I first heard of The Herbal Horse on Instagram, but to be honest I didn’t pay them much mind at first. With all of the “natural” junk that’s out there these days that never works I have a big healthy dose of skepticism aimed at most of it. When Beka at The Owls Approve posted about some of their products it piqued my interest again but I still didn’t bite. Finally THH offered to make up some small samples of a few things for me to try and I decided to bite the bullet.
I got the Heal Quick, the Saddle Butter, and some Fungus Among Us salve. I’ll be reviewing them one at time as I use them and come to solid conclusions on how I feel about each product. First up – the Fungus Among Us.
Henry has had these two funky little spots behind his ears since last summer, one on each side. I’ve tried fungus shampoo, fungus spray, you name it. Nothing has really made much difference in the scaly flaky spots. To be honest, I really did not expect this to work either.
THH’s etsy listing lists the ingredients of Fungus Among Us as: essential oils, organic EVOO, organic beeswax, organic coconut oil, Vitamin E oil. The scent of it is really nice… earthy but not super pungent. I wasn’t very good at following the directions, which say to apply it once or twice a day to the affected area. I applied it once then went to Belgium, applied it again one time 10 days later, then forgot about it for a couple days, applied it once a day for two days in a row, skipped another couple days, then applied it again. So that’s five applications now and already I feel confident enough to give a verdict. I’ll be damned… this stuff is actually working.
To keep a “control group” I only used it on one side and left the other side untreated. Here’s what the untreated side looks like… this is what both sides looked like to start with. The spot is a couple inches wide and a couple inches tall with lots of flaking and crustiness all around.
Here’s what the treated side looked like after two applications
And here’s what it looks like now after just 4 applications
This is the best it’s looked since this crap first started so many months ago. Now that I’m confident it’s definitely working, I’ll start treating the other side too.
The consistency of the salve varies a little bit depending on temperature. When I first got it we were in the low 50’s and it was pretty solid. I used my fingernail to help scrape up a pea sized amount and just smeared it on. Now that we’re in the 80’s it’s easy to just get a little on my finger.
I love that The Herbal Horse is a small business (shocking to all of my readers I’m sure) and that all of their products are organic and natural. Of course, I love even more that it actually does what it says it’ll do. I almost can’t wait for Cannon Funk Season so I can try it out on that awful stuff! If you’ve got a horse prone to fungal or bacterial skin funk, I think Fungus Among Us is worth a try. The 1 oz tin is $8, the 2 oz tin is $12 and the 4oz tin (which would last you quite a while I think) is $23. Even better, you can use it on yourself or your dogs too.
Next victim, the Saddle Butter…