Did you know an inexpensive, easy to find, household product has many uses around the barn? Petroleum jelly, or Vaseline, should be an addition to your tack box. Here's why!
For minor wounds or scrapes, vaseline is a great ointment. It protects the wound, and helps maintain moisture so it can heal faster. Apply it generously ontop of the scrape, and you can apply a bandage over the wound if needed.
Want that show ring shine? Apply a very thin layer of vaseline around your horse's eyes, muzzle, ears, etc. Rub it in gently with your hands. The vaseline will give your horse a beautiful shine that is sure to catch the judge's attention.
Got crumbly hooves? Constant wet-dry-wet conditions can be hard on your horse's hooves, causing chipping and cracking. Apply a layer of vaseline all around the hoof wall, and over the sole, to help maintain a constant level of moisture.
Vaseline can also help prevent the build up of snow in the horse's hoof! Apply generously to the sole daily to prevent snowballs in the hoof.
Gnats, mosquitos, flies, and other insects can be a real nuisance in the spring and summer months. Apply a thin layer of vaseline to the ears, face, under the belly, or anywhere you want to keep the biting insects away. The sticky surface will repel insects, and if they do land, it acts as a barrier so they cannot bite.
Add a few drops of citronella essential oil to your vaseline to make it an even better defense against insects!
There are so many uses for petroleum jelly in horses. I hope these suggestions above come in handy. Got more uses for vaseline? Share it in the comments below! Thanks!
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