Horses & Apple Cider Vinegar
APPLE VINEGAR BENEFITS YOUR HORSES
Vinegar is a water purifier. No known pathogens can survive in raw apple vinegar. Add one cup of apple vinegar to a watering tank daily to purify the water source and sustain your horses good health.
Date: 5/27/2005 4:33:56 PM ( 16 y ) ... viewed 8647 times
Water is very important, if you can, try to use a chlorine free source. I add apple vinegar to the water source to help reduce the content of possible toxins as well as to provide clean, pure and adequate water source. It also helps with insect problems. Even Nat and bott problems are reduced with the addition of apple vinegar to the water. One of the easiest ways to provide apple vinegar is through the water source.
If your water tank automatically fills, use this formula:
Add1 cup of vinegar per 6 gallons of water contained in the tank. Then, add an additional 2 ounces of apple vinegar per horse per day.
A normal, healthy horse, with the addition of 2 ounces of vinegar per day, will noticeably resist insect and parasite problems, grow shinier and more easily managed hair and increase endurance and energy levels.
Add 2 oz. of apple vinegar to feed.
Adding apple vinegar to feed is equally as effective as the addition in water. It can be added to a serving of grain, hay or any other feed. Usually, your horse will let you know the taste is different the first few times you do this, after that - they seems to crave the taste!
Many people are currently using apple vinegar to relieve arthritis and/or control weight. It works the same way for horses! Older horses often have problems with arthritis and other types of joint conditions. Often, they acquire digestive difficulties and other dietary concerns. The addition of apple vinegar to the diet of an older horse will make a substantial difference in a matter of only a couple of weeks. Continued use will substantially reduce and sometimes totally eliminate these problems without making any other changes in your horses program.
Apple Vinegar is a natural antibiotic.
The addition of apple vinegar to the diet of a horse with kidney or other internal infections usually eliminates the problem! If your horse is already consuming 2 oz per day and somehow develops an internal infection, increase the amount to 4 oz per day by adding an additional 2 oz at the second feeding. Then, increase the amount by 1 oz at a time to each feeding gradually over the next few days to a MAXIMUM of 6 oz per day. Maintain this amount until the infection disappears. Always consult with your veterinarian when you have problems with your horses' health.
If an infection already exists, start with the 2 oz per day and increase gradually from there as your horse becomes accustomed to the taste. Apple Vinegar will enhance the reaction of other antibotics as well. There is no need to be concerned about adding apple vinegar to a horses diet while they are currently recieving other antibiotic treatments.
Sometimes, when adding apple vinegar to the diet of a horse that is not in a state of optimal health you may notice a change in the color of the urine. This is due to the cleansing effect the vinegar has on a horses internal system.
I challenge you to use a source of raw, natural apple vinegar added to your horse's diet and track the difference in health. Hopefully, you already have kept careful records of vet consults, etc. Add apple vinegar and continue to keep these records. You will be pleased with the difference you see!
To Control Pests and Parasites
Mix equal amounts of Apple Vinegar, Avon's Skin So Soft and water; add 1/2 the amount of baby shampoo (or other liquid soap product); mix it up and put in in a spray bottle.
This mixture is more natural than most of the fly repellents you will find available, it will work better, last longer and add shine to your horse's coat. It elliminates those nasty looking nat lines on the chest and underneath the jaw/chin area in a matter of a couple of days. The horses won't resist application because it won't sting or burn.
Some of us believe that the addition of apple vinegar to a horses feed is very helpful in the elimination of most common equine intestinal parasites including Bots. During the year 2000 I have used this formula in the spray form and have faithfully supplied my horses with 2 ounces of vinegar each day. For the first time, WE HAVE HAD NO BOTS!
As a Detoxifier
The addition of apple vinegar to a horses' diet will naturally cleans your horses internal system. This has been known to increase the efficiency of the horses' entire pulminary system as well as reduce side effects of drugs such as lasix. By cleansing your horses' internal systems you will provide your horse with its maximum natural ability to:
eliminate the need for antibiotics
Improve Coat and Color
Improve overall health
Reduce weather stress
Reduce insect and parasite rpoblems
Spray vinegar on your horses feet:
When applied to the soul and frog of your horse on a regular basis you will eliminate or greatly reduce your problems with thrush and other foot fungus, and speed up the healing of any absesses, bruises or other trauma problems.
Applied to the hoof wall 2-3 times a week during the riding season and reduce cracks, improve the quality of the hoof wall and avoid the need to use other types of hoof conditioning produces.
"If your horses eat off the ground (most horses) I would add two tablespoons of psyllium (metamucil) to bran to help pick up more sand. There is some evidence that a cup of apple cider vinegar on the feed daily may prevent enterolyths in susceptible horses. Colic is not uncommon, is very serious and in horses is an emergency." quoted from NetPets: Thomas D Morrow D.V.M.
"Kidneys function largely due to a balance of what are called the Sodium and Potassium Pumps. What hapens is that compounds like salt (Sodium Chloride) assist the cells in the Kidneys to draw fluid into themselves for processing. Potassium compounds work to draw fluid out of the cells and form the basis of most Diuretic medicines. Certain feed substances have naturally high levels of potassium and you can feed bananas or a little extra Cider Vinegar if you are worried that your horse needs extra help." Robert McDowell, Herbalist, January 1999.
"Many people report that feeding their horse apple vinegar makes the horse less attractive to flies." The Horse Interactive, Sept. 1997
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