Too often today, horse owners use commercialized products to care for their animals. The use of commercialized products has created numerous health hazards for horses. Horses are now more prone to conditions indicative of poisoning. If not treated correctly, horses could die in less than 36 hours. Owners should want to use products that are 100 percent natural and safe for horse consumption. Below, you’ll find four of the best natural herbs to improve your horse’s health.
Acute Toxin Syndromes
Unfortunately, horses are now more prone than ever to acute toxin syndromes that could result in rapid death. Possible syndromes include:
• Ionophore Toxicity
• Yew Toxicity
According to the American Association of Equine Practitioners, botulism is “caused by a potent toxin that is produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum.” It is fatal in anywhere from 80 to 100 percent of affected horses.
Ionophore is an antibiotic typically added to chicken and cattle feeds. However, it is fatal for horses. If your horse feed or other products happened to be cross-contaminated with the antibiotic, your horse could quickly become sick and die. The same goes for yew toxicity, which can occur when a horse consumes clippings of the shrub. It is very important to know where your feed and products are coming from.
The problem with commercial products is that owners can never be confident 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 herb 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.
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!
At Equi-Spa, we feel that horses deserve the best care possible. We seek to provide products and information that allows owners to do so. Thanks to our background in aromatherapy, we 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.
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