If you’re considering giving your horse CBD, there are a few important things you should know. Find out how to use CBD with your horse safely & effectively. VetCS is the hemp industry leader in producing innovative CBD products for horses. Our CBD horse paste is easy to give and allows for precise dosing. We also offer Veterinarian designed CBD horse powders & pellets.
Is CBD Safe For Horses? The Ultimate Guide to Equine CBD
If you’re considering giving your horse CBD, there are a few important things you should know. Find out how to use CBD with your horse safely & effectively.
You care more about your horse than anyone else. So, when she started turning down food due to pain — you decided to try something different and have been looking into using CBD with your horse.
The truth is, you’re not alone.
More and more equestrians give their horses CBD these days for chronic pain, inflammation, and a host of other symptoms.
Recent evidence shows that CBD is safe, non-toxic, and non-addictive, and safe for animals — including horses.
If you’ve been thinking about giving your horse CBD, keep reading for tips on calculating an effective dose. We’ll also cover how to stay safe when giving CBD supplements to horses and discuss the different ways of administering CBD to your trusty steed.
Table of Contents
- 1. Calculating CBD Oil Dosage For Horses
- Example Starting Doses: CBD Tinctures, Capsules/Pellets, & Concentrates
Best CBD Oils for Horses
First and foremost, what are the best CBD oils to use for horses?
The truth is that you don’t actually need a specific oil for horses. All CBD oil will work for horses just as they do for humans, and spending extra money on horse-specific products will only serve to markup the price.
The main factor to consider is the size of the animal. Horses are huge animals and may require relatively high doses of CBD. For this reason, we recommend going for some of the higher potency options when it comes to dosing your horse.
Here’s a collection of the best high-potency CBD oils on the market that are safe to use with horses:
- Royal CBD Full Spectrum Oil (Best Overall)
- Nordic Oil Full-Spectrum CBD Oil (USA)
Why Are People Using CBD With Horses?
Horse-owners use CBD to support the horse’s well-being. CBD’s anti-inflammatory and anxiolytic effects may help horses manage symptoms of common ailments, including:
That said, CBD is not used to “cure” common conditions in horses but to improve the animal’s quality of life. CBD in horses is also used to aid natural metabolic processes and speed recovery after a big day of exercise.
CBD may support horses in the following areas of health:
Some companies make specific CBD pet oils for arthritis or other chronic health conditions. These products are formulated with various other ingredients to help with a specific symptom or condition. You can find CBD pet oils for cancer, epilepsy, anxiety, and more.
Most of these formulas are marketed for dogs because there are many more dog owners than horse owners — but these oils are perfectly safe for both animals. Just be aware that the dose for a horse will be a lot higher than a dose for a dog.
Is CBD Safe For Horses?
Horses, like humans, have an endocannabinoid system (ECS) — which functions as a regulatory system in the body to maintain homeostasis (balance) of many different areas.
Some basic functions of the ECS include regulating digestion, sleep, appetite, inflammation, mood, immune function, temperature, memory, and more.
Although there are no horse-specific studies involving CBD — most of the research performed on both humans and animals shows that CBD is non-toxic and non-addictive .
In fact, even when administered in higher doses, CBD is well-tolerated by both humans and animals.
Some common side effects of CBD in animals include diarrhea, drowsiness, dizziness, and dry mouth — all of which are mild in nature and tend to only result from using very high doses.
CBD May Help Your Horse When Nothing Else is Working
Many times, both hemp CBD and marijuana are used as a last resort for horses with painful chronic conditions.
One example of marijuana use in horses is Tori, a 16-year-old Paso Fino with equine melanoma. When Tori’s owner got the news of the horse’s probable euthanasia, she decided to turn to cannabis as the last option.
So, over the course of a few years, Tori’s owner used cannabis oil (a mix of 6% THC and 11.7% CBD) to keep her alive. Luckily, cannabis had a great long-term effect on Tori.
“Update from 2020: Tori’s tumors continue to look good, and she continues passing full rectums of manure nearing 3 years after it was first proposed to euthanize her for bowel blockage.”
Now, we wouldn’t recommend you give your horse marijuana without consulting a vet, but Tori’s story’s message is that cannabis won’t hurt your horse if used responsibly.
In fact, one veterinarian is making a case for the responsible use of THC in animals by comparing it to common pain medications. The logic behind that is that if you give your animal the minimum lethal dose of THC (3000 mg/kg for dogs), the animal will experience the same intoxication as if it accidentally ate an entire bottle of pain meds.
Now, back to hemp CBD.
Another horse owner decided to give hemp CBD pellets to his horse post-colic surgery. When the owner noticed that one scoop of CBD pellets twice a day didn’t show any results, he increased the dosage to two scoops twice a day and noticed a “huge difference.”
“His lingering edema almost completely went away within a few weeks, and he’s been moving so much more forward and pain-free. People are amazed at how quickly he’s bouncing back in under saddle work now.”
