-2011, 01:46 PM Thread Starter
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I was also considering that, because I want to supplement him with some flax as well. I bring him up every day for grooming and basic ground training, and I bet he would love to munch on some hay cubes while I make him pretty.
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I tried feeding acv to my guys. Even in 3 lbs of feed they would turn their noses at it. I sprinkle garlic in their feed and they don't seem to mind it as much, and put the acv in their fly spray. They smell like crud but it works!
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post #8 of 14 Old 07-20-2011, 09:09 PM
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Why not just put it in a syringe and squirt it over his tongue like a worm paste?

Just be sure if you buy double strength ACV to dilute it 50/50 with water before you syringe it!

Good luck!
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I think mixing it in feed somehow would be best. Hay cubes probably if that's what you were thinking. Also, more importantly, make sure you get the Apple Cider Vinegar that isn't watered down. Most of the stuff in grocery stores is diluted down, so you aren't getting your money's worth or doing as much for your horse as you could be. I think Whole Foods has the good stuff as well as some other non-mainstream places. It definitely helps our 4.

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post #10 of 14 Old 09-01-2011, 08:59 AM
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cut up an apple or a carrot and add the ACV, But you have to start doing this in very early spring so the ACV will get into his system.....You should buy the ACV with "Mother".....

My boy loves the stuff, I also soak his feet in ACV, and he tries to eat his soaking boots.. :)

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