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Trying to remember some old fashion remedies that worked... in the barn. :)

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  • Trying to remember some old fashion remedies that worked... in the barn. :)

    I swear that I remember using sugar and betadine to put on proud flesh, as well as "wonder dust". Bacon grease on something??? LOL

    Anyone else remember some of those old tricks?

    I remember a cowboy giving his horse 3 cans of copenhagan twice a year to "worm him". LOL

    Just thought this would be fun.
    *Better to have loved than to have never loved at all.*
    ALWAYS Blessings NEVER losses.

  • #2
    Maxi-pads and Desitin for scratches.


    • #3
      A friend used to get the used fryolator oil from a restaurant and used it as hoof dressing. Same as bacon grease. Bleach solution for thrush. Corn starch packed onto white socks and brushed out for that whiter chrome. Blueing in rinse water for grey/white horses. Desitin to keep flies away. I knew an old retired cavalry officer who kept a kerosene soaked piece of burlap in a coffee can and used it as fly repellant by rubbing the rag over the horse.


      • #4
        Wet saddle pads still work.
        Tom Stovall, CJF
        No me preguntes cualquier preguntas, yo te diré no mentiras.


        • #5
          some of those sound pretty scary to me!


          • #6
            Originally posted by Horsecrazy27 View Post
            I swear that I remember using sugar and betadine to put on proud flesh, as well as "wonder dust". ...

            You're right - it's called Sugardine and is still used. I've used it for a hoof abscess - worked like a charm!

            here is some information about Sugardine:



            Some of those *old time* remedies really do work. I remember an elderly friend once telling me about her old vet's homemade colic remedy. Don't know how well it worked but it was probably from way before any of the modern colic treatments were available (that vet practiced a long, long time ago). Anyway, his remedy was a mixture of instant coffee, baking soda, and ground ginger mixed into a paste and oral dosed by syringe. Actually I have read (on the web) about people still using this or something similar. I guess maybe it couldn't hurt if you don't have any Banamine on hand and your vet isn't right around the corner!
            Last edited by Claddagh; Jan. 22, 2010, 09:55 AM.


            • #7
              I've heard of salted granny smith apples the day after gas colic. We've always made our sugardine with brown sugar because it supposedly has more antiinflammatory properties than white sugar. Equal parts furazone safeguard dewormer and DMSO for scratches. I've heard of a listerine Avon skin so soft and something else for skin "funk".
              Brae Mont Farm


              • #8
                Desitin or generic diaper rash ointment (40% zinc oxide) to protect pink noses in the summer.


                • #9
                  My vet still likes 'sugardene' better then commercial alternatives for hoof abscesses.

                  We always used Pine tar and neatsfoot oil mixed together for hooves. Made it up in a can and applied with paint brush.

                  epsom salts for many things.

                  Old farmer when we were kids swore by kerosene mixed with pine tar for wounds. have no idea if it worked! I still remember seeing that smeared on a wound on one of his work horses.

                  There are many more. I have to think..


                  • #10
                    I've heard about Palmolive for gas colic, but never tried it myself. Two drops in the feed as a preventative. A syringeful to treat.


                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Tom Stovall View Post
                      Wet saddle pads still work.
                      I don't have time for that... can't I get something to apply topically? Neatly packaged? That shows up as if by magic once a month? I have a credit card


                      • #12
                        I remember my granny using old motor oil for hooves if they started cracking and not holding shoes. She also used tobacco to worm my pony.

                        I have heard of the kerosene for fly repellent as well.
                        Originally posted by dizzywriter
                        My saddle fits perfectly well. It might be a little tight around the waist, but I take care of that with those spandex things.


                        • #13
                          I love Wonder Dust. I use it all the time for minor scrapes and cuts. Helped a gal at the barn just the other week whose horse gave himself a pretty good scrape- one of those "not worth a vet call but still kinda ugly" things. Puffed it with Wonder Dust, I saw her just last night and she told me it healed perfectly.
                          ~Living the life I imagined~


                          • #14
                            My Grandfather used lindseed oil on the dry hoofs of his draft mules. But I used neats foot oil on my horses. Worked well.
                            Cowboys used bacon grease or lard on their horses wounds because that is all they had. It kept the flies off and kept the air off so the wounds could heal.
                            There are some old time recipes they still use in vet science.
                            Nice posts. sadlmakr

                            Originally posted by Jane Honda View Post
                            I remember my granny using old motor oil for hooves if they started cracking and not holding shoes. She also used tobacco to worm my pony.

                            I have heard of the kerosene for fly repellent as well.


                            • #15
                              Sauerkraut for scratches. I've used it on a bad, long term case (after many other different remedies) and it really helped.


                              • #16
                                Didn't they used to "drench" horses with whiskey for colic? Might help a little with the spasmodic type, I guess.
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                                • #17
                                  Who else can remember when worming your horse involved having a vet come out, insert a long rubber hose up the horse's nostril down into the stomach, and pour a liquid worm medicine through the tube directly into the stomach...

                                  I also remember a man who used a rag soaked with kerosene to rub over a horse at a show to put a shine on the coat.


                                  • #18
                                    Ivory soap flakes & corn syrup for deep wounds.
                                    (home health agency I work for told me nurses still use this mixture for bedsores!)

                                    Not only do I recall "tube-worming" for parasites, but my own horses were wormed this way once a year until 2000!
                                    (Ok - took a little time for me to catch up with technology...)

                                    Equine chiropractor once advised me to use Palmolive to sweat a stifle.
                                    Leave on overnight, then rinse off the next day. Darn stuff took the hair off down to the skin!

                                    And who's calling WonderDust "old fashioned"???
                                    *friend of bar.ka*RIP all my lovely boys, gone too soon:
                                    Steppin' Out 1988-2004
                                    Hey Vern! 1982-2009, Cash's Bay Threat 1994-2009
                                    Sam(Jaybee Altair) 1994-2015


                                    • #19
                                      I just remembered my Great Uncle used a blend of flowers of sulfur and lard as a wound salve. Some of these are pretty scary!!


                                      • #20
                                        a blend of flowers of sulfur and lard
                                        Boy, I'd say that sounds an awful lot like that yucky "MTG" stuff!
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