My hanoverian mare, Belinda,  is the itchiest horse I’ve ever met. She rubs her belly and butt raw, rubs out her mane and tail, and  doesn’t care about the scabby, bloody sores that come from it all.

On top of that, my BLACK mare has a hard time sweating, too. (Thank goodness there are supplements for that.)  But it’s been a struggle to find remedies that keep her comfortable in hot & humid Florida.

After experimenting with a bunch of different products, Ive found that sometimes I need to get my face out of a Dover Saddlery catalog to figure out whats the best way (and best products) to treat my horse.

Right now, we use a homemade fly spray on her that seems to be working really well. During the day she wears a fly mask and we load up her ears with swat.

Then I coat her mane, tail and underbelly in Desitin, a diaper rash cream that’s made up of cod liver oil and 40 percent zinc oxide.I am amazed at the difference this baby butt cream has made so far. It’s goopy and smells like baby, but Belinda’s been on it for three months now and hasn’t rubbed her mane out or belly raw just yet.

Sand. My worst enemy. Belindas best friend.

For fungus relief and prevention, I also have a homemade recipe. The main ingredient is Listerine. It keeps rain rot away during the wet summer months.

Belinda is the first mare I’ve every owned. I’ve cleaned a gelding’s sheath before plenty of times, but I’ve noticed that Belinda becomes sore and cranky a lot sooner than my geldings did if I don’t clean the soft skin area between her legs. Especially when she’s in heat!

This is what I’ve found works best: I use baby wipes to clean dirt/sand and build up on her legs and teets. Once they are sufficiently wiped down, I use a coconut oil and vitamin E oil mixture and apply with a baby wipe as a lotion. It keeps her skin soft and clean and ultimately keeps her comfortable after a good roll or after sweating all day.

Here are my recipes and some other non-horsey products that other Horse Junkies use on their own horses.

Fly spray recipe:

– 3 cups apple cider vinegar

– Two teaspoons of Eucalyptus Oil (can be subbed out with other essential oils, I just like the smell of this one best)

– 1/3 cup of Skin So Soft (can use baby oil too, but I would tweak the measurement to 1/4 cup then)

-2 cups of water

*** Measurements change depending on the size of the bottle/jug youre using.

Lady parts (teets) lotion recipe:

– Fill a spray bottle with 1 & 1/2 cups of coconut oil (*Coconut oil can be subbed out for cod liver oil. I prefer coconut because its smells much better and doesn’t attract flies/bugs. However, coconut oil hardens in cooler temperatures so keep it in a warm and dry place, or else you might need to microwave it before use. Also, it must be cooking coconut oil, not cocoa butter or any kind of tanning product.)

– 1/2 cup of vitamin E oil

– Add 1/2 cup of water

– Shake well and apply (It’s a thicker, oily residue so make sure you have a heavy duty pray bottle that won’t get clogged up. I apply with a baby wipe. It feels like lotion and eventually soaks into the skin)

*** Measurements change depending on the size of the bottle/jug youre using.

Anti-fungal spray recipe:

– 2 cups of Listerine (I use the generic blue kind from my grocery store)

– 1 cup water

– 1/3 cup of Skin So Soft (can use baby oil too, but I would tweak the measurement to 1/4 cup then or 1/2 cup of vitamin E oil)

*** Measurements change depending on the size of the bottle/jug youre using.

Other non-horsey products that work great:

– Blue Star Ointment from any drug store for blow-ups on the neck from shots.

– Baby diapers for feet soaking. Epsom salts too!

– Dollar Store sink scrubbers for water buckets. (One for each horse to avoid passing around any viruses)

– Baby wipes for everything!

– Armor All wipes work for heavy duty boot cleanings.

What are your favorite homemade or non-horsey remedies? Leave your recipes and tips in the comments!