Essential Oils for Laminitis

Most of the time when you are dealing with laminitis you need to focus on pain management– AFTER you’ve changed your horse’s diet and adjusted their living situation to accommodate for the laminitis.

So we will focus on oils that will help manage the pain. First you can apply the Raindrop Technique, once a week. Definitely do the entire Raindrop, including legs and hooves. This will also help balance the horse’s body. Most likely they have been compensating for their feet and will be sore all over.

Then you can move onto oils that will help the hooves. You can apply these to the soles of the hoof and even around the coronet band on a daily basis. Choose one or two or layer on 3-4!

Most people will not go above and beyond for their laminitic or foundered horse, and that’s one of the reasons that laminitis is the 2nd leading cause of death.

– Stephanie Krahl

Laminitis is very frustrating for the owner. Once your horse has tipped over into laminitic stage it can be very difficult to manage. The best thing is to keep them off the green grass completely, both in the spring and the fall. Look around for low quality forage so you can offer your horse access to forage 24/7. **Low quality does not mean moldy or dusty.

Taking some time to study good wholefood, natural supplements really pays off in the long run. Many of us have been there and understand the pain and frustration of laminitis and founder. Reach out to a community for support! There are some on facebook or you can join me here.

Feel free to leave a comment below or email me with any questions you have about dealing with this.


  1. In reading our articles about essential oils for horses with foundering issues I found it very helpful. I have a older arab quarter welsh type horse who i rescued and experienced a bot of foundering near 5 yrs ago. I since have been able to manage with monitored small pasture time on low sugar times of the day. Recently he occurred another bot with unknown symptoms, except near 2.5 days of loose stool. I was not experienced enough to recognize this is also a sign the he was having more laminitis issues. six weeks later seen he has separation of white line very pad in his lamiine hoof wall. It is devastating to and costly to treat just to comfort him. I used essential oils on my dogs and myself and am going to try the oils on his hoofs now. I hope they will help and at do know they will at least give him comfort. Thank you for your article.

    1. Thank you for your comment! When my miniature horse mare foundered this spring and throughout the summer I found Ortho Sport to be the absolute BEST for helping her manage the pain. I put it on at least every day and sometimes several times a day. Sometimes I applied it to her soles and sometimes to the coronet band. Founder is so frustrating for us and painful for the horse. I feel for you both!!

    2. I am the returning horse owner with Winter Warlock3 name and wanted to comment on essential oils for my Winter laminitis horse. In reading articles on the essential oils and also utilizing them for my self. First you must get the feed ration correct with laminitis horse. Since Laminitis issues there are no correct answers for all horses each horse will respond to aiding different just has trimming a foundered horses feet. That is if the horse has not experienced extensive rotation and the only choice is to uthenize the horse for its sanity and pain it may be experiencing. What I have found or helped stabilize for separation of the hoof wall and the decreased blood flow due to cold winter laminitis is essential oils of the following; Frankincense ( which helps any medical serious issues such as cancer etc., along with Digize oil which works with the frankincense oil in hand with metobolic issues in which many aged horses experience in the process of the digesting of the food in their system. In additional Palo Santo is a good essential oil to help increase or try to help the circulation of the lamine hoof wall. Along with Idaho Balsam Fir which is a aid for medical supporting all of these ingredients, along with Juniper oil in hand with the prior oils and Copaiba oil and lastly a touch of Peppermint oil which should be used in smaller amounts due to the fact it is very powerful and may make your horse uncomfortable at first only due to the tingling feeling but is used to relief pain. I hope to have even better results as our warmer weather will arrive, it is uncertain if this is a cure at this time for satisfactory results. But at this time I am certain it has stabilized the hoof so it will not contract as much. Keep in mind monitored stall time and exercise with boots are necessary to help prevent the hoof from further damage. There are Easy Boots and Simple Cavallo hoof boots that help protect the hoof while the horse should get out in the paddock and sunlight if possible. There are extra pads sold at Valley Vet or Schnieder horse supplies on line. However I have found during the colder season I found going to a local Menards store and purchased a roll of approximate 1/8 to 1/4 foam like insulation and or pink house insulation in a 1/4 or less thickness will work even better since it is soft and is resistant to temperatures in hardening. These products will contact as the horses hoofs contract and you can also cut them to hoof boots to fit inside the boot and ad a great deal of comfort to your horse while the horse is on turnout for a few hours daily or upon your vets discression.

      1. Hi! Thank you for your comment 🙂 If you read any other posts on my blog you will find TONS of feeding and nutrition information for feeding the laminitic horse. Not just the laminitic but the native type pony and easy keeper. I am actually a nutrition fanatic!

