Too often today, horse owners use mass-produced synthetic products to care for their animals. The use of these products has created numerous health hazards for horses. Horses are now more prone to conditions indicative of poisoning. As a horse owner, you should, whenever possible, want to use products that are 100% natural and safe for horse consumption.
Horses have adapted over the many centuries to self medicate using the herbs and plants they could forage in their natural environment. As owners we can make use of this instinct to help our horses by supplementing beneficial plants into their feed, or even better, by encouraging these plants to grow wild in your pasture. Below, you’ll find four natural herbs that I recommend.
The problem with commercial products is that owners can never be confident in what they’re receiving. If a product is contaminated, a horse could become sick within a matter of hours, much to the surprise of an unsuspecting owner. Using natural products for your horses is an excellent way to ensure your horse’s safety and health. The following four herbs are an excellent starting point for those looking to switch to natural products.
If you have dandelions running rampant in your horse pasture, let them be! Your horses will likely graze on the dandelions, especially if they are not feeling well. Dandelions are an excellent source of potassium for horses. Dandelions can also help cleanse a horse’s system, acting as a natural diuretic that cleanses the liver.
Many owners find that dandelion is also useful for easing chronic pain and inflammation in horses. The plant could help reduce the pain associated with laminitis. It could also help minimize low-grade inflammation caused by arthritis.
Garlic is another excellent herb that you can use for your horse, especially if you notice that flies are a problem in your barn. Garlic has natural antiparasitic and antibacterial properties. Instead of using artificial sprays to get rid of flies, consider adding garlic to your horse’s diet. Your horse will begin sweating the garlic through its skin, which helps ward off flies. Additionally, owners find that garlic is a safe alternative to help ward off:
Garlic could also be useful as a digestive aid. However, you should know that too much garlic is not a good thing for horses. Assuming a half-pound of garlic every day for three months could cause your horse to develop Heinz body anemia. Be sure that you feed garlic to your horses sparingly.
Peppermint is another natural herb that could help your horse ease its digestive issues. Adding fresh peppermint to your horse’s next meal could help relieve the symptoms of an upset stomach, primarily by relaxing the muscles in the digestive tract. Peppermint is also useful when applied to irritated, but not broken, skin, and makes an excellent pest-repellent!
Red raspberry is one of the best all-around herbs to feed your horse. Not only does the herb have natural anti-inflammatory properties, but it also serves as an excellent source of magnesium, which can help keep your horse calm.
Adding raspberry to your horse’s diet is easy, as you can put a half-cup of dried leaves to their mash. We bet your horses will love the taste as well!
I created Equi-Spa because I believe horses deserve the best care possible and we seek to provide products and information that allows owners to do so. Thanks to my background in aromatherapy, I believe in harnessing the power of natural products. When using natural products, you’ll likely find that your horse’s instinct to balance its regulatory system becomes stronger than ever.
If you want to learn learn about more plants and herbs you can use to supplement your horse’s health, I have written a free Ebook which you can download.