Almost everyone knows it by now, has seen it or heard of it. We’re talking about coconut oil. It is finding its way into more and more stables and many horse owners swear by it. But what can it do?
1.First aid for insect bites
Coconut oil contains vitamins C and E, as well as lauric acid. These ingredients help stop the itching of bites.
This oil is a great helper, especially for horses with summer eczema, who immediately react allergically to bites and start to chafe at the spots until open wounds appear. Especially on the mane and tail base or other acute areas, it can be used well for summer eczema, as the horses chafe the most here.
If the horse has already scratched open wounds that have become infected or are suppurating, coconut oil can also be used here, which brings us to point 2.
2. Coconut oil for wound healing
Thanks to the ingredients, coconut oil can help to support and accelerate wound healing. The antibacterial and antiviral effect also protects against infections.
However, wounds here mean small, superficial cuts and abrasions. It should not be applied to other wounds.
3. Beautiful mane and tail thanks to coconut oil
Here is the perfect care product for mane and tail. Simply rub in a small amount, distribute with a brush and your horse will have a smoother and healthier mane and tail.
It also makes them less susceptible to dirt.
4. Care for dry hooves
If your horse has dry and brittle hooves, you can try coconut oil. Simply apply a thin layer of it to the hoof.
5. In the fight against insects and co.
Coconut oil not only helps against insect bites, but also helps to prevent them. The smell of the lauric acid contained in the oil not only keeps mosquitoes and horseflies away, but also ticks.
Unfortunately, it does not offer 100% protection, but at least many are prevented from doing so. If you apply it to sensitive areas such as ears, stomach, tail root or nostrils, they will be stung significantly less here.
Coconut oil is a real all-rounder. However, it is always important to test a small area before the first application to see whether the horse is allergic to it.
Otherwise, the next application with coconut oil is no longer in the way.