Benefits of using apple cider vinegar & vegetable oil?
So where I work at they give the horses a squirt of ACV & vegetable oil in the morning. I was just wondering what exactly these do for horses and if there are any side effects?
I know ACV helps with bugs and vegetable oil helps keep weight. Anything else they do? I would be willing to try these if they really work and have great benefits ;)
ACV...also said to balance Alkaline acid in the body, and the acetic acid in ACV help slow glucose absorption
Oil..helps w a shiny coat, adds weight, and also can help reduce lactic acid build up in muscles
Apple cider vinegar is often used for arthritic horses to help with stiffness/soreness
wanted to add...ACV is said to boost immunity and also help alleviate allergies
I've found that ACV helps stimulate drinking . . . I've put it in unfamiliar water that the "princess" wouldn't drink, until I put some ACV in (as I do at home).
I didn't know ACV helped with arthritis. That's a real plus.
I used to work for a woman that swore ACV, when fed to brood mares would make them have fillies. She said it had something to do with the alkaline levels of the body would not support a colt. I don't know if it is actually true or not. But I can tell you that she only had one colt while I was working for her, and it was out of a mare that she sent off to be bred, and they didn't continue the ACV regimen while she was there. All the rest of her foals were fillies.
So I have been feeding my horses 1/4 of a cup every day.. I already notice a difference in flies! There is still a few buzzing around them but it has seemed to ward off most of them. Is this enough though to get all the benefits?
That should be enough...I only give my mare an 1/8 of a cup, and it still makes a big difference :D
I started giving my horse it as well once I heard about all the benefits.
I say its great his back legs used to crack and i havn't heard a crack since
I use the cheap Walmart brand of ACV. I feed a little less than 1 cup per-day to each of the 8 horses in my care (4 are mine, 4 boarded). It aids in digestion, encourages them to drink more water, masks supplements, and seems to help with flies, a little... It also seems to help the boys stay "cleaner" and need less frequent sheath cleaning.
Corn or Veggie oil has no real benefit, except for fat calories. It is high in Omega 6 fatty acids, which horses already get plenty of from hay (yes, hay has Omega 6's in it). If you want to improve skin/coat/feet, I have had better luck with flax. I feed flax meal from ADM. My feed store carries it, $30 for 20 lbs. Omega Horseshine and horsetech.com's Nutra Flax are very good too, but higher priced at around $45 for 20 lbs. You can also buy (or order) whole flax from most feed stores. You can feed it whole or grind it yourself.
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