Homemade Horse Care Recipes

Buffalo, WV(Zone 7a)

I purchased these recipes on ebay several years ago. I have personally used the fly spray #2 on horses and goats and it worked well.


Homemade Show Sheen Recipe
1/4 (one quarter) cup hair conditioner
1/4 (one quarter) cup baby oil
2 tablespoons vinegar (to keep flies away, this is optional)
1/4 (one quarter) cup water
Mix and use as you would any other store-bought spray.
Homemade Fly Spray for Horses #1

Mix equal parts of the following:

Cider Vinegar
Dawn Blue dish soap *

Mix ingredients in a spray bottle. Shake well and use as you would any fly spray.

Homemade Fly Spray for Horses #2

Mix the following:

1 cup white distilled vinegar
1 cup Water
1/3 cup Dawn dish soap (blue, not ultra) *
Mix ingredients in a spray bottle. Shake well and use as you would any fly spray.

***NOTE: Dawn Dishwashing does contain formaldehyde. If you wish to substitute a non-formaldehyde dish soap, this would work just as well. Lemon Brite is one.

Homemade Fly Spray for Horses #3
2 cups white vinegar
1 cup Avon Skin So Soft (Bath oil)
1 cup water
1 tablespoon eucalyptus oil
Mix ingredients in a spray bottle. Shake well and use as you would any fly spray.

Homemade Mane & Tail Detangler

Calgon Bath Oil Beads (dry)

Mix the Calgon with water - one part Calgon to three parts water. Store in a spray bottle. It will help recondition your horse’s mane and tail. It also works well on knots. Apply liberally and work the knot out with a comb or stiff brush.

Homemade Saddle Soap
2 bars of glycerin soap (available at Bath & Body Works)
¼ cup milk
1/3 cup Lexol Leather Conditioner

Place all ingredients in microwaveable plastic container. Microwave until goopy and stir well. Smooth out the top and place in the freezer for several hours until hardened.

* unscented/scented and dyed glycerin soap works fine.

Sweet Feed Apples
3 apples
1 cup sweet feed
1/2 cup Molasses
Core and Slice apples into approximately 1/2 inch slices. Set aside on wax paper. In a bowl mix sweet feed and molasses thoroughly. Spoon sweet feed mixture into the center of each apple slice. Refrigerate until firm.

Horse Cookies

1 cup Margarine
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup bran
1 tsp. Baking soda
1 cups quick-cooking oats
1 cup diced carrots
1 cup diced apples
Cream margarine and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs.
Combine flour, bran and baking soda, and blend into creamed mixture.
Stir in oats, carrots and apples. Drop by spoonfuls onto un-greased baking sheets and bake in a moderate oven (350 F - 190 C) for 10 - 12 minutes, until lightly browned. This makes about 4-dozen cookies.

Wound Care
A past buyer of these instructions gave me this recipe for treating superficial wounds and less severe cuts. I have not personally tried it, but she has!
Mix equal parts:
Skin So Soft by Avon (to keep away bugs)
Listerine Mouth Wash (to kill grems)

Then just spray onto the affected area. She says it works like a charm helps heal things much faster.

A few other tips: Use Dawn dishwashing detergent the original blue formula, not ultra, to bathe your horse. It works great, makes him shine, and is really cheap!
Faster Bathing Idea: When I give my horses baths, I mix my shampoo w/ a little water in a big spray bottle. Then, after I wet them down, I take my spray bottle in one hand, and my soft rubber curry in the other (the pink soft Grooma works great). I can spray on the soap and scrub them all over in record time without all the bending and soapy water running up my arms. Note: Do NOT spray the soap directly on their faces.
When giving your horse a soap bath, rinsing with white vinegar will help to remove the soap. Vinegar will also serve as a fly repellent.
Put half a cup of fabric softener and pine cleaner in a small bucket of hot water. Wring out a rub rag in this mixture and use it to remove dust, dirt and germs from the coat. This solution will also soften the coat and leave a great shine. Be very careful so not to get in eyes, ears, etc. You may want to test this on a small spot in case of irritation, but I have never had any problems with this.
Equal parts vinegar and water will take out manure stains. It is VERY important for white & gray horses.
A little baby oil in warm water is a good cleaner for the under tail area of a mare. It cleans them and softens the area. It is REALLY good for dirty mares.
Use a five-gallon bucket for saddle racks. Take the handle off and nail them to the wall with a few nails on the inside of the bucket so the opening faces out. They keep the saddle in the correct position and the "cubby" inside makes a wonderful place to stash your grooming gear!

Campobello, SC(Zone 7a)

oh so very awesome!!!
anyone know where the flip you get eucalyptus oil and can you sub ivory ultra dish soap for the dawn?
Avon is gonna love me....
Thank you Lana!!!

Brownfield, ME(Zone 4b)

Thanks Lana always looking for new things.
I assume the horse cookies are for horses but sound good for us too! you could substitute the margerine for applesauce for fat free!
I got some eucalyptus oil at my Health food store and did try it in a homemade fly spray but I guess I used to much and the smell was making DH nauseous. Has anyone had good luck feeding garlic to horses for fly control? and yes I know at high doses it can make equines sick.

Buffalo, WV(Zone 7a)

Anybody else have homemade horse care recipes? This would make a great sticky thread, we could just add recipes to it and it would stay on top for everyone to see.

DD, it says not to use ultra...too strong maybe?


