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    03-15-2013, 01:13 PM
Great for cuts and stuff

Equal parts

Nonseasoned meat tenderizer
Cod liver oil

I have used on horses and dogs and this works GREAT
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    03-27-2013, 12:44 AM
Holy of my threads got a sticky!
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    04-25-2013, 11:05 AM
My trainer top dresses ACV on feed for horses she's hauling a lot. She says it helps digestion and prevents ulcers.

You can use ACV or white vinegar (I use white because I can buy it by the gallon in town) mixed in a bucket of water for a super rinse after a bath.

White vinegar also works wonders getting hard water stains out of buckets.

Guiness beer is good for horses that are working really hard.

An apple is a great electrolyte.

Maxi pads are good for wounds, especially when you have to wrap a dressing onto a leg.
    06-11-2013, 01:06 PM
Antibacterial dawn soap works great on thrush, just clean out dirt with a toothbrush and soak
    07-25-2013, 06:17 PM
I give mine the condrotion I purchased for myself , I did not notice a difference. My old horses I grind up vit c and b complex once a week , as I have them on hand, adn a vit e or two as it sposed to help with muscles. Cornstarch to whiten legs. I would just give an adult dose of generic metamucil to the horses . I don't use the shampoo mentioned in a different post as they test on animals, even though I liked the product . I use corn oil, have for years, no problems from it, unless it got to hot in summer, you can give a horse aspirin plain aspirin not tylenol etc. I saw one gal use hair spray on her horses mane to get it to stay flat even though it was banded, and another doing some braiding sprayed . If I am out of liniment, I have a jar I got at the $ store to keep on hand .
    07-26-2013, 12:47 AM
I buy the large size of triple antibiotic and desinex (really large, cheaper by the ounce) for thrush.
I buy whichever is cheaper (vet or human label) of the large size of providone for my family medicine "cabinet" and put what I need for the horses in a spray bottle. There is no difference between the two.
I take whatever volume of bran mash I need when I need it out of my cabinet (to mix w Epsom salt for wound care).
I use dr. Bonners castile or ivory liquid soap for bathing, cleaning blankets, etc.,.
Tide for whitening mane and tails.
Peppermint oil for "happy" baths (a few drops).

Pure powdered sulfur (dirt, dirt cheap) for use on wounds straight or mixed with "inside" ingredients like cocoa butter or Vaseline.

For horse cookies I take all "out of date" packaged mixes and make a batter and bake them up.

Any apples, bananas, carrots, granola bars, whatnot that need to be eaten but there are no human takers...hello, horses.

Edit...Well, rereading OP's original post, this isn't nutrition except for the treats and fruit. :)
    09-19-2013, 07:42 AM
Tumeric mixed with water to make a paste grows hair back on hot spots or where they've scratched and a dash in their feed
    09-21-2013, 01:18 AM
Make your own medicated fungal shampoo- mix any shampoo with Betadine. I use dollar store shampoo. Works like a charm.
    09-21-2013, 05:47 PM
Weanling has raspberry leaves in bulk for $5.95/lb! Compare that to Mare Magic- $15/8 oz bag or $30 per pound!!
    11-27-2013, 12:21 PM
Here's what I've gathered:

Half a carrot a day for clear eyes
1/2 cup of flax per day for a shiny coat
Bran once or twice a week for digestion
Apple Cider Vinegar for immune, skin, and a whole bunch of other things.

Above is what I'm going to feed my 2-year-old when he's into training (along with complete feed). Below are other small tips.

Diluted Tea Tree Oil for funguses
Pine Sol onto hooves (hardens them)

Ultimately I think all competitive horses should have some mineral supplement, such as BioEquine, as I've seen such amazing improvements and results. So that's the expensive part.

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