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Cheap Home Remedies for Horses That Really Work
 By Winniefield Park   •   1st Jun 2014   •   2,544 views   •   0 comments
Cheap Home Remedies for Horses That Really Work

There are several reasons why people like home remedies, both for themselves and their horses. Cost is one attraction. Making up your own concoctions for things like mane and tail detangler, thrush, grease heel and rain scald can be economical. Many of us like to know what’s in the products we use, and would rather make our own. For whatever reason, home remedies are very popular. Here’s a look at some home-made horse care remedies.

Thrush
You can buy tiny bottles of ‘thrush remedy’ that cost a bundle, or you can buy a cheap bottle of iodine or Betadine soap. Either will do. Clean your horse’s hooves out frequently and pour the iodine into the hoof and let it soak in a bit. It will help dry the hoof up and kill the microbes responsible for the thrush. Some people use bleach or coppertox. These are both pretty harsh, and coppertox stains everything green and is toxic if it gets on wounds or skin.

Rain Scald
Some people run to the store for a bottle of MTG, but others prefer to make something up themselves. A lot of home remedies use either vinegar or rubbing alcohol. Both can irritate your horse’s skin and may actually make conditions more favorable for the microorganism responsible for the rain scald. Keep your horse dry and try mixtures containing a soothing oil or aloe, vitamin E, an antiseptic such as betadine or teatree oil. Some people use mouthwash, but most mouthwashes are mixtures of ethyl alcohol and flavorings such as mint.

Grease Heel
Grease heel is often treated like rain scald, but the microorganisms responsible can be different. And people try some pretty wacky home treatments such as sauerkraut juice. Grease heel doesn’t respond to all antibiotics because sometimes it is a fungus not bacteria that is responsible. So, it’s reasonable to try the same sort of home remedies as you would for rain scald, with the addition of an antifungal. Tea tree might work, but you may also want to try yeast infection cream that contains miconazole. Actually, the sauerkraut juice may have some merit, as real sauerkraut contains lactobacillus, which can help defeat bad microorganisms. If it doesn’t help, it certainly won’t hurt.

Hoof Cracks
The strangest hoof crack home remedy I’ve ever heard of is painting on fermented worm paste. Yep. Put a lid on a can of worms, let it sit in the sun and ferment and then paint it on your horse’s hooves. Yuck. The best home remedy is a good diet, proper trims and a damp place for the horse to walk through to maintain the moisture in the hoof wall. There’s some debate whether or not various types of oils help with hoof health. Some people think that oils such as pine tar, olive oil, neatsfoot and others will seal the moisture out of the hoof. Some swear by their effectiveness.

Any home remedy you try should show signs of working within a short time. If you rely only on home remedies, and they don’t appear to be working you could be making things worse for your horse. Give your home remedy a few days, and if there is no sign of improvement, call your vet for a recommendation.

What is a home remedy that’s worked for your horse?
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