EM and horses

EM and horses

EM-1 is a mixture of freely occurring naturally occurring beneficial effective microorganisms, the microorganisms are totally organic and not modified in any way. The microorganisms in EM-1 are friendly beneficial bacteria and consist of photosynthetic bacteria, lactic acid bacteria and yeasts. The use of EM products has been found to increase the natural resistance of soil, plant, water, humans & animals and EM-1 has never been known to cause harm.

EM-1 is the mother culture from which all other EM products are made. EM-1 can be expanded into EM Activated (EMA) by adding molasses and water and allowing the solution to “brew”. In the UK this process takes around a week but can take longer depending on temperature. The instructions to expand EM-1 can be found on every bottle of EM-1 and also here: https://www.em-sustainableliving.co.uk/activating-em-1-and-molasses-ema/

EMA will last for around two (2) months in the UK climate and it is best to make it in small batches using plastic containers. A 250ml bottle of EM-1 will make five (5) litres and a litre bottle will produce twenty (20) litres of EMA. Most animals prefer taking EMA. The microorganisms are awake and ready to work. EMA average dosage rates are 30ml for large animals and 5-10ml for small animals. Although some horse owners have been known to increase the dosage rate up to 120ml daily. EMA can be added to water or mixed with the animals food.

Much has been spoken about the type of water to use when making EMA. I have tried both mineral water purchased from supermarkets and also tap water and I have found little or no difference in the quality of EMA produced.

A book entitled “Healthy Horses & EM “written by Ernest Hammes has testimonials of many horse owners describing their experiences with using EM in their horse care regime. EM use in the care of horses is reported to make the animals more disease and stress resistant, to improve their general health, to improve their coat, to decrease unpleasant odour, to eliminate tics and to reduce fly nuisance. The use of EM is complementary to the appropriate care of animals.

EM applications in the stables will help to control bad odours, flies, tics, and to some extent, fungal and other diseases. In cases of sick animals in need of disinfection measures around their environment, EM can very well replace the use of biocidal applications such as disinfectants. The method of delivery is by adding EMA to water at the rate of one part EMA to ten parts water (1: 10) and spraying or watering the solution onto the area weekly.

Whenever the horses are getting a wash or a bath, EMA should be added in the last rinse of the animal, at a dilution rate of 1:100. After this EM rinse, further washing should be avoided. This helps in keeping flies and tics away and is a preventive measure minimising cross infection of disease causing pathogens.

EMA can also be used to improve pasture and is applied at the rate of forty (40) litres per hectare diluted 1: 100 with water.