Homemade Fly Spray
4 cups quart raw apple cider vinegar
20 drops rosemary essential oil
20 drops basil essential oil
20 drops peppermint esssential oil
2 tablespoons liquid oil
(olive oil, canola oil, or mineral )
1 tablespoon dish soap
Mix together in a spray bottle. Apply to the animals frequently
Essential Oil Uses for Horses
Essential oils can be used for numerous equine conditions. For physical issues, you can dab the oil directly on the affected location. For respiratory issues, dab on the chest and then let the horse inhale the oil. For emotional issues, let them inhale the oil and you can dab it on their forehead or poll. Here are some specific conditions and essential oils which can help to remedy them. *Note: If a horse turns his head away from an essential oil when you let him sniff it, he is showing you that he doesn’t prefer that oil.
Nervousness/ Anxiety: Valerian and Lavender essential oils
Hormone Imbalance (Mare issues): Clary Sage and Geranium essential oils.
Muscle Spasms: Basil, Lavender, Marjoram essential oils.
Sore/ Overused Muscles: Eucalyptus, Balsam Fir, Lavender essential oils.
Scratches/ Greasy Heal: Tea Tree, Lemongrass, Myrtle, Lavender essential oils.
Rain Rot: Tea tree, Lemongrass, Geranium essential oils.
Sarcoids: Tea Tree, Oregano essential oils.
Thrush: Thieves, Tea Tree, Thyme, essential oils. You can place undiluted oils directly on the frog for severe cases, or soak cotton balls and tape them on or put on a hoof boot for 24 hours.
Abscesses: Tea Tree, Oregano, Lavender essential oils. Make a foot soak using selected oils, Epsom salt and warm water. Soak for at least 20 minutes to encourage the abscess to open and drain.
Important Note: Always consult your veterinarian if your horse has a serious condition. Essential oils are not meant to be a substitute for responsible veterinary care.