        I also share about all the different style boots I have used for my laminitic mare. Her favorite by far are the Soft Ride boots with the gel insert for the laminitic horse. But I share about that on my blog as well 🙂

        The book I wrote with my Aunt goes into further detail about different oils to use on a foundered or laminitic horse. I share a bit here but can’t share all of it or why would people purchase the book? LOL! We talk about the different oils and how to apply them. I do appreciate you taking the time to comment! If you are interested you can go to the Popular Posts link in the menu and click on Laminitis to find even more information about laminitic horses and how I’ve been helping mine!

  2. Both my 24yr old Paso Fino (confirmed Cushing’s) and mini foundered this winter. Diet and the proper trim (and the right dose of Pergolide for the old guy) have been key to making my guys comfortable. I am still waiting on test results for the mini (ACTH.glucose, insulin, leptin). I have been choosing 3-4 essential oils a day and applying to the heel bulbs and inside of the leg, as the essential oil books for animals advise. I’ve noticed that BOTH horses get their lips going like I’ve found a heavenly place to scratch and that their eyes come close to glazing over. It is so WONDERFUL to see my horses enjoy something so much when they’ve been dealing with so much pain. Even if the oils aren’t accomplishing anything from a recovery perspective, I would still apply them just to see my horses happy during such a difficult time!!!!!

    1. I’m so sorry that you have had to go through the whole founder thing as well. It’s such a heart breaking thing. My poor mare is not doing well and though I continue to do all I can for her I don’t think she will be able to pull through. I do apply Ortho Sport daily and she enjoys that very much. I know it helps her because she can barely stand on three legs when I am doctoring her, but she will do all she can when she realizes I am applying the Ortho Sport. And she does lots of licking and chewing and yawning afterwards. I know the oils do create more blood flow which is good for my girl!

      My cousin was very sick in the hospital many years ago. Her body has an autoimmune disease so it in effect, attacks itself. My aunt is the oiling guru so she swept into hospital and started applying oils to my cousin. Within about 5 minutes the machines she was hooked up to started to alert, bells and whistles going off left and right! The nurse rushed in and asked what my aunt did and she told her she applied the oils. The nurse said she couldn’t do that because it was bring up her immune system and brought her white blood cell count up meaning that her body was again trying to fight against what it thought of as disease. They were trying to keep that part quiet and her immune system depressed. Ooops! That was a true testament to the power of the oils I think. They worked quickly and efficiently it was just not what my cousin needed at that time! So I do believe they have the power to help our bodies work towards healing. If that is in the cards for us anyway…

  3. Cont. from Winter Warlock 3 — I forgot to mention the essential oils should be placed daily or sometimes twice daily in moderation depending on how your horse reacts to the tingling feeling to the upper part of the hoof wall (Coronet Band.).

  4. Winter Warlock3 – Results have been seen along with a Beamer theraputic horse chiropractic horse type blanket in which can be purchased from dealers. The Beamer blanket is very expensive in the near amount of $5,000.00 dollars. If you get a chance to use this blanket and wand try it on your horse it generates blood flow in the horses body and works as a chiropractic type medical service without actually having needels injected into the horse. It is very comforting to the horse and is suppose to help the blood flow and detox the body. This of course is not magic but seems very comforting for most horses. Banket must be used apon advised consultant or vet.. Great opportunity to try if you know of Beamer horse blanket dealer…they also sell this type of product for humans.
    I have found that the oils are very comforting to my boy is is 28 and incurred very bad winter laminities in our 7 months of very cold winter we experinced in MN with record temps and blizzards in unusual months of mid April 2018. It was awful to see my boy suffer and hard work to boot and wrap and blanket my boy to help keep him warm and try to maintain proper feed rations in every 2 hour incruements so he could digest his feed properly. Warmer weather has finally arrived and he does not care for boots most of the time. Though he is still on monitored stall time several hours in the day but is able to absorb plenty of sunshine for his body and liver to encourage to function better with our finally long awaked spring weather at last! I dont know if I can let him go through another winter, but for now he is comfortable and seemly to enjoy his senior life with his owners devoted care! Good luck to all dedicated horse owners who struggle to care for their loved equine best friend, it is very costly and time consumming to aid them through this uncertain process of what may eventually end up into decided what is best for your friend in the end…:(

    1. Peppermint, PanAway, Grounding, Ortho Ease, these are all very nice for pain. I would also get him a comfy pair of boots that cushion his heel so he doesn’t have to be in pain all the time, if you haven’t already 🙂

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