Natural Remedies for Horse Hives

Learn what horse hives are, possible causes, and natural remedies for horse hives.

What are horse hives?
Hives are the most common type of skin allergy that results in raised areas of the skin which are also called urticaria, rash, or wheals.

What are the possible causes of horse hives?
Horse hives can be an allergic reaction to your horse from:

  • coming into contact with a plant such as nettles
  • a vaccination
  • a topical or oral medication
  • a topical product
  • something in the diet, even eating fresh spring grass
  • an insect bite or sting
  • internal parasites such as small strongyles

  • Some horses may even have respiratory or diarrhea problems as a result of the hives. While most cases of hives disappear in 24-48 hours, if your horse has a severe reaction, you will want to contact your vet. Ask yourself if anything has changed with your horse in the past 24-48 hours. Did you feed a new food item, did your horse receive a vaccination, or did you wash their saddle pad, blanket, etc. in something different? Think of any possible cause for the hives.

    What are some natural remedies for horse hives?

  • Aromatherapy: Lavender and tea tree oil can help sooth. Click here to learn more about animal aromatherapy.
  • Bach Flower Remedies: Offering Agrimony, Cherry Plum, or Crab Apple can help your horse cope with hives until the condition is resolved. Click here to learn more about Bach flower essences.
  • Homeopathic Remedies: Apis Mel has been used as one of the remedies for horse hives. Click here to learn more about homeopathy for horses.
  • Herbs: Certain herbs can be beneficial for horse hives.
    Hepaphyt by Hilton Herbs contains milk thistle seed, dandelion root, burdock root, cleaver herb, nettle leaf, liquorice root, and dandelion leaf.
  • Stop Itch by Wendals contains burdock root, cleavers, marigold, fenugreek seed, garlic, nettles, seaweed, rosemary, meadowsweet, and marshmallow. Allertonic contains fresh stinging nettle, licorice, eyebright, horsehound, osha, horsetail, mullein, elecampane, and plantain.
    If the cause of the horse hives is unknown and the condition is ongoing, or the cause is known but the condition is recurring because there is no way to totally eliminate the problem, then traditional chinese medicine (TCM) may help. To find a holistic vet that uses TCM remedies for horse hives, click here.
  • Natural Supplements: Probiotics and blue green aglae can be very beneficial to your horse's immune system and coat.
  • Natural Topical Remedies: Colloidal Silver Aloe Salve is a concentrated extract of colloidal silver combined with Aloe Vera gel and Tea Tree oil. It can help sooth minor skin irritations.

    What are some natural therapy remedies for horse hives?

  • Reiki (energy work) can be offered to your horse by placing your hands above the location of the hives. If the hives are all over the body, you can offer reiki from the front, rear, and both sides. If your horse moves away at any time, offer reiki from a distance as they are sensitive to the energy and the hives can make them more so. See reiki for horses to learn more.
  • Acupuncture has proven beneficial to some horses with hives on its own or in combination with other remedies. To find a licensed veterinarian acupuncturist, click here.


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