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Horse Home Remedies

This page is our personal collection of home remedies.  .

Please Note:
These are home remedies not necessarily tested or tried by us. They have been gathered to provide alternative methods of treatment and therefore should always be used with some degree of caution. Brandy Auseth and Adrien Gauthier are not responsible for any loss or damage from use of alternatives provided within this site

 

Abscesses

Bleeding

Burns

Colic Preventatives

Dandruff

Deodorize Stalls

Fungus

Girth Itch

Hoof Dressing

Liniment

Mane and Tail Detangler

Minerals

Poultice

Proud Flesh

Rain Rot

Repellent

Ring Worm

Scratches

Shiney Coat

Sore Feet

Sweet and Summer Itch

Swelling or Soreness

Tack Care

Thrush

Tying Up

Warts

White Line Disease (Seedy Toe)

White Spots (Cleaning)

Wood Chewing

Wound Dressings

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Abscesses
Tea Tree Oil
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Bleeding
A wadded-up bunch of cobwebs will stop bleeding. Not very sanitary in a wound, but you will keep your horse from bleeding to death your vet can always clean the wound later.
Pack sugar into a severe cut to slow or stop blood loss and to help a would heal literally scarless.
Preperation H. Wait until the would is healing cleanly on the inside, then treat with the PH to close the skin back up.
Flour
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Burns and Scrapes
Sugar and Iodine - mix into a paste for use on scrapes and burns - the sugar keeps the flesh from dying and the Iodine fights the infection.
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Colic Preventative
1 teaspoon of Baking Soda in the horses feed a day
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Dandruff
Listerine, or any basic mouthwash.
Baby Oil mixture of 12 oz of water mixed with 2 oz of disinfectant mouth wash, 3 oz of baby oil and a few drops of iodine tinture.
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Deodorize Stalls
Sprinkle baking soda
Sprinkle lime powder
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Fungus
Equal parts Athletes foot salve, Triple Antibiotic Cream, Petrolium Jelly.  Mix and apply to affected areas. Wash with Preptodine let set for 20 minutes(wash around area). Then apply Tea Tree Oil to an area around. Tea Tree Oil can be cut with Olive oil to make one bottle last longer.
Rose flower anti-fungal powder (For roses only)
Can be used in a powder form or mixed with petrolem jelly to make a cream.
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Girth Itch
Betadine scrub and a topical iodine solution
Desitin (baby diaper rash salve)
Sea Breeze. Found in the cosmetic section at most major drug stores. Be sure to get the original formula, not one of the gentle ones
Keep a little container full of cotton balls and 1/2 water/bleach. Rubbing a cotton ball on the spots once, sometimes twice, will do it. Does NOT sting, feels oily going on.
Warning: Contagious fungus, disinfect all grooming supplies and tack that touches area after touching infected horse with bleach/lysol and you shouldn't ride if the area will be rubbed in anyway because the friction irritates the area along with the horses sweat. Wash all girths/brushes saddle blankets in 1/10 bleach to water (mostly water) daily so it doesn't transfer thru them to other horses.
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Hoof Dressing
1 cup Salt, 1 cup Castor Oil, 1/2 cup Wheat Germ Oil, Mix well.
For Bulb Cracks - Apply Destine over bulb, this will allow them to heal.
Conditioner - Mix equal parts Pine tar and corn oil together.
Oil - 1 head of Garlic/Cloved, 3 cups of Olive Oil, A few tablespoons of Cheyenne Pepper, Mix well and store in jar
Jello - mixed in with the feed, encourages hoof growth
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Liniment
2 pints clear alcohol, 2 pints wintergreen alcohol, 2 pints witch hazel, 1/2 bottle store-bought equine liniment. Pour all ingredients into a clean gallon container, top off with white vinegar
Witch Hazel, Listerine, Aloe Juice (optional), Mix in equal parts and apply with spray bottle.
1 ounce Goldenseal powder, 1 ounce Myrrh powder, 1 ounce Echinacea, 1/4 ounce Cayenne powder, 1 pint Rubbing Alcohol, Place herbs in a bottle and add Rubbing Alcohol. Shake usedaily for 3-10 days. Strain and store in bottle.