Campobello, SC(Zone 7a)

so if it's ultra or concentrated...could just water down more? maybe? DH bought a bottle when I told him to get ivory to wash udders and this is what he brought home...and here it sits...because it says ultra LOL

edited to change dawn to ivory as that's what I have...goofy me

This message was edited Mar 28, 2007 5:43 PM

Fuquay-Varina, NC(Zone 7a)

I would just use less of it.....like a drop or two

(Sheryl) Gainesboro, TN(Zone 6b)

I'm still loving the Olive oil spray (kinda like "Pam") for mane/ tail detangler and conditioner - kinda smells cool, too.

I used Skin So Soft cut in half with water in a spray bottle. It worked well, just not very long - but that's Phoenix in the summer, too - it may stay longer in a place where the horses don't sweat so much. I had a friend who was also mixing in a bug repellent with the SSS and H20 - a horse bug repellent, like one of the Farnam products, but a natural. BTW, I did the Marigold stuff (Eqyss?) - didn't do a thing.

Great thread, Lana!

Buffalo, WV(Zone 7a)

Thanks, I can't believe I didn't think to do it before now. Seeing DD's request for fly spray lit the bulb in my brain :~)


Buffalo, WV(Zone 7a)


Saw a request for homemade fly spray so thought I'd bump this thread up.


Kingman, AZ(Zone 7a)

Wydaisy, thank you so much. With Fair coming up we need all the shortcuts we can get. While reading this, I came up with a cute little fair gift Idea. I have my 4 H kids that are showing horses this year, I thought about making a few of these items, putting them in a basket with the recipies and tada instant fun little gifts...

Thanks so much.

Buffalo, WV(Zone 7a)

You're welcome. And that's a wonderful idea for gifts!

Hempstead, TX(Zone 8a)

What about using baking soda w/out aluminum for the gut. My equine dentist recommended it. Anyone out there familiar with this?

Love all the home made receipes. Give me a little something to do this weekend.

Buffalo, WV(Zone 7a)

I've used baking soda on goats for their gut :)

Biggs, KY(Zone 6a)

How did you know when the goats needed the soda and how did you get it into them?

Buffalo, WV(Zone 7a)

You just put it out and they eat it when they need it. Mostly that's for heavily fed goats like dairy, not goats on straight pasture and no or very little feed.

Hempstead, TX(Zone 8a)

So, I wonder if it would be best to put out the Arm and Hammer and let the horses have it free choice rather than putting it in their food everyday?

Richmond, TX

Try it and see whether they will ever eat it. I sort of doubt that they will.

Biggs, KY(Zone 6a)

We add a tbsp to our horses feed every few days when they are shedding winter coats. Helps the hair to turn loose.

Huron, OH(Zone 5b)

So what does the baking soda do for the gut? I've not heard of using it before.

Richmond, TX

I wonder too. I can see that it would help neutralize the acid in the stomach, but would it make it to the gut?

Lakeville, MN

Dawn Soap and Pine Sol are not good for your horses hair coat, regardless of the shine you get. Human shampooo is not good or them either. Investigate through google why these products are bad for your horse.

Home made remedies are great but one should be very careful about the ingredients.
Check out other home made remedies on line that are safe and effective.

Vinegar will not harm your horse.

Kingman, AZ(Zone 7a)

Flys are really bad this year, had to come back for the fly spray

Biggs, KY(Zone 6a)

Gnats are bad here.

Richmond, TX

Hi Miss J ! Missed you, where have you been?

Kingman, AZ(Zone 7a)

Lurking around...

Clinton, CT(Zone 6b)


Just wanted to introduce myself, I'm Kristen. Great forum! New to Daves... BTW what does DH mean? I see it written in peoples comments everywhere. Gonna try out some of these recipes... I have a book on horse treats. I'll give you one;


1 cup cracked corn
1 cup granulated sugar
1 tbs brown sugar

Preheat oven to 350º & grease cookie sheet. Mix ingredients together. Add only enough water so mixture clings together. Mixture will be crumbly. Onto cookie sheet, mound mixture into piles about 2" in size. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes. Let cool for 1 hour.

For easy no-cook clusters, use Molasses, instead of water, and refrigerate overnight. Then serve immediately.


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Huron, OH(Zone 5b)

Thanks for the recipe, looks great. DH means dear husband.

Biggs, KY(Zone 6a)

blu, welcome to the nut house. Is that your pony? Very pretty.

Richmond, TX

Or Da__ed Husband as the case may be. Great picture, nice looking horse. Looks young, how old is it?

Biggs, KY(Zone 6a)

She is coming 6.

Clinton, CT(Zone 6b)

Thanks for the tip, (DH) This is not my pony, just one I ride. She is a 3yo Hannovarian / TB. This is my pony, named Riley, also a H/TB cross.

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Richmond, TX

Cool picture!

KC Metro area, MO(Zone 6a)

They both are gorgeous!! Love the last pic!!

Clinton, CT(Zone 6b)

Thanks pepper, I actually took it with my iPhone, the Cross Process app. I have thousands of dollars invested in camera equiptment, and I get some of the coolest pics with this App. Go figure! This photo was also taken with my iPhone, with the regular camera. Walking on the beach near my house. Not relevent to what we are talking about, but wanted to share.

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KC Metro area, MO(Zone 6a)

Now, that's an awesome picture!!!

Clinton, CT(Zone 6b)

From my phone, can you believe it??? I couldn't!

Richmond, TX

The miracles of modern technology!

Buffalo, WV(Zone 7a)

Bump. It's fly season again :)

Richmond, TX

I want to know how you drive nails inside the 5 gallon bucket to make the saddle rack.

Screws I can picture, but nails?

Buffalo, WV(Zone 7a)

LOL, that would take some doing wouldn't it?

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