DIY Horse Care Recipes

After many years of sharing my DIY Horse Care Recipes on the blog, I wanted to create this round up post of my favorites, and give you all an easy place to get started.

I first began with do-it-yourself horse care out of sheer necessity. My limited budget just didn’t allow for expensive store bought products!

6 Easy DIY Horse Care Recipes from Savvy Horsewoman

And then I began to realize…

Did my horses care if their coat conditioner is store bought? Is it really any better? The conclusion I came to is ABSOLUTELY not!

After a few years of trial and error, I’ve put together this collection of  great recipes that can replace most of the products on the tack store shelf at a fraction of the price.

Let’s get started!

6 Easy DIY Horse Care Recipes from Savvy Horsewoman

Coat Conditioner with Coconut Oil

This leave-in spray adds moisture and shine, without any stickiness.

Ingredients include:

Fractionated Coconut Oil
Vegetable Glycerin
Witch Hazel
Essential Oils (optional)
Distilled Water

Reader Feedback:

Came across your recipe, and I added tea tree, rosemary, and lavender essential oils with it (good choices for dandruff), and it worked like a charm! No more dandruff or “itchies” and she loves her spray and “massage” time!! – Cynthia

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6 Easy DIY Horse Care Recipes from Savvy Horsewoman

Mane & Tail Growth Serum

With Castor Oil as the key ingredient, this serum is a life saver for short manes and forelocks.

Ingredients Include:

Castor Oil
Oil(s) of your choice*
Essential Oils  (optional)

*I use a mix of castor/jojoba/neem oil. See the blog post for more options.

Reader Feedback

Thank you for this recipe! It really works!! My friend’s horse’s forelock was cut off by one of the grooms taking out his braid. We have been massaging in this recipe (I also used a combo of neem and jojoba along with lavender and rosemary essential oils) for a couple of months now and his forelock has grown. Another gal in the barn asked to use some on her son’s roping horse as he had no forelock and sure enough, it’s growing!!!! – Lani

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6 Easy DIY Horse Care Recipes from Savvy Horsewoman

Natural Horse Shampoo

This recipe uses my favorite coconut based Castile Soap for a deep clean.

Ingredients include:

Dr. Bronners Liquid Soap
Jojoba Oil
Fractionated Coconut Oil
Vegetable Glycerin
Witch Hazel
Essential Oils (optional)

Reader Feedback

I love to create my own horsey products when I can, it not only saves money but I think it is healthier for the horses without all those chemicals. Thanks for sharing! – Dana Benjamin

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6 Easy DIY Horse Care Recipes from Savvy Horsewoman

Homemade Grooming Wipes

Perfect for the shows or travelling, these wipes are convenient and easy to make.

Ingredients include:

Distilled water
Witch Hazel
Fractionated Coconut Oil
Essential Oils (optional)

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6 Easy DIY Horse Care Recipes from Savvy Horsewoman

Easy Homemade Show Sheen

If you’re in a pinch, this can be made from ingredients you probably already have at home.

Ingredients include:

Hair Conditioner
Baby Oil
White Vinegar

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Natural Fly Spray for Horses + DIY Recipes | Horse Care from Savvy Horsewoman

DIY Essential Oil Fly Spray

For an effective fly spray with a pleasant smell, give this one a try.

Ingredients include:

Witch Hazel
Vanilla Extract
Essential Oil Blend

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If you’re looking for more great DIY Horse Care Recipes, you’re in luck!

I wrote the Starter’s Guide to DIY Horse Care to provide a simple and easy to follow guide for my readers.

This e-book will walk you through the basics of choosing the right ingredients to create a specialized program for your horse.

You don’t need experience or special equipment; it can all be done right in your home with many products you already have in your kitchen!

What’s Inside:

➨ 10 of the most popular, easy-to-follow DIY recipes from the blog.

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➨ 7 exclusive, highly requested recipes including:

  • Hoof Conditioner
  • Leather Balm
  • Gentle Leather Cleaner
  • Natural Brush Cleaner
  • Tick Repellent
  • Healing Balm
  • No-Bake Horse Treats

➨ Sample feeding schedule with natural supplements including:

  • Coconut Oil
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Chia Seeds
  • Himalayan Salt

➨ Tips to reduce pests without harmful sprays.

>>Get started today!<< (for less than the cost of a bottle of fly spray!)


“I have owned horses my whole life, but I was never one of those who could afford to buy the latest care products. All I can say is I WISH I had been able to read this book years ago! These tips are definitely worth trying out. Riding is expensive, so if you’re one of us “regular people”, who can’t afford to splurge, these tips will surely help you a great deal. The book is easy to read, and all tips are simple to follow. I recommend this to ANYONE!” – Christa from

“I found the information in this e-book to be both fascinating and valuable. I love the idea of using environmentally-friendly products on my horses, but I didn’t know how to get started. By using the recipes from the Starter’s Guide to DIY Horse Care, I’m now able to create a variety of economical products that work! The recipes are easy to make with just a few ingredients. I also find them to be convenient, since I mix up just what I need – when I need it. The simple and natural ingredients allow me to control exactly what is applied to my horse’s sensitive skin. With all these benefits, I confidently recommend this e-book to all my equestrian friends and fellow riders. Thank you, Savvy Horsewoman for providing this helpful resource!” – Mary Beth Rohaly, Founder of

Happy Riding,

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6 Easy DIY Horse Care Recipes from Savvy Horsewoman


  1. September 18, 2018 / 5:27 am

    Thanks for these great and awesome suggestions!
    I would definitely try it.

    • savvyhorsewoman
      September 18, 2018 / 8:57 am

      You’re welcome 🙂

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