Keeping a horse requires care, time and above all money. This makes home remedies for horses all the more useful, as they can prevent expensive medication for minor "aches and pains". In fact, there are dozens of remedies that can help horses with equine diseases. But - and this is even more important - not everything that helps us humans is also the right choice for four-legged friends. So watch out! In case of doubt, the advice of a veterinarian or alternative practitioner is the more sensible way anyway. Important motto:
It is better to eliminate the causes instead of just combating the symptoms!
Simple definition: You should first ask yourself why your horse is coughing, what it could be reacting to with watery droppings or why its coat no longer has a velvety sheen.
What is a possible solution for your horse?
Malt beer as a pick-me-up and garlic against flies - what is there to the advice of our grandfathers? Are there any sensible home recipes, or is it all humbug?
Well, apart from Bible verses read aloud and burnt frogs (handed down from the 17th century), some home remedies for horses can really be a great help. The following are useful for your horse's medicine cabinet.
Home remedy no. 1: Brewer's yeast and malt beer
The latter, in small quantities, can definitely help an emaciated horse to have more appetite. The sweet taste and yeast scent is very stimulating. Nevertheless, pure beer should not be used for feeding horses. Horses do not tolerate alcohol and can even suffer health damage as a result.
It is better to use the original plant of beer. The hop. You can get dried cones at the pharmacy. You can make a nice "tea brew" from them, which, thanks to its bitter substances, stimulates the horse's bile activity. Hops also have a calming effect.
However, brewer's yeast can be a useful addition for the horse. The valuable ingredients (biotin & B vitamins) positively stimulate digestion and metabolism. Repeatedly administered as a cure, it is a great supplement. Coat, hooves and organism benefit from it. Brewer's yeast gives your horse a good boost of health.
Home remedy no. 2: Oil
Oil is hotly debated. A horse does not have a gall bladder and is therefore supposedly less able to digest oil.
In fact, oil is also an ingredient in the feed. Oats, seeds and even grass contain oil. This is an important source of energy for your horse.
Especially for older or emaciated horses it is a good energy and calorie boost. So after a long horse illness it is sometimes quite beneficial. Pay attention to the dosage! A shot glass (e.g. linseed oil) over the feed in the morning and one in the evening are good guidelines. Better less than too much!
Home Remedy No. 3: The Onion
Who doesn't know onion broth from their youth? It is a proven, expectorant and antibacterial home remedy for coughs. Onions are chopped, covered with honey and left overnight. The following day, the decoction can be taken/fed.
Unfortunately, the large amount of honey is not so beneficial for our horses. As an alternative to the onion soup, horseradish would be interesting. Grated gently and added to the softened hay and black cumin cobs, your horse gets a delicious, natural cough cocktail. Extra tip: Inhalation is not only good for us humans. With saline solution, a nebuliser and a nasal mask for horses, stubborn coughs can quickly be put to rest.
Home remedy no. 4: Honey
Everyone loves sweet gold. But for horses, this sugar is better when applied only externally. Honey contains anti-inflammatory substances and antioxidants.
Accordingly, it has the best prerequisites for stimulating tissue cells in minor wounds, killing miracle germs and ultimately promoting healing. Medicinal honey (pharmacy) is the right choice for this. A great home remedy for the horse's stable pharmacy.
Home remedy no. 5: Garlic
Indeed a home remedy for horses with profitable effects. Because: buzzing pests do not like the smell at all. They disdain the vapours of the powerfully fragrant bulb.
Again, do not overdose when feeding, because garlic thins the blood. However, in small quantities (e.g. as a powder or a few crushed garlic cloves) it is perfectly ok.
Fly spray Tip:
Make a hot brew of finely chopped garlic, cloves, black tea and lavender flowers.
When cool, pour through a sieve into a spray bottle, add good water and a few drops of tea tree oil and apple cider vinegar.
Do not use on grey horses - it stains!
Home remedy no. 6: Psyllium
These little "shreds" are the No. 1 home remedy, especially for horses with watery stools. They quickly bind fluid, line the intestinal wall and can even remove impurities. But, as is so often the case, it's the quantity that counts. You should use it sparingly (the seed thickens enormously!), only as a cure similar to brewer's yeast for the horse. Continuous feeding would be counterproductive.
If you have watery stools in your horse, the home remedy cannot be the final solution. As mentioned above, research must be done. Is there a horse disease? Is the hay of good quality? Is my horse under stress?
Home remedy no. 7: Calendula or camomile tea
Helps internally as well as externally with inflammations. The healing of wounds is optimally supported. Of course, the amount of dried flower mass is considerably higher for horses.
A home remedy for horses that is easy to make yourself.
Home remedy no. 8: Healing clay
Here too: the application can be done internally as well as externally. A little earth powder stirred into water, mash or tea can rid your horse's intestines of toxins and harmful substances.
Externally, the mixed healing clay can help with superficial wounds or tendon problems. The thickened paste is easy to apply and holds well. There are even ready-made pastes in a tube. A must when thinking about home remedies for horses.
Additional tip: A comfrey poultice can also reduce swelling in sore tendons.
Home Remedy No. 9: Apple Cider Vinegar
It is cheap and a real all-rounder. Diluted with water, it can be used externally to get rid of bacteria, fungi, itching and flying pests.
A small shot glass of vinegar (as a cure) in the feed supports your horse's immune system.
If your horse suffers from a serious equine disease, home remedies are simply not enough. Correspondence with a veterinarian of your confidence is then inevitable and absolutely the right way.