Apple Cider Vinegar for Horses

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Posted by Tina (Hot Springs, AR) on 04/10/2006
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I have a 27 year old quarter horse that went through Marqui treatment for EPM last August. It was a slow hard recovery. About two months ago I noticed that his stools were very loose, but not watery. I was very concerned as horses have fragile digestive systems. I tried ACV 3 ounces everyday for about 1 week now. I noticed after about 3 days they had firmed up but were unusually dark. Today I went to clean his stall and I saw the first normal looking stool I've seen in a long time. He seems to be moving better and I'm not hearing his joints 'crack' as much. Good stuff!


Posted by Elaine (UK) on 02/04/2006
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i brought my daughters welsh section a pony about 5 months ago and when she came she was really stiff in the hind,someone suggested that i use acv and the results are amazing,within just a week there was a big difference when she was walking and trotting around her field like a youngster.


Posted by Leah (Perkinston MS) on 01/27/2006
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After Hurricane Katrina blew through here flies were every where. I tried the fly collars , fly spray and nothing seem to keep the abundance of flies away from my horses. I went on line when power was restored looking for a answer I came across this forum and I tried ACV and in a matter of two weeks I could see the difference . Flies were still in abundance but left the horses alone more and bothered us more. We were using off spray every night and my son suffers from eczema ( a skin rash disorder) the off irritated him until he started bleeding in areas. I said what the heck and I sprayed it on us.. okay it dried my skin out a little but over all it help us out as well. Thanks to this forum we are not bothered by pesky flies anymore.


Posted by Robyn (Werribee, Victoria, Australia) on 01/26/2006
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I have 2 Standardbred geldings and they have been getting 1/4 cup acv daily since I got them, which is 4 years. I combine it with 1 tbls garlic, 1 tbls dolomite, 1 tsp seaweed meal, 1 tsp yellow sulphur and 1/4 tsp copper sulphate, which by the way is what Pat Colby recommends. The combination keeps my boys healthy and I find that I don't need to worm them as often. They love the taste and lick their bowls clean every night. Their coats are shiny and they keep their weight on throughout the year. I have also found that if they get a scratch or nick it heals in no time flat and flies don't bother them as much as the other horses on the property. I recommend acv to everyone with horses!


Posted by Wendy (Bishop CA) on 01/01/2006
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To save money what I do is take a 5 gallon bucket, empty one jar of unpasteurized ACV along with 2 large pasteurized ACV, then poor them into the 5 gallon bucket. Wait about 4 weeks (this is the time it takes for the culture to grow). What I do is create a cycle, so I never run out.


Posted by Melissa (Whittier, CA) on 12/18/2005
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I have fed 2 ounces of acv 5 times per week to my horses for two years now. ACV in combination with a joint supplement keeps my horses feeling good all the time! They are both shiny, happy and healthy. They don't seem to itch. During the worst of the fly season, they didn't seem horribly bothered by flies as were there neighbors. I also combine 1/3 water, 1/3 Avon SSS and 1/3 ACV for fly spray which worked well. I am very pleased with the health of my horses and attribute much of that to the ACV. I buy a gallon at a time from Smart and Final for under $4. I have persuaded my barn buddies to feed as well... all are happy


Posted by Colin (Ireland)
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Hi I use ACV every day after being told by an old Irish horseman. My 16yr old mare who still competes at show jumping had a problem where she became very overweight during her "time off" .He told me to use it to "melt the fat" which it appears to do. My mare is now heading towards 17 but thinks she is still a 4 year old thanks to ACV.

Replied by Michelle
GraniteBay, California
07/19/2009
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I JUST STARTED GIVING MY QUARTER HORSE 9 YRS OLS ACV. BUT HE GETS VERY LOOSE STOOLS WITH THIS I HAVE BEEN GIVING ONLY 1/4 OF A CUP ONCE A DAY IN HIS NIGHT FEED NAD I MIX IT UP HE EATS IT BUT THE OUT COME IS LOOSE STOOLS SHOULD I DILUTE 50/50? I HAD A FRIEND LOOSE 2 HORSES 3 WEEKS APART FROM COLIC/STONES. AND YES WE LIVE IN CALIFORNIA. THAT SEEMS TO BE THE PRIME PLACE FOR THIS. SO I'M TRYING TO BE VERY CAREFUL. DO YOU THINK DILUTING TIS WILL HELP?


Posted by Eugenie (Bermuda)
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I give my 21 year Brlgian draft ACV instead of expensive joint formula. It works just as well and is a lot cheaper! He rides like a much younger horse, his coat, teeth and build are excellent. I now use it to treat thrush. It clears it up quickly and is less damaging to the frog than bleach.


Posted by Steve (Brisbane, QLD)
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I have started a daily supplement of Apple Cider Vinegar, one cup in my horses feed for severe arthritis. After only weeks I am now riding her again. I am introducing a steady and light exercise program for her so as not to push her too far to soon. And she will not be competing in any events as she deserves and has well earned retirement. But the complete success of the treatment means that she may be able to live out the rest of her life without pain. I also have been giving her Glucosamine and Chondroitin which I believe is helping as well. Since I discovered the remedy for my horse I take Apple Cider Vinegar daily for fatigue and migraines and have had a huge success.


Posted by Mindy (Polk City, FL)
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I have a pony who was constantly rubbing his mane, neck and chest when he got sweaty and hot. I started spraying him after hosing him off each day with ACV/water mixture. All his hair grew back in, sores healed, and he quit scratching. It sure worked for him!


Posted by Cheryl (Frankfort, IN)
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We used to feed the horses a 1/2 cup daily in their grain. It made their hair coat soft and silky and they utilized their grain better with the vinegar. Also the biting flies didn't bother them as much and not at all if there was another horse around that was not on the vinegar. Also the fly larvae supposedly don't thrive in the manure so you have less flies. Also the horse's sweat is not white and lathery but rather thin and watery so it doesn't dry white on their coat. I recently picked up a bottle of Heinz Apple Cider Vinegar and noticed it no longer said made from apples but rather it said apple flavoring. If not made from apples what is is made from and when did it change from real apples. I was looking for a more economical brand than _______ (which is a great product but pricey when using on the horses of which I have several).


Posted by Nan
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I have used cider vinegar for years to help keep mosquitoes & other biting insects away from both myself & my horses. I take 1 oz per day, and give my horses about 1/2 cup per day.


Posted by Lauren (Fair Hill, Maryland)
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ACV is about one of the best things that I have found to work with my horse in every way!! My horse no longer has ulcers and has a great appetite. It is also great for her coat and cures thrush in the hooves and is great with the flies. Plus it keeps away the algae and mosquitoes in the water buckets and tubs!!! I think it's one of the best things ever!! I make sure to never run out of it in the barn..


Posted by Shannon (Elk, WA)
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I put a capful of ACV in there water to keep down the algae, and to help with flies and other ailments they may have. Have been having a problem with dry skin and some that are a bit under weight. So far it is working good for me. I am going to try and put some on a mare's grain that just had a stillborn colt(placenta delivered first) And see if it will help her and I also give her sage to help her dry up easily.


Posted by Anonymous
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Add 5 tsp. of apple cider vinegar to your horse's oats morning and evening to stop fly bites. We have a Quarterhorse who was literally covered in welts from fly bites. After starting on the vinegar, the bites disappeared and were kept under control for the remainder of the season.



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