Apple cider vinegar is actually good to use for horses. There are many ways that this product can be used to care for your furry friend. Here are certain uses that are recommended.
First, you may already know that horses have a tendency to chew the wood on their stalls. This is actually because it contains potassium, which is an element that they need in their diet. By adding apple cider vinegar to your horse’s drinking water, it will therefore absorb potassium and minerals and therefore stop this nasty habit. Furthermore, the vinegar will kill the bacteria that could end up in the water. This can also help a horse that has just recently arrived in a new location – the flavour will encourage it to drink even if it doesn’t want to.
This product can also be used for horses who develop colic. It helps with the digestive track. Using apple cider vinegar can help prevent them and therefore avoid having to perform surgery.
This works because the vinegar increases the amount of acid in the intestines. Since the amount of cases of colic is going up over the years, it is highly recommended to use apple cider vinegar.
Another advantage of adding apple cider vinegar to your horse’s water and/or food is that it will attract less flies and other miscellaneous insects. Since they end up perspiring vinegar, the flies will naturally be repelled. This is a great idea since horses can develop infections from insect bites or develop fungus.
Keeping bugs away is also an advantage because they can carry diseases such as the Nile virus.
Never use a spray that contains DEET on your horse because the chemicals can intoxicate it.
Another way to keep flies and insects away from your horse is by mixing apple cider vinegar, sugar and water in a plastic bowl that has a lid. Place the plastic bowl wherever your horse is when it is indoors, such as the stable, the trailer, and so on. Cover with a lid with holes punched into it. This will allow the flies to be attracted by the sweet liquid, but they won’t be able to get out. This home remedy can be used for yourself too, of course.
Another use for the vinegar is to apply it to infections. You don’t even need to dilute it in water for this – just dab on the infected area. You can put some on two to three times per day.
The last use for apple cider vinegar is for the hoofs. This will help prevent infections and keep them clean. You can either vaporize them or soak them in a mixture of apple cider vinegar and water. This will help by making that part of the body more acid therefore preventing mushrooms from growing.
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