by Petra of the Realm of Soul Meadows

Accidents, healing and proud flesh

Petra Webstein - Founder of Dancing with my Horses

In every horse owners life there is the day when you have to deal with wounds. Horses are really prone to proud flesh. I experienced that myself many times over and have used different ways to control the developing of proud flesh including using copper sulphate.

However the one I loved best, was easiest to use and was not a health hazard to your horse (if they would lick and scratch on wounds which have copper sulphate on them) is the turmeric paste.

I made up a batch, put it in a glass jar with a lid and have a small paint brush ready to smear the paste over and into the wound. You will find that in colder days the paste will be a little more solid because of the coconut oil used in there but it will disolve really quickly once you have put it onto the wound.

I applied it at least twice a day.

Recipe to create your own ointment


– 6 tablespoons of Turmeric (good quality)

– 1/2 teaspoon of grinded black pepper

– around 1/2 litre of water

– 4 tablespoons of virgin coconut oil


Put the Turmeric and the water into a pan and slowly heat it up, stay with it as you need to watch it. The water is absorbed quite quickly and it turns into a thick paste. Turn off the heat and add the pepper and coconut oil and stir until you have a consistent paste.

Fill it into your glass jar and close it with a lid. Here it is, your ointment that will help you with many problems not just proud flesh in a great way that even when the animal licks it, does more good than harm for them.