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Tip of the Day – Pig Oil

I am a massive fan of Pig Oil for the winter. I liberally coat my horses legs in it every couple of days using a sponge and their legs are equimins-mud-slide-lotion-usually half as filthy as they would be without anything at all.

I also put it in the bottom of my horses tail again for the same reason. When it does come to needing to wash off, the pig oil makes life easier without the endless need to scrub.

I hate winter and I hate mud, but Pig Oil helps in keeping my sanity.

BUT….. Make sure you allergy test. None of mine have ever had a reaction but I have heard of some horses that have, so better to be safe than sorry.

Equimins does an excellent version called Mud Slide which includes sulphur which acts as an antibacterial agent.


About the author


An amateur rider who produces all her own horses. I have competed at novice level and sadly never got further due to bad luck with horses but I am still ambitious to achieve a lot more. I have a riding qualification in UKCC2 and a diploma in NLP. Sports science and particularly the mental game fascinates me. For a day job I work for a large multinational brand.


  • Caution!
    I used Pig Oil after reading an article on how it can prevent mud fever and it burned my horses legs! The legs were white and were made really sore and weepy. They took months to heal.
    I had seen the article in a horse magazine which was inundated for weeks after by other unhappy horse owners who had also had bad experiences. I would suggest a proper patch test before liberally coating!!

  • Yes I am in the “do not recommend” camp. Put this on my skewbald’s legs to help prevent mud fever and his legs were all swollen and sore and I had to withdraw from last few events of season. An expensive mistake! Baby Oil does same thing but not as corrosive.