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        11-27-2013, 12:39 PM
      #71
    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by stevenson    
    ..... you can give a horse aspirin .....

    How much?

    I've heard that people can take Bute
    Would really like to know how much a dose for a human would be.
         
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        11-27-2013, 02:00 PM
      #72
    Trained
    Bute used to be labeled for humans, but it was taken off the market due to the fact that it can cause liver failure in humans. I would not recommend taking it. We have plenty of similar drugs that are over the counter and work about the same such as aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxin. If you need a pain killer or antiinflamatory drug for a human, follow the label rather than risk your health. Human drugs tend to be cheaper anyway.
         
        12-12-2013, 12:23 PM
      #73
    Weanling
    Use wood pellets, like the kind used for stoves, in stalls to soak up urine. It's cheaper and more absorbent than shavings, plus I find it sifts manure out quicker and easier than shavings. They do sell pellets specifically for horse bedding but they are more expensive
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        12-12-2013, 12:25 PM
      #74
    Weanling
    Oh and this is a pretty common one but in case someone hasn't heard of it, use bleach water to treat thrush, one part bleach to seven parts water. Wayyyyyy cheaper than thrush buster or any other thrush treatment you can buy at feed stores.
         
        12-13-2013, 11:35 PM
      #75
    Started
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    Originally Posted by Tessa7707    
    Oh and this is a pretty common one but in case someone hasn't heard of it, use bleach water to treat thrush, one part bleach to seven parts water. Wayyyyyy cheaper than thrush buster or any other thrush treatment you can buy at feed stores.
    Never use bleach on anything alive. Bleach might kill the thrush but will also seriously dry out the horses frog and will burn the tissues in the horses hoof. Try apple cider vinegar.
         
        12-13-2013, 11:56 PM
      #76
    Banned
    I have used bleach water for thrush for years never has been an issue works better then most thrush meds iv tryed.
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        12-15-2013, 02:13 AM
      #77
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by caseymyhorserocks    
    Never use bleach on anything alive. Bleach might kill the thrush but will also seriously dry out the horses frog and will burn the tissues in the horses hoof. Try apple cider vinegar.
    Hmm, ok, I will research that. However, this has been used and recommended to me by many, many very experienced horse people, from my veterinarian to many trainers to the most experienced horse people I know, I have never heard of it 'burning' the tissues of the horse's hoof. I have personally used it for years. Of course, I want to do the best I can for my horses and my clients horses, so I shall research the matter! Thanks for your input :)
         
        02-24-2014, 06:01 PM
      #78
    Green Broke
    Not sure if someone already said this. I didn't read through all the pages but instead of buying mare magic buying raspberry leaves from your local health food store is the same exact thing. If you check mare magic the only ingredient in it is raspberry leaves. Buying leaves in bulk is ALOT cheaper then buying the mare magic
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        02-27-2014, 07:02 AM
      #79
    Foal
    Do not use BUTE on yourself... Some boys in the stable I was previously at used to take it to get "happy" they did suffer... Looked like a train had hit them.

    I use ZINC based shampoo like "head and shoulders" or generic brands.

    A cap full of EUCOLIPTUS OIL blotted all over the body... Great tick/fly repelant and good to clean off exess show goo... Or bandage stick left on sox/hair.

    Crushed charcoal for "proud flesh" I put it on any healing wound after the "antiseptic stage" and it works a treat.

    Warm salty water for yucky eyes.

    Sudocreme Or straight WHITE ZINC CREAM for any small cut, bite and also a great nose cover for summer dayz.

    Beer (about 100ml) for my 620kg boy (who is still growing and has aquired the taste for it now) for tummy. My family has fed it to our cows and horses forever and it keeps the gut right. Give them a full one and they be dizzy though... Affects them more than us so BE CAREFULL!!!
         
        02-27-2014, 09:21 AM
      #80
    Showing
    Be very careful of what you put on a horse's skin as it is much more sensitive than ours. If we react to something we get hives or welts. A horse's skin doesn't welt but that's not to say it's not undergoing a burning sensation. For a cheaper version of probiotics, try the Jamieson brand in the pharmacy section. 7 capsules sprinkled in their water for 5 days gives them a good dose. That's about $5 compared to $20 for the horse label. Better yet, search the internet for a Tibicos or water kefir culture or a culture for komucha tea. They are cheap and loaded with probiotics. Lots of instructions on the internet. A $5 investment and 10min every week keeps you and your animals in probiotics.
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