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Old 05-05-2009, 05:52 PM  
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Question What does Apple Cider Vinegar do for horses?

Hey Everyone,
I've seen that people give their horses apple cider vinegar. What exactly does it do for them, how much should you give them? Do you ever add it to their water?

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I give it for fly protection from the inside. Makes them undesirable to the bugs, and it keeps their stalls bug free too... I usually give 1/2 cup morning and night.
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Old 05-05-2009, 06:51 PM  
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It also helps older horses with arthritis.
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Old 05-05-2009, 06:54 PM  
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I give it for fly protection from the inside. Makes them undesirable to the bugs, and it keeps their stalls bug free too... I usually give 1/2 cup morning and night.
Really? I've never heard that before! I think I may have to check that out!
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Old 05-05-2009, 06:57 PM  
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We put apple cider vinegar in the water......they like the taste so on real hot days they stay better hydrated. We also use it for fly protction.
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I didnt know you could give apple cider vinegar to horses. i use it in a fly spray. I use equal parts of Dawn dish soap and apple cider vinegar. and am thinking i added something else. but can't think of it. Does any one have any reciepes for fly spray that work well ?
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Old 05-05-2009, 08:09 PM  
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I heard that it gives them ulcers, anyone who's used it had a problem with that?
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Old 05-05-2009, 08:12 PM  
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We gave it on a cutting farm to clean out their systems, if they had been given a lot of bute, etc.
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Old 05-05-2009, 08:14 PM  
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Apple cider vinegar in bug spray? Huh. And I never heard of feeding it to horses. Double huh.
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Old 05-05-2009, 09:06 PM  
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My DVM had me give ACV daily x7 to help clear up a case of sterile cystitis.

found when palpating a cyst on mares ovary. lab irregularities: increased protein & billyrubin, Decreased WBC's.
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Old 05-05-2009, 10:00 PM  
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I use equal parts of white vinegar and dawn dish soap & water for a bug deterrent but it does not work as well as bought sprays. I started using it on the milder buggy days to reduce the amount of harsher sprays we use.
I had never heard of feeding it either and wondered the same thing.
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Old 05-05-2009, 10:08 PM  
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ACV has many benifits. It helps improve digestion, it helps soothe and prevent ulcers (not irritate them), cleans out the gut, repels insects both from the inside and as an ingredient in fly sprays. It also helps increase respitory capacity.
If you choose to use it, try to find unpasturized organic ACV, which you will probably have to get a health food store. However, if you cannot find it, you can use the stuff from the supermarket (usually found near the condiments--ketsup/mustard etc.)
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Old 05-06-2009, 05:59 AM  
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Rockin GR how much do you give?
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Old 05-06-2009, 06:02 AM  
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Hey Everyone,
I've seen that people give their horses apple cider vinegar. What exactly does it do for them, how much should you give them? Do you ever add it to their water?

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I add it to their water in the summer. As mentioned above, it's good for them in many ways.
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I used to used just a good glug of it on each horses grain. Maybe a 1/4 to 1/2 cup of it?
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Old 05-06-2009, 07:44 AM  
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Rockin GR how much do you give?
Between 2 and 3 oz (1/4 cup or so). Sorry, I'm not an exact measure-er . I buy it by the gallon and have a 3 oz. cup (a plastic condiment bowl from wally world) that I use to dose it. I researched it before I started and it some said they fed up to a 1/2 cup, but the popular answer was 1/4 so that's what I went with. I just pour it on their feed because I have automatic waterers. It's got a strong odor, and Mia doesn't like it much, so I may start syringing her--since her paranoia about bugs is what got me to start them on it in the first place, but everyone else seems to eat it fine.
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Old 05-06-2009, 07:48 AM  
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I add ACV to the water tank,when we went to camp adding a bit a ACV to pony's water helped ease the water change.
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From http://www.thehorse.com/ViewArticle.aspx?ID=7671

"Recently, our group showed that VFAs (especially acetic acid, known as vinegar) produced as byproducts of bacterial fermentation of carbohydrates damaged the stomach lining and caused the gastric ulcers after only two hours."

So here's my question: if the vinegar produced by fermentation of grains can cause ulcers, why not straight vinegar?

Dr. Dan, the holistic vet that makes BugCheck won't add vinegar because he says vinegar can cause gastro. problems. I've asked him for some links to some articles to substantiate that.
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That link didn't work for me.
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I've also heard that you can feed it to your mare during breeding season and it is suppose to increase your chances of getting a filly. Not really sure if it works. I think it was suppose to change the mares PH enough to kill off the male sperm or make them slower.
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