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For Those Nasty Abscesses
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For Those Nasty Abscesses

Horses can have several different types of abscesses. These little pockets are usually filled with unwanted pus, and are typically caused by a bacterial or fungal infection. At time, it can be because an object became lodged in the skin, or it can be due to an infection in the body, such as a fever.

Horses can have abscesses in any body part, even their throat, so treatments vary according to location. However, one thing you can do – to heal and prevent abscesses – is to let the horse breathe and orally consume medicinal and high quality essential oils or the actual herb. If you are using the oils, you need to measure a small portion and add it to their water – preferably a drop or two, no more – but if you are adding it to their solid food, you can chop up a handful of each type of herb you want to give to it.

If the abscess is easily reached, start by draining it. Then, you can make an ointment by adding a few drops of oil to an aloe vera base, your own horse ointment, or an olive oil base can be applied directly on the sore area. Alternatively, if it is an area that can easily be soaked (like the hoof, for example), use warm water mixed with Epsom salts, then add the oil mixture in. Soak for 20 minutes or more, if your horse accepts. This treatment will also help open an abscess that you can’t (or don’t want to) open yourself.

As for a tooth abscess, put your mixture in an empty spray bottle and spray two or three times per day.

If you can’t reach the area or just don’t want to try forcing the abscess open yourself, you can call your vet, then apply the ointment. In the meantime, while waiting for the vet to arrive, you can still give your horse an aromatherapy treatment or give him the herbs orally.

The types of oils or herbs to use are:

• Tea Tree of Melaleuca alternifolia • Oregano • Lemongrass • Rosemary • Myrtle • Lavender • Citronella

To help reduce the pain of the abscess, use wintergreen oil in your mixture.



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  1. autumnap
    Very interesting article. I'm very much in favour of using herbal remedies where possible. After all, what did the horsemen of old use before antibiotics etc?! Voted.
  2. Chestnut Mare
    Chestnut Mare
    Voted. It sounds like very good advice. I imagine it is a pretty unpleasant job treating abcesses though! Please come and check out my new blog ASAP, Please, No Horses For Courses. I am sure you will agree with me!
  3. Rene Wright
    Rene Wright
    Voted. :) Great as always! I'm keeping track of all these natural things, I really like them. Please check out my latest: Update on DE & Cookie's latest. Thanks. :)

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