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Mane and Tail Detangler
Vanilla and water
Mix 1 part calgon bath oil beads (dry) to 3 parts water in a spray bottle.
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Minerals
2 scoops of cattle mineral (comes in a bag at feed stores)
1 scoop of salt
1 1/2 scoops of dry mollasses
Mix ingredients then mix in enough hot water to make pasty. Let harden overnight. Serve.
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Poultice
1/2 Cup Epsom Salts, 4 Cups Millers Wheat Bran, Warm Water as needed, Mix well add enough water to form a good paste.
Kaopectate, Flour or Miller's Bran, Mix to a paste
Baking Soda, Witch Hazel, Mix to Paste
Table Sugar, Betadine Solution,
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Proud Flesh
Preparation H - aids in the reduction of proud flesh and also encourages hair growth on wound sites.
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Rain Rot
Listerine, or any basic mouthwash, Hydrogen Peroxide, Vinegar, Betadine: mix a fairly weak solution with water in a bucket and sponge it over the area, and let them stand in the sun to dry, wash it off.
Do not pick the scabs off or do anything else, clears up within a week or so if you do it every day or even twice a day.
1/10th solution of bleach and water. Treat area liberally with olive oil. It makes the hair grow back with its natural color.
One Teaspoon of Rose Dust Powder to one Gallon of Water.
1/2 oz Tincture of Iodine, 16 oz Mineral Oil or Baby Oil, 16 oz 3% Hydrogen Peroxide, Dab onto affected areas or individual scaps with sponge or wad of cotton, then leave on overnight to loosen and disinfect. Mix only what you need. Store the rest in a loosly covered bucket. Not in an enclosed bottle! Warning! It will explode!
1 liter Listerine, 1/2 bottle(7 oz) Baby Oil, 2 cup 2% Chlorhexidine Gluconate Solution, Tea Tree Oil, -Mix in spray bottle. Lasts 4 days. Spray on, next day wipe off with towel and reapply.
Rose flower anti-fungal powder (For roses only) Can be used in a powder form or mixed with petrolem jelly to make a cream.
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Repellent
Brewers Yeast in the feed
Garlic Powder in feed. The addition of garlic to a horse's feed causes the skin to secrete garlic-scented oils that deter flies.
Adding a little vinegar or cider vinegar to a horses water raises the pH of the horses blood sufficiently to put flies off from biting.
Shaklee's Basic H
Braid Bounce or another brand of scented dryer sheets into the horse's mane and tail, and rub them over the horse.
Meat tenderizer - moistened into a paste takes the sting out of bug bites and stinging nettles.
2 cups white vinegar, 1 Cup Avon Skin So Soft bath oil (original), 1 Cup water and if you can get it 1 Tablespoon eucaliptus oil. Mix in a spray bottle.
Mix one part citronella to four parts water. Put in spary bottle shake before spraying.
Mix 1 oz of citronella, to 7 oz water, 7oz of applecider vinegar. Shake well while spraying.
Mix 1/3 applecider vinegar, 1/3 listerine mouth wash, 1/3 vegetable oil ( or Citronella ) Shake can be sprayed or rubbed on generously
White wine vinegar, water and any combination of citronella, eucalyptus, lavender, sandalwood or tea tree oils Mix a few drops of each essential oil into a little washing-up liquid and add to the vinegar and water. Put the resultant mixture into a spray bottle and shake well before using. Variations include the addition of strong, cold tea instead of water, crushed garlic (although this can clogs the 'spray' mechanism of the bottle), meths, and Dettol.
Take a large lemon with a thick rind and slice thinly. Place in a bowl with a few sprigs of rosemary and cover both in boiling water. Allow to steep overnight and strain the mixture the following morning. Pour the mixture into a spray bottle and shake before applying. A similar response seems to be had by doing the same with leaves, stems and flowers from Elder bushes. (Slipping flowering elder twigs through your horses browband can also act as a fly repellent.)
Mix one part crushed garlic to five parts water. Shake the mixture and leave overnight. Strain and pour liquid into a spray bottle.
Bag Balm in ears In a quart sprayer mix: 1 inch white vinegar, 1 inch blue Dawn dish liquid (Can dry skin) Fill with water
