Traditional cures for Horse Ailments, Dandelion Roots and Rotten Seaweed from Durrus District, West Cork.

Courtesy David Shannon.

Up to the 1960 the horse did most of the farm work and was also the method of transport. His health was vital to the family welfare.  Before Vets and medicines the old people had various remedies.  For skin complaints a deep roots of dandelions were dug up and boiled, the liquid strained and after cooling added to the horse feed.   For some skin complaints such as ulceration rotten seaweed was applied presumably the iodine element would be of use.