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Five of the Best Herbal Supplements for Horses

3rd August 2023, Christoph Klinger

Five of the Best Herbal Supplements for Horses

Want the best for your beloved horse? Of course you do! There are so many different products on the market today aimed at improving your horse’s health and wellbeing, many of which you’ve no doubt tried. But sometimes, the best ‘products’ are in fact age-old natural remedies.

Herbal supplements have been popular in the horse community for centuries, and they remain so to this day. If you’re looking to trade man-made remedies for all-natural ingredients, here are five of the most widely used options.

Dried nettle

You wouldn’t think it, but the humble stinging nettle has a whole host of different benefits to offer your horse. Because it contains iron, potassium, vitamin C and calcium (amongst other ingredients), dried nettle can help address symptoms of arthritis, rheumatism and more.

Devil’s claw root

Available in cut and powdered form, devil’s claw is another go-to equine supplement. Much like stinging nettles, devil’s claw is often used to treat muscle and joint conditions. Its anti-inflammatory properties help to ease pain and discomfort, allowing your horse to live life to the fullest once more.

Echinacea

Used as a painkiller, an anti-inflammatory supplement and to ward off bacteria and viruses, the echinacea plant is a versatile herb whose roots, stems and leaves all offer health benefits. Especially noteworthy is echinacea’s ability to fight infections, making it a great preventative supplement to keep your horse healthy.

Garlic

Garlic is undoubtedly one of the most popular equine supplements due to its widespread availability and raft of potential health benefits. Garlic powder boasts anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, for starters, and is often used to treat respiratory conditions. As an added bonus, garlic works to repel insects like fleas, flies and mosquitoes.

Peppermint

Another widely used herb, peppermint is known for its insect repellent properties, although the benefits don’t end there. When added to an oil, peppermint extract can be used to help clear a horse’s nasal passages, allowing them to breathe freely.

 

 

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