Natural Horse Products

Apple/Carrot Pie

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Corn oil


4 apples

4 carrots, diced



Pour enough corn oil in the bottom of a pie pan to cover the bottom. Then, spread about 1/4 cup of sugar over the entire bottom. Slice apples horizontally in pieces about 1/2-inch thick. Lay them and the carrots down over the sugar. Pour a little more corn oil over the pie and sprinkle about 1/4 cup of sugar evenly over the entire top. Lightly sprinkle with cinnamon. Use a large serving spoon to serve equal portions to several horses

Mane and Tail Conditioner

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4 tablespoons clear or natural henna – optional
6 to 8 eggs – beaten
7 tablespoons of either avocado, hemp, rice bran or flax oil
A few drops of your favorite essential oils


Directions:horse Tail
You will need a bowl to whip up this conditioner fresh as needed. It is a nourishing meal complete with vitamin E and protein for mane and tail. The clear henna leaves a rich shine. Massage the mixture into your horses’ mane and tail and allow it to sit for 15 minutes, then rinse or shampoo as usual. Directions: Beat eggs, add henna and oil and beat until well mixed; apply.

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Horse Hoof Thrush Remedy

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Horse Hoof Thrush Remedy
and General-purpose Anti fungal, Antibacterial Liquid Yield: 4 ounces
Ingredients: Thrush
Distilled water
Grapefruit Seed Extract
Tea Tree (Melaleuca) Essential Oil
Eucalyptus Essential Oil
Palmarosa Essential Oil

Fill a 4-ounce heavy plastic or glass container nearly full of distilled water, then add 20 drops of grapefruit seed extract, 30 drops of tea tree and eucalyptus essential oils and 60 drops of palmarosa essential oil. Top off with distilled water as needed.
This is a variation on a recipe suggested years ago in Horse Journal, which had studied the efficacy of grapefruit seed extract as a thrush treatment and found it outperformed the commercial treatments (and didn’t turn your hands green!). Tea tree oil is said to have antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial properties, while eucalyptus is said to be effective against anaerobic bacteria, so I include it especially for horses that may have some version of “white line” disease.
I have used this mixture for years and found it effective, though it can take 3-4 treatments to accomplish what I used to get done in one treatment of my former chemical product of choice, dilute bleach. One benefit of the natural treatment is it doesn’t seem to dry out the entire hoof the way some products can. Be sure to test on a small area, though, for potential sensitivity.
Hint: I find this very easy to apply with a squirt bottle with a narrow spout, like the old-fashioned diner ketchup and mustard bottles. Find all kinds of containers online.
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Easy Horse Shampoo

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10 chamomile tea bags
1 cup liquid Castile soaphorse showering
1/2 tablespoon glycerin
A few drops of essential oils from the list provided – optional but nice
Steep chamomile tea bags in boiled water, cover for about an hour. Remove tea bags, add castile soap, glycerin and essential oils (if using) to the cooled tea mixture. Bottle and place it in a dark, cool place or in the refrigerator. Since your homemade shampoo is preservative- and paraben-free, keep the lids tightly closed and store in a cool place.

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Homemade Grooming Wipes Recipe

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3/4 cup Distilled water
1/4 cup Witch Hazel
1 tsp. Fractionated Coconut Oil
Essential Oils
(optional, but a nice touch. I like Lavender’s natural calming effect and Peppermint is invigorating for early morning classes)

Directions: Combine ingredients and mix. Fill a separate small container or ziplock bag with several cloths, rags or extra-strong paper towels and pour in liquid. You want to add enough that the cloths are moist, but not dripping wet. Mix well and keep them stored in the bag/container. Use to remove dirt, dust, mud, sweat and tears!

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