Important Herbal Information
Today's horse can greatly benefit from alternative therapies, especially
Herbal Therapy. Because of our living styles and the world we live in
today, our horses can not benefit from roaming hundreds and hundreds of acres
of lush pastureland full of beneficial herbs and grasses. Horses can no longer
pick and choose tasty plants at their leisure. By feeding your horse herbs, we may
hopefully be replacing a little of what he is NOT getting in his
diet. Horses do love their herbal blends, and they seem to know what they need.
To a great extent our
use of herbs has decreased over the years because of the
ease of buying medicines of all
shapes, sizes and formulations, when we need them, as we
Herbs are not a wonder cure and they will not cure all the
ailments and problems that exist. Nor will medicines, drugs
or other manufactured products. What herbs can do is assist
in allowing the body to heal more efficiently.
Herbs are gentle and effective, but they are medicine and
should be treated as such.
Patience is needed to allow nature
to work. When feeding herbal blends to your horse, please be
sure that the blends were recommended by not only a
knowledgeable herbalist, but also an equine specialist.
Herbs that may be safe for humans , can in turn, be quite
toxic to horses.
Never pick and feed any plant, to either yourself or your
horse that you cannot positively identify. There are a
of "look-a-like" weeds that have extremely toxic relatives.
Do not pick any plants from alongside heavily traveled
roads. Those poor plants are covered in auto exhaust fumes.
When planting medicinal herbs, always go by the LATIN or
Do buy a good field identification book. Do talk to a
certified equine herbalist and your veterinarian about any
changes you may see in your horse.
part of every plant is medicinal, infact, some parts may
even be toxic if ingested. The part above ground, which I
refer to as the "green leafy part" , we call "herb" . When
we refer to herb, we usually mean the entire upper part of
the plant, including the stem and leaves.
part of the plant that may be used is " root". This is the
actual root below ground. You may also see the term "bark",
and this refers to the bark of woody plants and trees.
Another part of the herb used may be its "flowers". Almost
all root and barks have to be ground up into powdered form
for a horse to eat it.
Powdered herbs/roots tend to
be more concentrated and are usually feed by the tablespoon.
The green leafy herb blends, which look a lot like course
cut tea, are fed by the handful or cupful. We at Meadowsweet
Acres like to keep the course cut herbs and the root /bark
powders separate as to achieve a better dosage ratio. You
can feed both blends together in their feed bucket. Most of
our formulas have been converted over to all powder but
there are still formulas that may do better with a cut/shift
texture. Cut/Shift textures do make excellent teas and if
you have a very picky horse, making a tea and pouring that
over their grain can be beneficial.