When I used to show horses, people who rode studs would put vaseline in their nose to keep them from smelling a mare in heat. I have never heard of using Vicks Vapor Rub to calm a horse. It might be worth a try. Horses are herd animals and definitely deal with rank issues in the herd. You might try putting him in a pasture or stall beside other horses for a week or so before turning him out with them to avoid vet bills. |
: I've got a relative who recently aquired a
: rescue horse. The horse is a quarter horse
: that was retired after 3 yrs of cart racing.
: This is a very nice looking animal, however
: it seems to have a few issues. It does not
: appear to like other horses and will even go
: as far as to kick and bite them. From what
: I was told, this horse was left in a back
: field to fend for itself when it was
: They were told by a 'horse psychiatrist'
: that applying vicks vapor rub to the horse's
: top lip would help mask the scent of the
: other animals that are in the same barn and
: therefore calm the animal. Has anyone heard
: of this? I'm not a horse person, but to me
: it sounds like the new animal is jockeying
: for position in it's new surroundings. Do
: horses deal with the same sort of dominance
: and hierarchy isuses as dogs?