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.