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How to Use Essential Oils Around Your Horses

Posted on July 22, 2019 by Chad Pegura | 50 comments

How to Use Essential Oils Around Your Horses
A horse’s sense of smell is much more advanced than that of a human and is strongly linked to their behavior. Essential oils are highly concentrated and haven proven to be significantly effective for helping horses. Their antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory properties can help a number of ailments. Lavender in particular can help alleviate high levels of stress or anxiety in your horse.
Aromatherapy for horses can also be used for digestive problems, skin irritation or infection, muscle pain, sleeping problems, restlessness, and even mood swings.

What are Essential Oils?

Essential oils are natural compounds that come from the bark, seeds, stems, roots, and flowers of plants. Every oil has its own distinctive smell, properties, and are often used in hygiene products or medicine. They can be used one of two ways:
Topically. Essential oils are easily absorbed through the skin and enter the bloodstream to provide quick results. They are often used in massage therapy and can help heal wounds.
Aromatically. Inhaling essential oils is another common way to use. This can help improve our emotional health and well-being as well as our physical health.

Safely Using Essential Oils with Horses

When using essential oils, you should make sure to purchase high quality therapeutic grade oils. Steer clear of lower quality oils because they aren't as safe or effective as the higher quality oils.
When used topically, it is recommended to dilute your essential oils with a carrier oil such as coconut oil, olive oil, or jojoba oil. Some common side effects include; redness, irritation, itching, sneezing, watery eyes and even burning of the skin if not diluted properly first.

Using Essential Oils and Horses

Essential oils are effective at treating many common conditions experienced by horses. When using essential oils around all animals be sure to proceed with caution.

Always make sure your animals are comfortable with the oils you are using by first introducing them in small amounts. If you try a new oil with your horse and they turn their head away when you let them sniff the oils, then your horse is telling you they don't approve. This means that you should stop using that particular oil.

Always be sure to use in a ventilated area so the scent does not become over powering for your animals. It’s important to ask your veterinarian about which essential oils to use.

It is also important to always discuss essential oil use with your veterinarian prior to using any of them, especially if your horse has a serious condition that may need more care.

The most popular tool release essential oils into your horses environment is with a nebulizing diffuser. A nebulizer emits the pure oils quickly and effectively over a large area using a cool mist technology.

How to Use Essential Oils Around Your Horses

When to use Essential Oils with Horses

Stress, Nervousness and Anxiety – One of the most common uses for essential oils and horses is to calm down a nervous horse. If your horse is too wound up and excited try introducing a nebulizing diffuser with lavender essential oil. It’s best to use this technique before your horse gets too carried away. Prevention is better than the cure.

Muscle Pain and Spasms - If your horse is experiencing any kind of muscle spasms or pain, then basil, lavender, or marjoram essential oils can be used in a topical solution. Make sure to dilute your essential oils in a 20:1 ratio with a carrier oil such as sweet almond oil or virgin coconut oil.

Respiratory Issues – Essential oils can be rubbed onto the chest so the horse can inhale the oil and take advantage of its health benefits. Make sure to always dilute your essential oils when applying topically and directly to the skin.

Overused Muscles - Eucalyptus has anti-inflammatory properties and is useful for treating or relieving the pain associated with sore overused muscles.

Thrush - Tea tree and thyme are essential oils both have anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties. When diluted with a carrier oil they can be applied directly to the affected area.

The Best Essential Oils for Horses

Experts have decided the three essential oils that are best for horses are oregano, lavender and thyme. They are often used as an expectorant and can help relieve congestion. Oregano, however, should never be used for a pregnant or lactating mare.

Thyme essential oil is an anti-rheumatic and can be used to prevent or relieve rheumatic conditions. It is also a good antiseptic that can help prevent the growth of bacteria.

Other essential oils you can use on horses include:

Frankincense - Is useful for calming horses. It should never be given to your horse internally.
Geranium - Helps boost the morale of your horse and can elevate its mood.
Tea Tree -  is a natural antibiotic and can be used as an anti-inflammatory as well as a pain reliever for your horse.
Lemongrass - Is an antibacterial essential oil that also proves to be uplifting and calming.
Juniper - If your horse is experiencing water retention or pain from arthritis, then this oil can help because it is an anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and diuretic.

While essential oils can prove to be beneficial for your horse, you should still test each one before use and consult with your veterinarian on the course of treatment that is best for your horse and the particular conditions they are experiencing.

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25 Responses

Jennifer DiPatrizio
Jennifer DiPatrizio

July 29, 2019

Genius. I have been around horses my whole life and never thought about using essential oils for them!

Melanie Trujillo
Melanie Trujillo

July 29, 2019

Thank you for going over how to introduce new oils! I’m always so afraid of the possible reaction but definitely going to give it a try now!

John H.
John H.

July 29, 2019

That is so cool that they can use these.

Kristen H.
Kristen H.

July 29, 2019

I don’t have any horses nor do I take care of any. However, I did find this blog post to be extremely informative. And if I ever end up taking care of horses or having any in the future, I will definitely come back to this blog post since you were so thorough in your explanation of why using essential oils can be so helpful for horses.

Bonny Sallee
Bonny Sallee

July 29, 2019

Love the idea!

Elisa Toxey
Elisa Toxey

July 28, 2019

I never knew this. I am learning more about essential oils everyday. I am amazed at how much they can help cats, dogs and now horses! I like that you let us know what some of the essential oils can be used for! Thanks so much!

donna porter
donna porter

July 28, 2019

I will pass this article on to my sister who has horses.

Clarissa Peacock
Clarissa Peacock

July 28, 2019

Very interesting!

Maureen K
Maureen K

July 28, 2019

That is really cool to know that they are being used for house, I know they are used for the regular companion animals (dog and cat).

debbie wilson
debbie wilson

July 28, 2019

Amazing !!! My Cousin Owns A Horse She Seems 2 Have A lot of Anxiety Valuable info tsvm !!!

Mary Meadows
Mary Meadows

July 28, 2019

We use Lavendar Oil; seems to have a calming effect on our Mare.

Terry R Holly
Terry R Holly

July 28, 2019

That’s a lot of useful info!

Donald Melter
Donald Melter

July 28, 2019

Very interesting read. Didn’t know it had so many uses

Raeleen Rager
Raeleen Rager

July 28, 2019

This was a very interesting article.

Angie McWilliams
Angie McWilliams

July 28, 2019

Thank you for the information, it was very informative.

Scotty
Scotty

July 28, 2019

It is great to see articles on benefits or EO’s beyond just humans.

Courtney Zimmerer
Courtney Zimmerer

July 28, 2019

Very interesting!

Jennifer H.
Jennifer H.

July 27, 2019

That’s really neat that you can use these essential oils for horses.

Brittany Potter
Brittany Potter

July 27, 2019

Very informative article. So many great uses for essential oils.

Lynette
Lynette

July 27, 2019

This article is so interesting. I learned alot things I did not know. Horse are very gorgeous animals!

Sharon Hart
Sharon Hart

July 27, 2019

I would not think Frankincense can clam down a horse?

Carol ehrhart
Carol ehrhart

July 27, 2019

I love essential oils. Great info. Thanks for sharing

Jessica Walker
Jessica Walker

July 27, 2019

Thank you great information. I love horses and I’m not surprised they can benefit from essential oils.

Angie Andrews
Angie Andrews

July 26, 2019

I would never have thought to use essential oil with horses so this article is very informative, thank you

Mary H.
Mary H.

July 26, 2019

This article had a lot of interesting and helpful information. Thanks.

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