Last Modified on Sep 18, 2015
You are probably aware of what a great natural remedy apple cider vinegar is for people, but did you know that it has just as many beneficial properties for horses? Surprisingly enough, ACV is one of the most effective natural supplements for horses and is effective for treating a wide array of conditions. Apple cider can be used to treat urinary tract stones, hoof rot, poor frog growth, and a number of other common issues.
What Is Apple Cider Vinegar?
Apple cider vinegar is a derivative of apple fermentation. The liquid is made from ripened apples that are fermented and distilled. As the process keeps the fruit’s nutritional make-up intact, the result is an intensely healthful product.
What Are the Health Benefits of ACV for Horses?
The fermentation process used to create apple cider vinegar yields one particularly important compound – acetic acid. This acid generates effective balancing components in your horses regulatory system so that it is all-around healthier. Acetic acid helps balance the pH in your animal’s body, which also helps treat issues with infection and inflammation.
In addition to acetic acid, though, apple cider vinegar also contains a number of other beneficial compounds including vitamins, mineral salts, and amino acids. These nutrients, such as vitamin A and phosphorus, are what make apple cider vinegar a key component for treating hoof rot, skin issues, and other specific health conditions for your horse.
What Specific Conditions Does Apple Cider Vinegar Treat in Horses?
In addition to supporting good general health in your horse, ACV can also be used to target specific health conditions. Apple cider vinegar is an effective remedy for several common yet difficult to treat issues. Among others issues, ACV is effective for treating urinary tract stones, hoof rot, and poor frog growth.
1. Urinary Tract Stones
Urinary tract stones typically result from a buildup of calcium and other particulates in the bladder and urinary tract. Apple cider vinegar functions to dissolve this buildup and promote adequate urinary circulation. To treat urinary tract stones, add 1/2 to 1 cup of ACV to every 6 gallons of water your horse drinks.
2. Hoof Rot
Hoof rot is another common condition in horses. The infection and inflammation often make it difficult to treat and care for your animal, but you can use apple cider vinegar to alleviate both. ACV is naturally antibacterial and anti-inflammatory. Additionally, the nutrients in ACV help restore normal cell growth. To use ACV for this purpose, soak the affected area in apple cider vinegar 2 to 3 times a day.
3. Poor Frog Growth
The health of your horse’s frogs is an important factor for whole body health, so caring for them is essential. Apple cider vinegar treats issues with poor frog growth much in the same way it does hoof rot. It helps eliminate underlying infection and restore health to the developing cells in the area. In this case, you should also apply ACV externally to the affected area.
Enteroliths or intestinal stones are another common condition in horses. Like with urinary tract stones, enteroliths form as a result of buildup and an imbalance of the pH in the animal’s body. Taking apple cider vinegar internally will help increase your horse’s intestinal acidity and prevent or even dissolve stones.
Does It Matter What Type of ACV?
While it does not necessarily matter what “brand” of ACV you purchase, you should stick to an all-organic apple cider vinegar. Organic ACV contains the mother or the cloudy, dark web in the bottom of the liquid which actually contains all the good nutrients. You can also sometimes find apple cider vinegar supplements or capsules, which are also effective for treating horses.
Keep reading below to learn more ways to use apple cider vinegar to improve your horse’s health!
Apple Cider Vinegar - http://www.webmd.com/diet/apple-cider-vinegar
Apple Cider Vinegar for Horses - http://www.thehorse.com/articles/32070/apple-cider-vinegar-for-horses
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[YEA] I've used ACV very successfully for arthritis with horses. Start with a small slop in a cup of water, add to feed. Gradually build up to about 1/2 cup a feed. The natural stuff, unpasteurised, is the one that works.
I have fed ACV to my horses for years. I get it by the gallon at a health food store. We bought a Baskir Curly horse who had VERY dry skin, Huge dandruff. I started him on ACV and now, he is shiny as he can be and no more of that dandruff. I feed 1/3 -1/2 cup a day in his feed. I was told by a old horseman years ago that ACV is great for loosening joints. Since horses can't talk, I can't say this for sure except I have a 32 year old horse that just keeps on going.
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Hi, I have been thinking about using ACV for my 14 year old thoroughbred for some time. She has always had cracked hooves and nothing seems to work. She is generally in good condition in the summer but drops condition very quickly when winter sets in and has a dull coat. I am struggling to find ACV in liquid form but have found many suppliers of capsules - do you know if these would be a good substitute and if so how many to feed?
