It’s simply amazing how neem oil can serve many purposes and can easily be applied to many situations, as an example, if you own a horse, you can use neem oil against a multitude of symptoms and conditions, not only that, but using this amazing oil is also extremely safe as it doesn’t have any side effects, if you apply the right amounts, to your horse and will simply increase its immune system while also helping it deal with many conditions that can be extremely tiring and painful.
In this post, I’m going to talk to you about the conditions in which neem oil can help your horse get better, and to tell you to the truth, I don’t own a horse, but my friend does and she told me about how to use neem oil successfully in order to get rid of a multitude of symptoms that she would have otherwise spent many hundreds of dollars resolving.
The first condition in which to use neem oil for your horse is sweet itch.
Sweet itch is a common skin condition that affects horses, and many other equines, that is due to an allergic response to the bites of midges, and is more frequent in warm regions.
You need to understand that neem oil contains a very powerful insecticide called Azadirachtin, it’s the one responsible for getting rid of midges while also being an excellent anti-inflammatory compound, this means that it can also lower pain levels in horses suffering from this condition.
By applying neem oil frequently onto your horse’ skin, using a sprayer for example, you will simply drive away midges from it while also helping its skin heal faster.
The second amazing compound found in neem oil that’s responsible for healing sweet itch in horses is Nimbin, which is a fantastic anti-inflammatory organic chemical compound that is simply going to heal the allergic reaction faster.
How to apply neem oil for horses affected with sweet itch?
If you don’t have a sprayer, simply apply about two teaspoons of pure neem oil, preferably organic, onto the palm of your hands and start massaging your horse, the affected areas, when applying to the tail, use about one tablespoon.
At first, your horse is going to hate the smell a little, but then it’s going to enjoy the affection and attention from you.
If your horse heals soon after, don’t stop, keep on applying neem oil daily for about five more days, this is the best way to drive away any midges in the area from it.
Can you give neem leaves to your horse?
Yes, but only in small amounts, do not exceed two tablespoons a day, and usually, it will increase its immune system which is going to get rid of many other conditions.
The second condition you can use neem oil for horses is open wounds.
As mentioned before, neem is perfect for increasing the immune functions of your horses, especially if it’s given as neem leaves, you can also give a horse about one teaspoon a day of pure neem oil, but do not exceed five days in a row.
This will keep the immune system functioning very well in order to heal the wounds faster while also reducing the infections and inflammations both internally and externally, you can also massage around the wound using neem oil, this will drive away flies and other insects and will help you heal wounds much faster because it has a fantastic cleaning ability.
The third condition in which to use neem oil for your horse is thrush.
If your horse is suffering from thrush, a condition related to being barefoot for a long time, then rubbing your horse hooves with pure neem oil daily will get rid of the symptoms very efficiently.
The fourth condition is rainscald.
Rain scald, also known as dermatophilosis or rain rot, is a very common skin condition that affects horses that’s caused by a bacterium called Dermatophilus congolensis which is thought to originate from the soil, it affects moist and tropical areas more than dry and warm ones.
This disease is also very common in cows, goats and sheep and can sometimes affect cats and dogs and even humans as well.
In horses, ticks, and the biting flies can also cause rainscald.
It’s amazing what neem oil can do when your horse is suffering from rainscald, because it contains so many powerful anti-inflammatory compounds, it can reduce pain very quickly and easily while also increasing the immune system’s response.
Not only that, but neem oil can get rid of the bacterium causing rainscald because it contains very powerful antibacterial agents, the most famous one is Nimbin.
How to use neem oil for horses affected with rainscald?
First, you need to give your horse about two tablespoons a day for seven days of fresh neem leaves, if you don’t have them, then simply give your horse about two teaspoons a day of dried neem leaves, you need to also apply neem oil to your horse’ skin and massage using a glove, be careful as sometimes rainscald can affect humans as well.
The next condition neem oil can heal is mud fever.
Mud fever, also known as scratches, pastern dermatitis, is a very common disease that affects horses and causes irritations, inflammations, and dermatitis in the lower limbs of horses, it’s caused by the same bacteria I just mentioned some few lines ago, Dermatophilus congolensis, and sometimes Staphylococcus spp, yet bacterial causes aren’t the only ones responsible, as mud fever can also be due to fungal infections, and mange mites, those cases are known as dew poisoning, grease heel, or greasy heel.
How to use neem oil to heal horses affected with mud fever?
By simply applying two teaspoons a day of neem oil directly on your horse’s limbs, and giving it two tablespoons of neem leaves, raw or two teaspoons of dried neem leaves.
This is going to lower the inflammation while also increasing its immune response so as to fight off the disease much more quickly and efficiently.
And by applying neem oil topically, its anti-inflammatory compounds are going to lower the pain which is going to lift the spirit of your horse and help it heal much faster.
The sixth condition to use neem oil for horses is ticks.
If your horse is suffering from ticks, then you should probably start applying a mixture of neem oil, water, and organic soap to its skin daily.
Simply mix a quarter of a liter of pure organic neem oil with three liters of water and two tablespoons of ground soap, then massage your horse’s skin with this mixture, it will get rid of the ticks almost overnight and the wonderful thing is that the powerful neem oil smell is going to drive ticks and bugs away from it.
The wonderful thing about neem oil and horses is that it doesn’t cause allergic reactions or negative side effects; it’s completely safe for both their skin and internal organs.
This is thanks to a chemical compound found in it called Salannin, it’s the one responsible for neem’s horrible smell, and it’s also the one responsible for driving insects and ticks away from your horse.
Another amazing benefit of neem oil is related to gastrointestinal problems.
If your horse is suffering from stomach flu or diarrhea, then giving it two tablespoons a day of neem leaves or one teaspoon a day of ground neem bark is fantastic and is going to soothe the pain while getting rid of the symptoms very easily.
Whether your horse is suffering from intestinal worms or pinworms, sometimes known as threadworm, two tablespoons a day of raw neem leaves or two teaspoons a day of dried neem leaves can do the trick and will get rid of these quite easily, and because in the case of pinworms, it’s caused in the first place by the female insect lying eggs around the anus of your horse, it’s preferable that you spray a mixture of neem oil, water and soap every day on its skin in order to drive it away.