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Ring Worm
Shaving the area to let sunlight get to the fungus faster
Tooth Paste
Nail Polish(preferable clear) - Brush nail polish directly over and around ringworm this will sufficate it and it'll be gone within 2 days(may burn slightly @ 1st )
Athlete's foot medications
Vinegar
One Teaspoon of Rose Dust Powder to one Gallon of Water.
1/2 oz Tincture of Iodine, 16 oz Mineral Oil or Baby Oil, 16 oz 3% Hydrogen Peroxide, Dab onto affected areas or individual scaps with sponge or wad of cotton, then leave on overnight to loosen and disinfect. Mix only what you need. Store the rest in a loosly covered bucket. Not in an enclosed bottle! Warning! It will explode!
Keep a little container full of cotton balls and 1/2 water/bleach. Rubbing a cotton ball on the spots once, sometimes twice, will do it.Does NOT sting, feels oily going on.
Warning: Contagious fungus, disinfect all grooming supplies and tack that touches area after touching infected horse with bleach/lysol Wash all girths/brushes saddle blankets in 1/10 bleach to water (mostly water) daily so it doesn't transfer thru them to other horses.
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Scratches
Shaklee's Basic H and Basic N
Yeast Inhibitor such as Beer
Clorox dilute
Frontline spray (the dog stuff)
A Panacur/Furisan/DMSO mixture
A sulphur powder mixed with Desitin. 1/2 oz Tincture of Iodine, 16 oz Mineral Oil or Baby Oil, 16 oz 3% Hydrogen Peroxide, Dab onto affected areas or individual scaps with sponge or wad of cotton, then leave on overnight to loosen and disinfect. Mix only what you need. Store the rest in a loosly covered bucket. Not in an enclosed bottle! Warning! It will explode!
1 liter Listerine, 1/2 bottle(7 oz) Baby Oil, 2 cup 2% Chlorhexidine Gluconate Solution, Tea Tree Oil, Mix in spray bottle. Lasts 4 days. Spray on, next day wipe off with towel and reapply.
4 oz Desitin Baby Ointment (Zinc Oxide for sunscreen), 3 oz Furacin of Nitrofurazine Ointment (Bacterial Agent), 1 oz Desinex Athletes Foot Ointment or Powder (Fungicide), 1 oz 0.5% Hydrocortison Cream (to remove irritation and allow skin to heal itself), -Mix all together and apply to affected area being sure to rub well into the skin. Wear gloves! Do not substitue brands
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Shiney Coat
Listerine, or any mouth wash
Shaklee's Basic H
Vanilla
Apple Cider Vinegar in feed
WD40 - use to put a shine on manes/tails in show ring, also good for getting out burrs and pine sap.
After wash rince body with 1/4 cup baby oil and 5 gallons of water
1/4 cup Hair Conditioner (Suave works best), 1/4 cup Baby Oil, 2 tablespoons Vinegar (to keep flies away, this is optional), 1/4 cup Water -Mix in spray bottle
1 oz Rose Oil, 1 quart Water - Mix. Spray in and brush with stiff bristle brush.
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Sore Feet
Blue Clay(found in creek beds) wet and packed into hoof
Milk and Bread Poutice - 6 Slices of Bread, Milk enough to soak up the bread. 2 to 3 Tablespoons of Salt. - Mix together and pack intot he bottom of the foot, put pads on. Maximum 4 hours. Pulls out infection in foot, cut, or wounds.
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Sweet Itch and Summer Itch
Apply small amounts of Avon's Skin So Soft bath oil to the most vulnerable areas.
Add cider vinegar the horse's feed.
Apply menthol products, such as Vick's VapoRub or a cheaper generic version, to susceptible areas.
Feed the horse about 2 tablespoons of garlic powder two times a day to make his sweat smell garlicky and repel the flies.
Braid Bounce or another brand of scented dryer sheets into the horse's mane and tail, and rub them over the horse.
Combine the following ingredients and apply the mixture to sweet itch sores twice daily. 8 oz. of Gold Bond Medicated Body Lotion (Extra Strength, in green bottle), 4 oz. Aveeno Anti-Itch Concentrated Lotion, 4 oz. Benadryl Itch-Stopping Gel, 4 oz. Avon Skin So Soft, (increase up to 8 oz. if the gnats are bad).
Flax Seedin a spray bottle, put in 1/3 baby oil and 2/3 brown listerine.
Fantastic cleaning spray
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Swelling or Soreness
Fistula Remedy - 1/2 gallon milk of magnesia, 1 bottle of mercurochrome (Betadine can substitude mercurochrome) Mix and add to injured area to help drain and reduce pain
Witches Brew Warning! Do not use on open wounds will burn -
