Horses are an expensive pet to own, and the costs of medication are quite substantial. However, if we can reduce that by taking care of our strong, beautiful beasts at home – only partially, of course, as we are not vets! – by using things most of us keep in our cupboards anyways, we can use them to prevent and assist in healing small inconveniences and discomforts that our horses go through. There are some that are known as tried, tested and true! Here they are:
• Apple Cider Vinegar:
To help you reduce the amount of flies and various other little critters that can bother both of you while riding. Spray it on using a normal spray bottle. You can also use a small amount per day to relieve arthritis and joint pain by adding ¼ cup to your horse’s feed.
• Preparation H
It actually promotes hair growth on an old wound where all the hair fell off.
• Meat Tenderizer
Add a bit of water to form a paste and use on insect bites.
• Sugar Water
Use a bit of sugar water and aloe vera cream – straight from the plant or use a natural concentrate – and apply on blisters, burns and cuts to help heal them faster. This is good for people too, minus the sugar water.
This is for the tools and equipment that is starting to rust a bit. Soak them in kerosene overnight.
• Metamucil or natural psyllium
Use this to help prevent sand colic if you live in a sandy area.
• Salt solution
This helps flush wounds. Use one tablespoon per gallon of water.
• Red pepper
Horses hate this and won’t chew on anything that tastes like it. Use lotion like the aloe vera cream and shake the pepper on.
• Baking Soda
This is a known disinfectant. Use it to clean your horse’s water bucket and food dish.
It actually helps heal wounds. Use it with any normal liquid balm or remedy you normally use.