I buy a lot of stuff for my horse every month. More fly spray. A new salt block. More wound ointment and some thrush treatment. I’m a regular splurger over at the local feed store.
But some of my favorite items, and the ones I use most often on my horse, aren’t horse products at all.
There are plenty of products out there that cost more because they’re marketed to horses, even if the product is exactly the same for humans or dogs or whatever. A good example is psyllium husk, which we use as a sand clearing method for horses, but humans take it as a fiber supplement too. While the portions are clearly different, the product is still the same, but it costs twice as much at the feed store than it does at the Walmart around the corner.
Here’s a list of some of my favorite grocery store items I use for my horse.
Desitin Diaper Rash Cream: This is a biggie for me and my mare. She’s a black Hanoverian living in Florida that has allergies and sweating issues. So she’s itchy all the time. I use the Desitin (with 40 percent zinc oxide and cod liver oil) in her mane, under belly and at the top of her tail to keep her from itching her skin raw. I’ve also used it on her coronet band to strength her hooves in wet weather.
Children’s Liquid Benadryl: I keep a bottle of this (generic or Dollar Store brand is just fine too) in my medical kit. My mare is prone to breaking out in hives from her allergies and insect bites. A cup of this in her feed clears up her irritating skin problems in no time.
Epsom Salts: Not just for old ladies anymore. It’s a great soaking agent for sore leg muscles or sore and sensitive hooves.
Psyllium Husk: As mentioned above, I buy psyllium husk from the supplement section in my nearby grocery store and use it as a sand clearing method for my horse.
Diapers: The fastest, easiest and cheapest way to wrap and soak a sore hoof.
Baby Wipes: For basically everything, from cleaning bits to using it as a way to wipe ointment or clear my mare’s face.
Blending Shears: I own a pair of blending shears, or scissors, from Sally’s Beauty Supply that have one toothed blade made for blending and layering. It makes pulling manes a thing of the past. It’s an easier way to trim my mare’s mane without giving her the straight line cut all the way down her neck.
Coconut Oil: I use a coconut oil and Vitamin E oil mixture to clean the sensitive skin and teets area on my mare. It’s an easy home remedy to keep her skin soft, moisturized and free of infection or fungus. Get my DIY recipe here.
Aloe Vera Juice: When my mare was a little under the weather a few weeks ago, my vet suggested adding a cup of aloe vera juice in her feed to help calm any irritation in her throat because of a lingering cough. It certainly did the trick and I use it now occasionally during those dry days when there’s a lot of dust in the air.
White Vinegar: This is an old cowboy trick. White vinegar baths help with fungus, dry skin and hives. I also use it in a spray bottle form.
What are your favorite non-horsey products to use at the barn? Post them in the comments!