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Posted by Stu (Cambridge, New Zealand) on 03/19/2010
[YEA] Hi, Im a racehorse trainer and have fed my horses apple cider/garlic and honey for over 30 years about 20 mils in their feed every night.I have trained major stakes winners in both nz and australia, and at this time im the leading trainer in Oman [middle east] my horses are the healthiest here and i get so many comments on how they look.
I would not do without this secret and we do not give injectables. Stu
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Acworth, Ga, Usa
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Las Vegas, Nv, Usa
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Alliston, Ontario, Canada
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Posted by Prayerwheel (Sunland, CA) on 07/14/2009
ACV for Miniature horses
Hello, I was reading all the Q&A about ACV & horses but couldn't figure out how to post my own question. I'm wondering how much ACV to give my minis. My equine dentist recommended it for the bad fly problem I'm having. Their coats are also dry, brittle and growing in very sparsely for the first time ever. Not sure what's going on but trying to figure it out.
My minis range between 140lbs-170 lbs. I've started mixing it, about 1/4 C per horse, with their pellets in the evening and covering the whole bowl with water, about 3 Gal for 5 bowls.
Can you help me?
Thank you in advance,
Ann & the minis
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Posted by Chris (Toledo, Washington) on 05/15/2009
I have heard that some people feed ACV to insure getting a filly if so how much to feed & when? thanks
Posted by Cadence (Vermontville, MI USA) on 04/25/2009
I have not tried this yet but intent to, When I do try it if my foal dont like ACV what should I do to make him take it or like it. I will mix it in his grain. I just need to no ahead of time what to do if he wont touch it? please let me know asap please and thanks
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Masury, Oh, Usa
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Posted by Cheri (Gentry, AR, USA) on 02/20/2009
[YEA] I have a Thoroughbred ex-racehorse whose joints would pop a lot when he moved. I started him up on 1/2 cup of ACV in his feed, twice a day, and within 3 days - no more popping! I also noticed that his attitude was brighter, he had more range of motion, his coat took on a darker richer tone, and his new hoof growth was smoother. I won't be changing his diet any time soon. Also used it as a spray for his coat with about a teaspoon of tea-tree oil. It really glossed up his coat.
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Posted by C Alesi (Lake Mathews, California USA) on 11/21/2008
[YEA] I have been putting a cup of ACV in my horses water barrel since last spring. I noticed my gelding was drinking alot more water with ACV. A few weeks of ACV, my gelding peed out a calcium deposits the size of a walnut. It also helped with the biting flies. One of our mares would get terrible fly bites, but this year she was scab free.
Posted by Cheri (Siloam Springs , Arkansas) on 11/10/2008
I just read about apple cider vinegar for horses. It sounds great! But has anybody had experience with cribbers? My horse cribs on the door knob of the tack room and I'm tired of replacing it. He is not bored and has a pasturemate, is out 24/7, and gets played with plenty. I heard it was a digestive disorder. Would ACV help?
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Greenbank, Qld Australia
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Brisbane, QLD Australia
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Salt Lake City, Ut
Posted by Cathy (Topeka, Kansas, USA) on 10/29/2008
[YEA] I have 9 horses in my barn and have used unfiltered ACV for the past two years with marvelous results. One TB gelding has even reduced ulcer problems with ACV and garlic. I go through so much of in the barn that I am now processing information as to how to make my own to keep costs down. Any ideas on how to make ACV that does not require fermenting Hard Cider?
EC: Here are a couple of recipes, but it appears that both recipes ferment Hard Cider: http://www.earthclinic.com/remedies/how_to_make_apple_cider_vinegar.html
Posted by Liz (Stuttgart, Germany) on 07/06/2008
[YEA] i mix 40 ml of cider vinegar with 20 grams of copper sulphate into a one liter spray bottle..top with water and it makes the most effective wound spray i have ever used (been using on it on my horses for over 20 years) .. it works equally as well on skin conditions ..
copper sulphate prevents proud flesh and kills all skin fungus.
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Posted by Abbey (Coffs Harbour, Australia) on 03/17/2008
[YEA] I used ACV on my horses for many years, along with dolomite, seaweed meal, sulphur, occasional garlic, occasional dose of copper sulphate as an additional worming, a little molasses, sometimes a few drops of cod liver oil for extra vitamin A when needed, mixed in with a small amount of slightly moist lucerne chaff. The horses loved it, it got them through a drought when there was not much to eat and not a lot of goodness in what there was. They never lost condition, always bright, shiny coats, healthy feet and when tested for worms - no worms and I did not give them anything commercial for worming accept what I have listed previous. When I bought an old horse home, wormy, in poor condition and a coat that was coming away in handfuls, I gave her a diluted apple cider wash and within days her coat stopped falling out and within weeks was growing a beautiful new coat.
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Coffs Harbour, Australia