How to Use Horse Liniment on Humans

Updated July 20, 2017

Horse liniment has been used for decades to relieve the minor aches and pains of equine athletes and can be used for similar purposes in humans. Most horse liniments are safe for use on humans --- though those containing the ingredient DMSO are not --- and are certainly cheaper than their made-for-people counterparts. For the best results, apply the liniment to sore muscles and joints immediately following a workout or other strenuous activity.

Apply a quarter-size amount of horse liniment to the afflicted area. If you are using a gel liniment, apply it with your hands. If you are using a liquid, pour some onto the sponge and apply it.

Massage the area gently for two to three minutes.

Wipe off any excess liniment gently with the towel.


Do not use DMSO liniment or any liniment containing any amount of DMSO on humans. Doing so may have adverse effects which may require medical attention.

Things You'll Need

  • Liniment
  • Sponge
  • Towel
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Jessica Hensley began writing professionally in 2010. She wrote an opinion column for her university newspaper, "The Collegian." Since then, her work has appeared in various online publications. She graduated from Kansas State University with a Bachelor of Arts in political science.