All natural horse care in the west of Ireland

Spring Itch Remedies
Wednesday, 20 April 2016

As spring has finally sprung, some of our ponies & horses are suffering from itchiness. Given the time of year this could be due to a variety of reasons. I thought I would post some useful hints & remedies to help our 4 legged friends so they can enjoy this lovely time of year in comfort. 


Step 1

Get that shedding tool out! Horses & ponies will be shedding their winter coat and the itch can sometimes drive them mad. This can result in them rubbing themselves (somethime raw!) as they try to get rid of all the loose hair. Give them a helping hand by digging out your favourite shedding tool and give them a really good grooming. They will really appreciate your assistance

This year I treated myself to a Striphair Grooming Kit - I love it!!  

Step 2

Spray a natural insect repellant which will discourage our hungry insect friends from feasting on them and adding to their seasonal itchy discomfort.

Step 3

Check for mites - this is the time of year when they might just show themselves. Consider a visit from you vet who can diagnose and maybe give IV Ivermectin. Use the Strong Repellant Spray regularly - Recipe below


Here are some natural remedies that I use - always use Organic Pure Essential Oils 

Thieves Blend -  Can be used to make and insect repellant spray & to treat mites

40 drops of Clove Oil

35 drops of Lemon Oil

20 drops of Cinnamon Bark Oil

15 drops of Eucalyptus Oil

10 drops of Rosemary Oil 

480 drops of Carrier Oil (I use Pig Oil as carrier) 


2 tsp Clove Oil

1 1/2 tsp Lemon Oil

1 tsp Cinnamon Bark Oil

3/4 tsp Eucalyptus Oil

1/2 tsp Rosemary Oil

23 tsp Carrier oil 


Super Strong Repellant Spray (Even frightens ticks away) 

Add 2 teaspoons of the Thieves Blend to 400-500ml of ACV (Apple Cider Vinegar) 

This stinks as it goes on but the smell goes as it dries AND IT WORKS!!


Sweet Itch Mix

50/50 mix of apple cider vinegar and olive oil added with bi-carb soda to make it into a paste.

This is applied to the affected area every two days.

Use the Super Strong Repellant to keep the midge away! 


Hope this helps!! 



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