Apple Cider Vinegar For Your Horses

Apple Cider Vinegar For Your Horses
There’s probably a good reason that someone made up that old saying of “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”.  My guess is because apples are loaded with all kinds of good nutrients for your body… like enzymes, minerals, trace minerals and potassium.  And after all, our horses love them too!  These important life building nutrients are all contained in Apple Cider Vinegar.

Quite a few years back I changed how I was eating due to the physical discomfort in my body.  I did a fast (3 days without food!) and learned to gradually reintroduce certain healthful foods back into my diet.

As part of my new regimen, I learned about the many health benefits of and started using Apple Cider Vinegar, the good stuff with the “mother” in it!  It contains an enzyme that “eats up” the toxic waste in the body.

Some of the amazing benefits I’ve learned about ACV include…
  • Detoxifies the blood stream and organs
  • Helps to achieve and more balanced pH
  • Assists kidneys, bladder and liver
  • Promotes circulation
  • Supports digestion   
Also for animals (including the above)…
  • Deters fleas, ticks and mosquitos
  • Relives skin and ear problems
  • Promotes a healthy, shiny coat
I started drinking ACV in a tea first thing in the morning.  One of the things it does is jumpstart my digestive system.  All I know is that I am feeling so much better by starting my day with ACV/Thieves tea with honey!

At some point along the way I decided that it was doing so much good for me that I should give it to my horses too!  I was already using it topically for their hooves for thrush by soaking and spraying.  The ACV can be added to their water for drinking, but for me, I just add it to their daily feed.  I add about a third of a cup of ACV to a liter bottle and fill the rest with water.  Then I mix some into their milled flax and supplements.

Potassium is one of the key constituents offered in ACV.   Did you know 75% of the body’s potassium is found in skeletal muscle and is necessary for function?   Horses are able to excrete excess potassium through urine or sweating but when there is a deficiency in the body, there can be some pretty detrimental effects.

A horse with low potassium will exhibit…
  • Muscle weakness
  • Fatigue
  • Reluctance to exercise
  • Decreased water and food intake
  • Restlessness
  • Spookiness
Offering your horse a lifestyle with unlimited forage will help to avoid low potassium issues.  It’s always good to test your hay to know what the levels of minerals are contained within it.  From there you have a clearer picture on what to supplement.
An excerpt from the book, Apple Cider Vinegar; Miracle Health System by Paul Bragg ND PhD and Patrice Bragg ND PhD…
Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine, in 400 B.C. treated his patients with amazing raw Apple Cider Vinegar because he recognized its powerful cleansing and healing qualities.  It is a naturally occurring antibiotic and antiseptic that fights germs and bacteria in the body.
I have found that adding Apple Cider Vinegar to my horse’s daily routine has been a great boost to their health.  It has added another beneficial layer to their holistic lifestyle!

Give it a try and see how your horses like it.