Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Diet and Supplements - horses for courses!

For centuries, horses thrived on natural supplements such as herbs and minerals then, almost 200 years ago, an 'equine tonic' was launched, starting a whole new industry.

Healthy horses with a good diet and exercise regime may not require specific attention but if you know your horse, you will know when it's under par. Some natural herbal remedies may give a boost when needed. Here are a few natural supplements that are commonly found:

  • Nettles are rich in vitamin C, iron, sodium, protein and fibre. They may be helpful to horses with poor circulation, arthritis or rheumatism.
  • Mint aids digestion, it's menthol is a useful anti-bacterium and anti-parasitic.
  • Meadowsweet is an antacid that can relieve acid indigestion and treat diarrhoea. It is also an anti-inflammatory and pain-killer - an equine paracetamol equivalent.
  • Garlic is good for the respiratory system and can reduce blood pressure. It is also useful for pain relief, has anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties - and helps to repel flies!
  • Seaweed is an excellent source of multi-vitamins.

As always, moderation is key. Seek expert advice before changing your horse's routine.

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1 comment:

  1. Shampoo your horse with cleanround to treat ringworm, sweetitch and strangles; for further protection use cleanround rug wash and yard wash too. Scientifically proven!