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 Post subject: Re: Herbs for Horses
PostPosted: Mon Jan 11, 2010 12:13 am 
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Wow PiePony, thanks!!

There are so many topics and sub-topics in here, I probably just didn't see the one you're talking about. :smile: I will have to check out the links you listed!


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 Post subject: Re: Herbs for Horses
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Oh yes, when you have finished a novel, when it is dark, the television is boring, when you have responded to emails and forums, AND can keep you occupied for months reading the contributed information, diaries, and all the additional links to other sites throughout the pages....Good Luck with all that xx

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 Post subject: Horse herbs
PostPosted: Thu Nov 18, 2010 12:12 pm 

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Hi everyone.

I am looking for a book about all the herbs horses
would eat in the wild with explanation of why, when and how
much.

Is there anyone who can help me on this?

Thank you a lot.

Love,

helene.

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 Post subject: Re: Herbs for Horses
PostPosted: Thu Dec 22, 2011 5:56 am 

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A few thing to remember about dried herbs is that
a) horses will react differently to specific herbs, what helps one horse and is incredibly effective, will do nothing for another horse.
b) dried herbs will take 4 weeeks (assuming you are feeding them in sufficient quantity) to have an effect - Aqueous extracts work quicker but are more expensive.
c) some herbs are toxic - so be careful what you feed
d) it can be cheaper buying the individual herbs from herbsandspices.biz - mixes can be expensive.
Herbs are great for my two. They pick their own, nettle, dandelion, comfrey and cleavers and get other things as and when. My IR pony has just finished her forst bottle of Hilton Herbs Metabolyte (see their website for ingredients) but it contains along with other things Milk Thistle for the liver. She has never looked so well with lovely dapples on her coat and her tolerance of grass has increased alot. I have also used their Freeway and Reflex in the past and as long as you are prepared to wait a couple of weeks for them to work I would recommend them. A good herbal anti inflammatory is Boswell (frankincense) which I think you can get from Metabolic Horse Supplies. It is safe to use long term as an alternative to devils claw which can be harsh on the tummy long term.

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 Post subject: Re: Herbs for Horses
PostPosted: Thu Dec 22, 2011 10:19 am 
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as far as i know there is no book special herbs for horses.
But there are many for humans. If you buy that one and take a list of toxic herbs for horses then you know what you may grow in your field. So they can choose by themselves.

If you wanna give horses some herbs you have to know exactly what you are doing. Sometimes can a combination give not the result you are looking for.

If they can choose bij them selves is better, but you need a big part of your field and take care of the plants.
that will cost a lot of time ;) Also each herb needs a different place to grow, soil, shadow and so on. So you need some background info if you wanted to buy herbs to put in in your field.


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 Post subject: Re: Herbs for Horses
PostPosted: Fri Dec 30, 2011 7:46 pm 
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i have found someting. you have to dig further but i have a list found on this site
http://www.ca.uky.edu/gluck/ServLibrary.asp
almost at the end of the page you will find poisonous plants and the horse
maybe it will help you


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 Post subject: using herbs
PostPosted: Sat May 24, 2014 4:45 am 
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I'm curious if anyone has any experience using any of these 4 herbs in horses:

[*]Milk thistle

[*]Cat's Claw

[*]Japanese Knotweed

[*]Nettle

I've done some research, and it seems they should be safe to feed. But I can't find out how much to feed, and I don't want to give too much.


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