What is all the buzz about apple cider vinegar? Look no further… we have the answer. Apple cider vinegar is loaded with benefits for your horse and can even help around the barn.
After reading this article, you will want to visit your local grocery store and pick up some of this amazing liquid. We have long heard of the benefits for people, but as equestrians, we are most interested in what it can do for our horses. Not only is it an incredible liquid, but it is also extremely affordable…and who doesn’t love a budget solution.
Today we will discuss 9 amazing benefits of apple cider vinegar for horses. You will never want to be without this liquid gold again. It truly is a wonder tonic for horse and barn health.
1. Pesky Flies Don’t Bother Me
Shew fly don’t bother me! Have you been looking for a barn fly remedy? Apple cider vinegar may be part of the solution!
Recently, we discussed the best homemade fly spray for horses. Many of these recipes included the use of apple cider vinegar, but now, we are going to discuss how it can be added to horse feed to get rid of those nasty pests.
Apple cider vinegar works to raise Vitamin B levels in horses. When their Vitamin B levels are optimized, horses will naturally secrete more thiamine through their skin. Flies do not like Vitamin B1 and will be naturally less attracted to your horse.
Studies have shown that horses who are fed a higher sugar diet have lower levels of Vitamin B1. Apple cider vinegar can provide your horse with a natural dose of Vitamin B1.
When researching on horse health, it always amazes me the parallels between the health of the horse and the health of humans. Just like with us humans, horses who are fed healthier and more diets, have healthier bodies than those who eat more processed foods.
At Natural Equestrians, we highly recommend the use of Apple Cider Vinegar to reduce flies.
2. Antibiotics or Apple Cider Vinegar
You walk out to the pasture to get your horse and notice he has a fresh cut. Will you go for the antibiotic ointment or pull out the apple cider vinegar?
While both Apple Cider Vinegar and antibiotic ointment have their place in the tack room, ACV can be an excellent disinfectant. It has been proven to reduce the bacteria, as well as protect the wound from bugs and other pests.
If your horse has a small cut or scrape, you might just want to try spritzing on some ACV. It can even speed up the healing time. As equestrians, we all want happy and healthy horses.
3. Stomach Troubles- Intestinal Stones
At this point, you may just think that Apple Cider Vinegar is too good to be true, but wait there is more. Apple cider vinegar has been proven to reduce the size and sometimes even eliminate intestinal stones in horses. This is a truly incredible finding!
According to, Equine Wellness, the high acid content in ACV can help dissolve enteroliths (intestinal stones). These intestinal stones can form from a variety of causes including alfalfa that is very high in protein or even water that has developed too many minerals.
ACV is an excellent supplement and preventative and would be especially beneficial for older horses, and those with a history of colic. We can never take the health of our horses too seriously.
4. Throttling Thrush
Bring out the fungus busters! Apple cider vinegar is an excellent remedy for horses that struggle with thrush. It has been proven to carry strong anti-fungal and anti-bacterial effects.
The best way to apply ACV to the hoof is through the use of a watered down ACV spray. You can either spray the hoof with diluted apple cider vinegar or you can soak your horse’s hoof in the water ACV solution.
This will help greatly reduce the fungus and bacteria, and improve the overall health of their hoof.
5. Help for Arthritis
Clicking knees? Apple cider vinegar just might provide some relief. By now, we all know that ACV has many health benefits, and now we will add one more thing to the list. Some sources state that ACV might be good for overall joint health and even arthritis.
Apple cider vinegar improves mineral balance and restores pH levels. It will truly help improve the overall health of your horses. Some sources have shown that it can even reduce the effects of arthritis.
There is nothing we won’t try for our horses, and the addition of apple cider vinegar for arthritis is worth a try!
6. Water Adjustment
You are at a horse show, and your horse is just not liking the taste of his water. You remember the adage, you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink. Don’t worry, apple cider vinegar is here to save the day!
All you need is a bit of apple cider vinegar (a tablespoon or two), and a bucket of water. Make sure to use a plastic bucket, as ACV can extract minerals out of metal. When you use a plastic bucket, this will not be a concern.
By pouring the apple cider vinegar into your horse’s water, they will be plenty happy to drink. As we all know, you do not want a dehydrated horse. ACV can be a real lifesaver in a pinch!
7. Weight Loss Blues
I don’t know about you, but I have certainly experienced some weight loss blues in the past. As equestrians, we hate it when our horse is struggling with the same issue. If your horse has a hay belly, apple cider vinegar might be an excellent addition to their diet.
Studies have shown that apple cider vinegar will help reduce insulin resistance. Insulin resistance is caused by high blood sugar. A small amount of ACV added to your horse’s diet, can greatly reduce insulin resistance and diabetes in horses. It will lower blood sugar, and balance out their levels.
This study was conducted on humans, which once again illustrates the correlation between horse and human health. ACV can help your horse’s metabolism function properly, keep off excess weight, and balance blood sugar levels.
8. The Mane Event
Look at that gorgeous copper horse out in the field. Its mane and tail are glistening in the sun… I wonder what supplements they are using? You are in luck, it might be apple cider vinegar.
While we recently learned all about bathing a horse, we will now discuss an excellent mane and tail conditioner…apple cider vinegar.
Once added, to your horse’s bathing routine ACV can go a long way in shining your horse’s coat naturally. It is an excellent rinse to add to your horse’s mane and tail. It will provide that extra shine we all know and love!
9. Dirt and Weeds Be Gone
Not only can apple cider vinegar improve the health of your horses, but also your stables. It can be used as an excellent rinse for your saddle pads and blankets. It will remove all of the dirt and grime, leaving them extra, squeaky clean. It will also remove any smells or remaining odors.
Not only can it be an excellent choice for washing stable blankets, but it is also excellent as a weed killer. While many people opt for products such as roundup, it is a toxic chemical. By using a natural alternative such as ACV, you can kill farm weeds without harming the environment or taking the risk of having a horse ingest chemicals.
We call this a win-win for horses and humans!
To us equestrians, apple cider vinegar can be compared to liquid gold. It is a multi-purpose product, that can help around the farm in so many ways.
Apple cider vinegar has so many benefits for horses and humans, it is hard to know which one to try first. We truly hope you will give ACV a try around your farm. It is sure to be a help to you and your equine friends.
Please share your experience with ACV in the comments below!
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