The positive health benefits of Organic Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) have been scientifically proven for humans for years. Those in the know regularly add this superfood to their horse’s diet too, for numerous reasons that range from a digestive aid to mosquito repellant. We’ve broken down this amazing, natural substance to show just why you should always have a bottle on hand in the barn.
How Apple Cider Vinegar Is Made
Step One. Crushed apples are exposed to yeast, which ferments the sugars turning them into alcohol.
Step Two. Bacteria is added to the alcohol solution, further fermenting it into acetic acid; the main active compound in vinegar.
Step Three. Strands of proteins, enzymes, and healthy bacteria are added to organic, unfiltered apple cider vinegar. It’s widely believed that these additives, or “mother” as they’re more commonly known, are what’s responsible for ACV’s health benefits.
It’s crucial to choose the organic version of ACV with ‘the mother’ for this and other reasons. Some ACV on the market is made from apple juice, concentrate, or cider, rather than the whole apple; so always look for the natural, unpasteurized cloudy vinegar!
Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar
At only about 3 calories per tablespoon, you don’t have to worry about it contributing to weight gain, making it a healthy additive choice to your horse’s diet. It’s been known to help with a number of health issues:
- Encourage weight loss through improved digestion and lowered blood sugar
- Acidifies the stomach to defend against bacteria, parasites, and food or water-borne diseases
- Eases arthritis symptoms
- Prevent and dissolve intestinal stones
- Create an ACV poultice to help heal thrush, fungus, abscesses, burns, wounds and infections
- ACV causes thiamine to be excreted through the skin, acting as a natural insect repellent
- Use ACV as a mane and tail rinse to remove soap film and hard water residue for super shiny results
How To Feed ACV To Your Horse
On average, a ¼ cup of ACV diluted with equal parts water, added to your horse’s daily feed is plenty. Always feed ACV in a hard plastic container, as it can leach minerals from metal or galvanized tanks. AVC is a great way to disguise unfamiliar water when on the road for competitions!
Regularly feeding Apple Cider Vinegar and ting point maintenance therapy is the winning combination for a healthy, happy horse.