Stone Hedge Farm Canada

Why use Essential Oils?

Essential Oils are volatile aromatic compounds that are harvested and steam distilled or cold pressed from the leaves, bark, fruit, flowers, stems, roots, or other parts of plants. These powerful and potent compounds can be used aromatically, topically, and (under  supervision) even internally safely and effectively for amazing health benefits and overall wellness.  With our animals we have to be very careful as they are more sensitive to oils than humans

Essential oils can be used for a wide range of emotional and physical wellness applications. They can be used as single essential oils or in complex essential oil blends depending on user experience and desired benefit.

Just like humans Essential Oils are: 

  • Non toxic to the horse – Just like the human body, toxicity is a huge problem for our animals.
  • Easy to use – Essential oils for horses can be used exactly in the same manner as with humans. Horses can inhale the oil directly from the bottle or from your hand. They can be placed directly on the body or placed in their feed.
  • Extremely beneficial for training horses – when training young or green horses, or re-train problem horses that have people problems!  The oils are another tool for your tool box. You can cut through training issues faster than you ever could before and you can see horses releasing emotional baggage before your eyes. 
  • Good for riders too! – Riders are continually dealing with fears, insecurities, and nerves. These emotions and others effect our horse on a daily basis. The oils can help release many of these emotions, produce a synergistic effect between horse and rider and ultimately improve our riding!

General Safety Tips for Horses with Essential Oil use.

When it comes to essential oils and your horse, all of the experts agree on these important factors:

  • Use only high-quality, therapeutic grade oils
  • oils are usually used dilutedwith carrier oils,  such as coconut, olive, sunflower, or vegetable oil for topical applications.  They may cause redness or irritation if used on the skin undiluted.
  • They should not be used in the eyes or ear canal
  • Do not allow undiluted essential oils to touch the horse’s nostrils or genital areas.
  • Discontinue using an oil if you or your horse has a reaction ( skin, respiratory, stomach)
  • Use common sense with exposure amounts and times
  • Consult with a professional trained in essential oil use. ( Like acupressure, essential oils can be deceptively potent!)

 Knowledge is power and by arming yourself with knowledge, you’ll have the power to keep yourself, your home, and your pets safe and happy for a lifetime.

Essential Oils uses with Horses.

Essential oils can be used for numerous equine conditions.  

*Note: If a horse turns his head away from an essential oil when you let him sniff it, he is showing you that he doesn’t prefer that oil.  Below is a small list of examples of oils that can be used:

  • Nervousness/ Anxiety: Valerian and Lavender essential oils.
  • Hormone Imbalance (Mare issues): Clary Sage and Geranium essential oils.
  • Muscle Spasms: Basil, Lavender, Marjoram essential oils.
  • Sore/ Overused Muscles: Eucalyptus, Balsam Fir, Lavender essential oils.
  • Scratches/ Greasy Heal: Melaleuca ( Tea Tree ), Lemon Grass, Myrtle, Lavender essential oils.
  • Rain Rot: Melaleuca (Tea tree) , Lemongrass, Geranium essential oils.
  • Sarcoids:  Tea Tree, Oregano essential oils.
  • Thrush: Tea Tree, Thyme, essential oils.  
  • Abscesses: Tea Tree, Oregano,  Lavender essential oils.  
  • Sheath Cleaning: Myrrh, and Rosemary essential oils.  
  • There are also several essential oils that repel biting insects.

** Important Note:  Always consult your veterinarian if your horse has a serious condition.  Essential oils are not meant to be a substitute for responsible veterinary care. **