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post #1 of 27 Old 12-25-2010, 09:40 PM Thread Starter
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Human foods that help horses?

I know there are quite a few remedies out there where you use household foods for horses. I'm not talking supplements you can buy from feed stores or mixtures of different horse foods, I mean like apple cider vinegar for joints, vegetable oil for the fats that help tons of things and paprika to keep a black horse black. Are there any more of these that people know of? I've tried looking on google but can't find much. I understand the basic care of using the human foods with horses and that none of them are perfect or always work, I just want to know if there are any other things that could potentially help other problems? I'm sure more people than just myself would be interested.

I don't mean to sound rude by saying this, and if necessary a mod can take this out but please don't respond by criticizing me for asking this. I know that a lot of foods you should ask a vet about dosage and if you should even use it first. I'm not dumb, I'm just curious. I'm not planning on trying every single thing and I don't have a specific issue that I'm necessarily trying to fix, I just find this sort of thing interesting. I'm new here and I understand people don't know my horse knowledge and yes, I have been asking a lot of questions but this has been my first opportunity to ask many of these questions, coming from a large barn where it can be intimidating to ask lots of questions and the ones I'm posting are legitimate questions, not a "I want a horse really bad, how do I get my parents to get me one!?" type of thing.

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post #2 of 27 Old 12-25-2010, 09:52 PM
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You can also use the ACV for pest control, both inside and outside the horse...I've used it as a 'rub' on my horses, and it seems to work pretty well, and they smell delicious too...Lol! It's also good for the kidneys, bladder, circulation, etc...

I've heard pumkin is good for digestion and I used to feed it to my goats, and sick dogs to help heal the tummy, but most horses I have met don't particularly care for it...

Plain yogurt can be given as an emergency probiotic, not just for horses, but goats, dogs, sheep, etc...

Cranberry juice for a healthy kidney/bladder or to get one functioning properly in the case of infection...again one of those things that you may not ever need it, mainly because I've rarely experienced kidney/bladder issues with horses, but again, a good one for most animals who will actually drink it!

Those are the ones off the top of my head...

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post #3 of 27 Old 12-25-2010, 09:53 PM
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Garlic is supposed to keep flies off them.
I've heard some good things about cider vinegar when it comes to health in general.
Corn Oil puts weight on and makes the coat shiny.

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Originally Posted by mom2pride View Post

I've heard pumkin is good for digestion and I used to feed it to my goats, and sick dogs to help heal the tummy, but most horses I have met don't particularly care for it...
I've used pumpkin for my dog before for digestion-it's cool how things carry over from dog to horse. I would have never thought of that!
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post #5 of 27 Old 12-26-2010, 12:47 AM
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You can use Gatorade for electrolytes. I have used it on goats that were sick, and the vet said it works for any animal if you can't get or don't have animal electrolytes. I used the powder to make a more concentrated "drench", but the liquid works well too.

I feed 1 cup of apple cider vinegar in the summers to help keep flies away and encourage water consumption. I feed 1/2 cup of ACV during non-fly months to encourage water consumption. ACV also seems to help prevent rain rot and it seems to keep my "boys" cleaner. I just pour it right in to their feed.
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My vet uses metamucil as a substitute for sand clear.
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I haven't tried it on my ulcery mare, but when I had a thread about it, I was told bananas help with ulcers. Or at least making them feel better.
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post #8 of 27 Old 12-26-2010, 02:43 AM
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I know that some horse's get nervous when traveling like out of state or out of town and some wont drink water at other places because of the taste difference. What my family has always done with a horse like that is a few days before we sprinkle a bit of cool-aid powder in there water and when we leave we do the same for the water they drink on the way and when were at said location we do the same just sprinkle a little in there new water and they can't tell the difference because of the cool-aid and they drink with no problem.
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post #9 of 27 Old 12-26-2010, 08:32 AM
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I think Pumpkin is also good for palominos.. I think

Canola oil is ment to be good for weight as well
I have recently become a fan of ACV truely great :)
I think this theard is a great idea not silly at all, I am always curious as well like I didn't know ACV was good for mozzies bonus lol :P
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post #10 of 27 Old 12-26-2010, 10:45 AM
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Paprika is good for bringing out the color in coats and helping prevent fading. It's the main ingredient in those color enhancing supplements. I think the does is 2 tablespoons a day. It only works as the new hair grows in though.
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