Horse Care: Water and Feed Supplement
Dr Jarvis, the Vermont country doctor who popularized the use of apple cider vinegar in his book Folk Medicine, found that a horse would chew the wood of his stall because the wood contained potassium.
Experimenting with calves, he found that they would not chew the wood of their pens if ACV was added to their drinking water, since apple cider vinegar is an excellent source of easily absorbable potassium and other trace minerals.
Besides the nutritional benefits, vinegar helps to purify the drinking water by destroying harmful organisms that can thrive in neutral or mildly basic water. (Two thousand years ago Roman soldiers were adding vinegar to their drinking water for the same reasons!)
For horses, recommended dosage rates vary from 1 cup (250 ml) of ACV for every 50 gallons (190 liters) of drinking water all the way up to 1 cup (250ml) for every 6 gallons (23 liters).
For a horse that will not drink the water in a new location, a commonly used tip is to add apple cider vinegar to the unfamiliar water.
For a healthy horse, use 1/4 cup (60 ml) of unpasteurized ACV on his feed grain per day. Dilute the vinegar 50/50 with water before adding to the feed.
Because of its potassium and associated trace mineral content, this feed supplement is invaluable for mares coming up to foaling and it is also beneficial for older horses with digestive difficulties or arthritis.
Thrush and other foot fungus infections can be greatly reduced by a regular spray or soak application of apple cider vinegar to the soul and frog of your horse’s feet. By making the hoof area more acidic, fungus is no longer able to grow well there.
A general horse hoof soaking solution can be prepared by adding 1/4 cup (60 ml) of apple cider vinegar to one gallon (3.8 liters) of water.
The vinegar application will, at the same time, speed up the healing of any other foot infections or bruises your horse might have.
It is also said to help enhance anti-biotics helping them to work better. Helps with fly problems, which can lead to worms.
Full strength apple cider vinegar can be rubbed directly into the horse’s skin around a ringworm infection.
Ringworm is an infection of the skin and hair by several types of fungi (not worms).
Rub in thoroughly two or three times a day for several consecutive days. This is especially useful for ringworm infections that are too close to the eyes to use a copper wash.
I have been using Apple Cider Vinegar for over three years and have not had any problems with my horses health. I highly recommend using it on your horses. The horses love the taste of their water and drink more helping you to prevent Colic and Urinary Tract Infections.—Painted DreamCatcher Farms