Essential oils are known for their benefits for humans, but when was the last time you considered their benefits for your horses?
By inhaling, massaging and diffusing essential oils, humans and their horses can experience a wide range of benefits
What essential oils are “safe” for horses?
It is important to note that not all essential oils are safe for your equine partner. Some are even safe for one use, but not for another. It is important to understand and be able to differentiate the essential oils that are safe from the ones that are not before using any kind of essential oil on your horse. Some essential oils are only safe when they are in a dilute state.
Additionally, it is important to keep in mind that certain species and age groups of horses take to essential oils differently. Shetland ponies for example shouldn’t be given the same amount of oils as you would a 9 year old Clydesdale gelding. Caution should be taken when exposing pregnant mares to essential oils as well. Always consult your vet if you have any questions or concerns.
A few commonly found essential oils that have proven useful to have in your tack box:
How to use essential oils on your horse
If you are a member of our herd and have visited this site before, you know how passionately I feel about allowing your horse to make decisions in their lives. It is no different when it coms to allowing your horse to smell the oil first, before applying it to them. Make sure that they like it. If your horse has one sniff and pulls away…he/she is not interested and does not wish to have that smell.
Once you both have decided that the smell of the oil is desirable, it is time to apply! When I apply essential oil to my horses, I start by placing ONE drop on their forehead and ONE drop on their neck. It will then take approximately 5 seconds for the oil to get into their bloodstream when applied on the exterior. In no later than 30 minutes, the oil will reach the cells of the body.
What about essential oil blends?
Essential oils actually work very well in blends! Here are a few blends for particular situations!
Trailering your horse blend: Sweet Almond, Chamomile, and Valerian essential oils
Focused horse blend: Sweet Almond, Lemon, Cypress essential oils
Severely nervous horse: LAVENDER ESSENTIAL OIL WORKS BEST!