Spring has started and so did tick season .. Ticks can be a real problem for horses. Creating skin infections and ticks can carry bacteria and diseases. The invasions seem to get worse each year. And we live in a place with lot of deers and other wildlife who all carry ticks. Even on the pasture, where the grass is short my horses get them. So it is a myth that ticks live in trees.
A friend attended me about coconut oil as a tick repellent, coconut oil is safe to use because it is something you can eat. coconut oil is 100% safe on the skin it is known for antiseptic and anti inflammation characteristics. And so does geranium essential oil, the geranium oil only is available and affordable in small amounts and you cannot use it pure it has to be deluded anyway in some kind of carrier. So I decided to make a mix of coconut oil with geranium oil. It nourishes the skin for sure, and now I will use it on my horses to see if it really works as tick repellent. First see then believe, my motto.
Ticks always creep up along the face and legs of the horses finding a nice warm spot where they can bite and suck blood of our beloved animals. Mostly under the yaw, in the mane. In between the upper legs and under the belly between the hind legs. That are the spots I will treat with the geranium coconut oil.
It smells lovely, and lets see if it does what they say. Treatment starts today!
I will keep you informed, and update on this experiment. It is a 100% natural harmless solution so the risk is zero.
Let the horse be with you!