Regular horse care entails preparedness for unexpected injury. This can range from minor cuts and scrapes from wire and wooden fencing, saddles, rocks, and other animals to more intense puncture wounds and lacerations, as well as open sores. Deep flesh exposure, especially on the legs where injury to bone is more prevalent, can lead to longer term health problems. Immediate care reduces the risk of infection and a healthier horse overall.
How To Use Apple Cider Vinegar On Wounds
Your first step when it comes to any kind of puncture wounds, scrapes and bumps is a thorough cleaning of the area with saline solution; and a step that should be repeated daily. Next, mix some pure Apple Cider Vinegar — we suggest Bragg’s Organic Apple Cider Vinegar for its purity and effectiveness — with a little bit of black pepper to make a paste. If you can’t find Bragg’s ACV in your neighbourhood grocery store, any other brand will do as long as the apple cider vinegar is organic. Apply it to the wound, and wrap if possible for faster healing and to prevent scar tissue. Gary, our founder of Equi-Stem Leg Saver, says you should see results after about four days of use!
If you find that the pepper aggravates your horse, try spraying ACV –it does not have to be diluted with water — onto the wound or infected area instead.
Types of Wounds To Treat with Apple Cider Vinegar
This natural antibiotic works on:
- Skin (bacterial) infections
- Puncture wounds
- Scrapes and abrasions
- Mosquito bites (and to keep insects away)
For more health benefits of Organic Apple Cider Vinegar, read our Spotlight on this amazing, natural remedy here. And remember, including Leg Saver in your regular horse care routine has been known to improve their overall health and healing abilities.