Home Remedies (Health Edition)
So this was kind of sparked by my post about ACV and vegatable oil :D
I think it would be great if we all share our home remedies and cheaper alternatives for health products for our horses. Now we all know horse stuff can be expensive, so I think this thread will be beneficial for everyone.
So share what you use for fly control, what you feed your horse for better hooves, or maybe even what you will put on cuts or wounds.
Anything is game, so SPILL! :wink:
*Oh, and no bashing on other user's posts. Unless you know for a fact that it is wrong and/or harmful to a horse.*
(I am also starting a thread in Grooming, Tack and Equipment, and Stables and Barns for remedies in those categories, so keep your tips in this thread strictly related to Horse Health)
Alrighty, post away!
Here's a couple, I have more......
Tea Tree Oil: I use this around the outside of their ears when the no-see-ems are bad. Rub a little around the edge of the ear with a cue-tip. I also use TT oil on minor scrapes. (You should do a test patch). It can also be added to wash water for a soothing bath to ease itches, rinse well.
Cothivet: This stuff is amazing, I would never be without it. Here's some comments on it from another forum.
Cothivet, is it worth the $$??? - EMG Equestrian Community
Beer: If a horse is a little off it's water a bit of beer seems to really make them want to drink. With ours the cheaper the beer the better.
Popsicles: I often make orange or apple juice popsicles in the summer. I freeze them up in litre milk cartons and on a hot day throw one into their grain dishes. They love it and it's an extra litre of water. I put about 1/2 cup of juice and the rest water. You can also add some loose salt into the mix which will encourage even more water intake. You could use Gatoraid or anything that your horse really likes.
Our farrier swears by black pepper for minor wounds. Son in law's stud had a deep scratch/cut on his heel. Farrier scrubbed all the "ick" off to make sure it wasn't infected, then slathered good old ground black pepper all over it. It keeps the flies away and does seem to help speed the healing process along.
Our vet likes "Pink Lady" for minor to more serious wounds. We used in on our horses for their sunburn and the horrible rash daughter's colt developed due to an allergy to alfalfa. It works really well - the rash was all cleared up in a week. We are still using it on a few bare spots to keep them from sunburning. It's better than sunblock because it's really sticky. We can use it on their faces because it doesn't sweat off - but it sure gets us some funny looks when people drive by and see pink horses! :shock:
What is pink lady? I have a paint mare that is a little sunburnt on her back that I can't seem to make go away. Sorry not trying to take over the thread :)
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Pink Lady is a liquid goo that comes in a jar. It looks like Pepto Bismol. It has zinc oxide and other ingredients in it that really help with sunburn and with healing minor scrapes and wounds. It's pretty pricey, but it WORKS!
We get it from our vet (he teases us that with all our paint horses and others that are accident prone, we need to buy it by the gallon like he does) However, you can buy it online.
Here is a link to one source, but there are several others:
Tuttle's Elexer Special Liniment, Bickmore: Proudsoff, Corona Ointment, Pink Lady, Nu-Stock, Veterinary Cream, Healex, Healtox, Effol Horse Balm, Biozide Gel, Columbia Powder, Granulex, Ice-O-Gel, Franklin's Ointment!
I like the idea about popsicles J&K'sMom!
And Dee, pink lady sounds like a cool product.. I may try it one day because my horse gets severely sunburned.
Keep the tips coming! :D
When you say throw some salt into the mix, do you mean into the popsicle mix? What are you referring to?
My quick tip, I found that pouring a little bit of ACV (apple cider vinegar) into my mare's grain in the evenings encourages her to drink. I've even mixed it with water in her water bucket and she likes that. I read somewhere that ACV in water buckets prevents them from getting yucky so quickly. Can anyone validate that?
Keep 'em coming folks!
Great tips! Thank you!
Another cheap alternative I just discovered for removing bot eggs (wasn't sure whether to put this in Grooming Edition or Health Edition, so I'll put it in both). Knives somewhat scare me, so I avoid using the bot knife, although I know it also is cheap and works well. Instead of getting the Slick N' Easy Grooming Block, I got a pumice stone (for a buck at the dollar store . . . I realized how redundant that sounds, =) and it works just as well.
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