Horse ointment

What's this?

The so-called horse ointment was introduced in 1984 by the German pharmacist Dr. Ulf Jacoby developed. Originally, the ointment was supposed to be used in racehorses, as it is easy to derive from the name, and to care for stressed tendons, fascia and muscles of the horses and to promote rapid regeneration. Since then, the ointment has made an amazing development not only in horses. It serves as a home remedy for a wide variety of complaints and can be found in almost every household.

There are different providers and compositions of the ointment, whereby the basic ingredients always remain the same. They are always extracts from certain plants. So are extracts from arnica, rosemary, Fighter and menthol contained in the horse ointment. These extracts should have a number of different effects on the skin and thus help with ailments of all kinds. There is currently no scientific evidence that the horse ointment actually helps with the ailments for which it is used on a large scale. However, the effect of the individual components has been partially researched and is effective. As a rule, a treating doctor can clarify whether the use of horse ointment can help with individual complaints.

application areas

Due to insufficient study results are so far no conclusive results about the effectiveness of the different horse ointments available from the various providers. The areas of application for which the ointments are used are based on experience and theoretical scientific considerations. In general, the areas of application for the horse ointment are derived from the effects of the plant extracts it contains. The ointment has one, depending on the percentage composition of the components warming and circulation-promoting as well as a pain reliever and cooling Effect. The ointment can always be applied when the structures can benefit from one of these effects.
These effects come into play especially with complaints that affect the musculoskeletal system, which is why the ointment is also typically used muscle- and Joint discomfort is used.
Joint pain or Muscle aches can be alleviated by the horse ointment as well as discomforts Back pain. Even with different Bruises or at aching after great exertion, horse ointment can help reduce pain. Some also use the ointment for Bruising.
The use of horse ointment as a therapeutic agent is particularly recommended when there are no fundamental and serious clinical pictures that lead to these complaints. Whether the application of the ointment leads to the desired success of the treatment in an individual case should be clarified by a treating doctor after a detailed discussion of the symptoms and a physical examination.
The ointment can easily be applied externally to the area to be treated.

Effect / warming effect

The plant extracts contained in the horse ointment have different effects on the skin. Depending on the composition of the individually applied ointment, different components can predominate and the ointments from the different providers differ from one another. The ointment is intended to be both a warming and circulation-promoting effect as well as one pain reliever, anti-inflammatory and cooling effect bring about.
For the increased blood circulation and thus for the warming effect rosemary and Fighter to be responsible. On the other hand, that contained in the ointment has a cooling effect menthol.
Dem Arnica extract is said to have an anti-pain and anti-inflammatory effect. Overall, the horse ointment has no scientifically proven effect and no studies can be used as proof of the effect. However, the effect of individual components of the ointment can be derived from other studies. Whether the effect of the horse ointment can provide a remedy for the individual clinical picture should be clarified by a treating doctor, especially in the case of long-standing symptoms.


The ingredients that can be found in the different horse ointments available on the market are always the same. So are extracts from Fighter and rosemary as well as from arnica and menthol found in the ointments. Depending on the composition, the consistency of the ointment and its effect vary minimally. Since the different ingredients are responsible for different effects, the effect of the ointment can be changed somewhat by varying the percentage distribution of the different ingredients. Information about which ointment can achieve the desired effect can usually be clarified by the pharmacist on request.

Side effects

As with almost all drugs and treatment methods, side effects are possible with the use of horse ointment. However, the number of side effects when using the horse ointment is limited. When used correctly, the components of the ointment are usually harmless and do not lead to side effects even if used frequently. However, care should be taken that none allergy compared to the components in the ointment, as otherwise skin reactions or systemic allergic reactions may occur. On mucous membranes and open wounds the ointment should also be used due to irritant effects not be applied. In the case of wounds in particular, infections can also be undesirable Wound healing disorders come.
It should also be ensured that serious illnesses should not be treated with horse ointment in self-therapy without medical clarification and that a quick diagnosis is always recommended instead.


There are different providers who offer the horse ointment under this or another name.The products usually differ only minimally in their composition. In addition to the different quantities and the percentage distribution of the individual ingredients, the products also differ in price. For this reason, it is important to compare the different products both in terms of ingredients and price per milliliter and to use this information to select the right provider.
Since the different percentage distribution of the ingredients can also have an impact on the therapeutic effect, ointments from different suppliers can be useful for different purposes. So different components of the ointment have both one cooling as well as one warming Effect. Depending on which component of the ointment predominates, it can be useful for different purposes.