Furthermore, one case report found that 250 mg of pure crystalline cannabidiol administered by mouth twice daily helped a 4-year-old Quarter Horse with a 5-week history of “marked sensitivity to touch” — when traditional meds showed no improvement in clinical signs. When the animal started taking CBD, the clinical signs resolved after two just days .
Dosing Guidelines: How Much CBD Should I Give My Horse?
Now, the most important part is, “How much CBD should I give my horse?”
Animals are more sensitive to CBD — horses in particular. According to Dr. Luedke, a veterinarian and leading expert on CBD for horses, Horses require lower and less frequent doses of CBD than other animals.
Dr. Leudke stated that horses need longer dosing intervals than other species and seem to be more sensitive on the “per kilogram” dosing model.
For example, if a CBD dose of 1-2 milligrams per kilogram works well for dogs, horses need a lower dose — ranging from 0.25-1 milligrams per kilogram.
Horses’ sensitivity to CBD may or may not be attributed to how they digest food. As hindgut (large intestine) fermenters, horses get most of their energy through fermentation, not digestion like other animals do.
According to Kentucky Equine Research, simple things such as “feeding too much grain, improper ratios of forage and grain, or moldy forage or grain” can wreak havoc on the equine digestive system. This sensitivity may make horses more susceptible to CBD.
So, when you start giving your horse CBD, make sure you start low and increase the dose gradually. Starting with low CBD doses allows you to track your horse’s progress and adjust the dose when you start to see benefits.
Many people will start with the baseline dose of 40 mg and increase it until they reach the desired results. According to Dr. Juliet M. Getty, the best dosage for horses are as follows:
- Minis (400-660 lbs) — 25 to 50 mg
- Full-sized (660-1110 lbs) — 75 to 170 mg
- Large breeds (1100-1800) — 120 to 200 mg
1. Calculating CBD Oil Dosage For Horses
If you’re using CBD oils, first look at the size of the bottle and the amount of CBD inside. Then, you divide the amount of CBD by the size of the bottle. This will give you the oil potency in milligrams of CBD per milliliter of oil (mg/mL).
So, if your bottle is 30 mL and contains 3000 mg of CBD, you get 100 mg of CBD in 1 mL (a full dropper) — 3000mg/30mL = 100 mg/mL.
Once you know the potency, you can use simple math to find the right dose. If you have an oil with 100 mg/mL CBD, and you want a dose of 40 mg — all you have to do is give 0.4 mL (40% full dropper).
Our product reviews include the potency of each oil in case you’re not math-savvy.
CBD Products For Horses
As horse professionals, we get horses. Our paste, pellets, and powder are easy to administer and are made from the highest quality ingredients. Whether you are looking for a way to calm your nervous horse or relieve stiff joints, CBD therapy may help, and the VetCS team is here to answer any questions along the way. We are also the only CBD company taking part in university-level research in equines.
Equine Veterinarian Owned
Backed By University Research
Easy To Administer And Palatable
Dosing & Product Information
VetCS Powder and Pellets
Dosing & Product Information
VetCS Horse Paste
FAQ’s about giving horses CBD products:
What is the easiest way to give horses CBD products?
Our horse CBD hemp extract paste is the first horse-friendly product on the market. We found it challenging to keep CBD oil in the horse’s mouth long enough for absorption to take place in our initial trials. VetCS CBD horse paste is the most effective when given before meals (no food in the mouth) and is intended to stay in the horse’s oral cavity to be absorbed. Giving our paste to horses is just like any other paste medication-it is a dial a dose syringe for easy administration. Our CBD pellets and powderscan be mixed with grain, making it an easy addition to your horse’s daily routine.
How do I choose the right CBD product for my horse?
We offer free phone consultations from our veterinary team, and we would love to assist you with a product selection. Please contact us for a consultation.
VetCS CBD Horse Paste is a full spectrum product for acute or chronic, more advanced, or painful conditions. The paste allows us to utilize higher dosing ranges for loading dose periods while still being able to only use ¼ tube for the daily maintenance 125mg dosing range.
VetCS CBD Horse Powder is a cost-effective addition to daily grain that works very well for mild-moderate arthritis and mobility issues, generalized daily anxiety, immune support, and overall wellness.
VetCS CBD Horse Pellets offer joint and soft tissue support ingredients alongside 125mg CBD in each packet. This robust profile is great for horses needing protection for their joints, tendons, and ligaments.
Is CBD safe to give my horse during shows?
While CBD and hemp extracts are nutraceuticals and completely natural, most horse show organizations (USEF, FEI, etc.), have added ALL cannabinoids (CBD, THC, etc.) to their list of restricted supplements. If you normally use hemp-based products, we recommend a withdrawal time of 7 before any recognized competition based on our in-house pharmacokinetics testing.