Two questions warrants a post, right?
So. Coconut oil. I use it like other people use MTG. I'm a vegetarian and I just can't get behind smearing dead pig on my pony. (How do you know someone's a vegetarian? Give them ten minutes and they'll tell you.) My BM swears by straight up bacon grease. She keeps a little tray of it in her tack room and for the longest time I thought it was mashed potatoes and I was very confused.
|it rubs the lotion on its skin or it gets the hose again.|
- → Mane and tail. I've waxed poetic about the wonders of oil for human hair. Ponies need it, too. Especially dirty ponies who live outside and get dehydrating salt crystals on their sunbleached selves. I rub it into his tail bone and all down the length of his tail, with extra attention to his sunbleached tips. I wish I were more consistent with it! Then, when my hands are all oily, I just rub them through his mane and try to rub into the base of the mane. After I ride.
- → Elbow pit. Have you ever noticed dry flaky skin in the folds of the elbow pit? Coconut oil is great for that. It doesn't sting, it gently moisturizes that area so there isn't more friction.
- → Backside of the pastern. This is probably just neurotic owner, but I think it benefits and prevents scratches. Another moisturizing area. When I'm down there, I'll also swipe some on the coronet band.
- → Below the ear. Archie gets really dry skin right here. I don't glob it on so it'll run down his face or anything, but I'll put enough to saturate the area. Dry skin leads to hair loss and and pony with a bald face isn't so cute.
- → General injuries. (not pictured) After the cut has healed, I put coconut oil on it. At one of my old vet hospitals, we used honey for wound care as a natural antiseptic. I would totally do that with Archie's various ouches, except I worry about attracting insects to him. The kiddos in the clinic were inside. Coconut oil doesn't have much in it to attract anything, so I put it on to encourage hair growth and really.. make his neurotic owner feel like she's doing something.
- → Noms. (not pictured) Archie also eats it! Not straight from the jar or anything, but one of his supplements is Cocosoya Oil, which is a blend of soybean oil and coconut oil. It's all sorts of healthy fats and fatty acids. I'm not going to say that I saw all the benefits that the company swears it has, but I also wasn't looking for them. I started him on it last fall, when I took him off his summer beer. The BM reported that he wasn't finishing his supplements, so I thought another liquid would help with that.