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Ask the Nutritionist: Dr. Getty's Forum for Equine Nutrition
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Apple Cider Vinegar

Dr. Getty, I've heard that feeding Apple Cider Vinegar can help keep flies away - any proof of this? If so, how much should be fed? And will it help with mosquitoes? I have horses being eated alive by mosquitoes - is there anything I can give them to provide some relief?

Thank you.

Where are you from? Ontario, Canada

Re: Apple Cider Vinegar

Hi Lisa,

Yes, I too have heard about using apple cider vinegar for flies, however, the evidence is mostly anecdotal and not scientific. It is not harmful to feed, and most people who use it, give ½ cup per meal.

However, mosquitoes are another issue all together and are very difficult to control. There are insect repellant sprays, as you well know, but even they are not very effective. You might try giving your horse 500 mg of Vitamin B1 (thiamin) each day. There is some benefit regarding its ability to repel insects. But, nothing works 100%.

Hope you vaccinate against West Nile virus, since it is mosquito-borne.

All the best,

Dr. Getty