1 part Absorbine, 1 part DMSO, 2 parts Water, A small amount of table Salt(teaspoon per quart) Do not substitute with Epsom Salts as it causes the wrong kind of chemical reaction - Apply with dish mop until area is wet. Avoid contact with your own skin
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Tack Care
Put a little bit of REGULAR mayonaise on nicks and scratches on your saddle.
If you use glycerin tto clean your saddle, put a little bit in a spray bottle and let dissolve. Then you have leather new for free
If you have silver on your saddle that needs polishing, use a regular eraser on it.
Murphy's Oil Soap - works great to clean leather, very mild.
Kerosene - Soak rusty tools (hoof nippers, fence tools, pliers, etc.) over night a bucket of kerosene to remove rust. Really bad rust may need to be soaked longer.
Oats - Put 2 or 3 cups of whole oats in a 5 gallon bucket, bury the bit in the oats, and rub the oats all over the bit. It gets off dried grass and shines the bit back up.
Plain Crest toothpaste - shines up silver on saddles and bridles beautifully.
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Thrush
Bleach
Hydrogen peroxide
Betadine
Sugar
Clean your horse's hooves with a hoof pick and hydrogen peroxide. Then rinse them with water, and pat dry with a paper towel. Next, mix Betadine scrub with sugar until it forms a thick paste. Betadine and sugar inhibit bacterial growth. Pack the clefts and all decaed pockets with the paste. If you like bandage or boot his hooves to help keep them clean and hold in the paste. Repeat once or twice daily until the thrush is gone.
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Tying Up
1 Teaspoon of Baking Soda in the horses feed. The idea about helping prevent tying up has its roots on the racetrack. By giving baking soda, which is very basic, in theory you can counter lactic acid production by the muscles. Again, in THEORY, countering the lactic acid keeps the horse fresh longer and will help prevent muscle fatigue.
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Warts
Tooth Paste(I recommend Crest or Colgate)
Iodine
AD&E Vitamins in water
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White Line Disease aka Seedy Toe
Rub a couple of drops of Grapefruit Seed Extract Oil(or Lotion) on the outside of the hoof twice daily.
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Cleaning White Spots
Wisk(laundry detergent) makes white spots whiter than the expensive whitening shampoos
Simply Green - use to remove those stubborn grass stains.
Old fashioned 'Blueing' - a few drops in water to whiten coats and tails.
Vinegar
Put Witchhazel in a spray bottle and spray area.; Then wipe it off with a rag to remove grass and manure stains.
Sprinkle cornstarch in hair.; Let absorb for a couple minutes and then brush out.
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Wood Chewing
Paint used oil on boards, they don't like the taste.Mix the hottest pepper mix you can find, along with very hot sauce and paint this on all the boards your horse is chewing on. Warning Make sure your horse has lots of water available.
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Wound Dressings
Pure unpasturized honey in wound dressing
To heal a bad wound or one that is hard to treat and bandage, and you are worried about proud flesh building, use slack or pickle lime! It can be purchased at the lumberyard for a very reasonable price. Just throw or pat on the wound and leave open to air. This works great for a pasture horse, one that is hard to catch, or hard to keep bandaged on a daily basis.
Another great wound healer is using sugar and betadine solution mixing in enough sugar to make a paste-like consistency. I used it for hoof abcessess and large body wounds that cannot be sutured and/or wrapped. It is reported that the glucose in the sugar speeds up cellular mitosis by supplying energy, in conjuction with the betadine, it acts as a anti-bacterial agent.
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Please Note:
These are home remedies not necessarily tested or tried by us. They have been gathered to provide alternative methods of treatment and therefore should always be used with some degree of caution. Brandy Auseth and Adrien Gauthier are not responsible for any loss or damage from use of alternatives provided within this site