The information below is purely for educational purposes. Professional advice should be sought from your healthcare practitioner prior to use.
Some herbs may swab.
BLACK SUNFLOWER SEEDS
Typically used to feed horses, black oil sunflower seeds contain high levels of protein. Black oil sunflower seeds are rich in vitamin E and linoleic acid and provide a good source of fibre. Horses benefit from its high fiber content. It can also be a high source of energy and put a rich dark shine on a horse’s coat.
Brewers Yeast is natural Vitamin B complex. It contains B1, necessary for the health of the nervous and digestive systems. B2, for the eyes, lips and mouth. B3, for balance of the adrenal gland. B5, resisting disease. B6, nervous system, appetite, digestion, liver, red blood cells and resisting infection. B12, lethargy and anaemia as well as containing phosphorous also contains iron, potassium, calcium, chromium and selenium.
COD LIVER OIL
Cod Liver Oil contains Vitamins A & D and is very useful in preventing and lessening the effects of arthritis. Vitamin A is important for the nervous system, reproduction, respiration and healthy vision. Vitamin D is essential for Phosphorous and Calcium utilization in bone formation.
Celery is a good cleansing, mildly diuretic herb, useful in ridding the system of an accumulation of waste products. Other uses are to treat arthritic and rheumatic conditions. Celery can also improve the circulation of fluids and encourages a horse to drink and sweat more easily.
Dolomite is a natural form of calcium and magnesium, which are needed for healthy bone growth, the nervous system, digestion and muscle health. Horses are genetically engineered to ingest and absorb minerals in natural forms.
Flaxseed Oil (Linseed) contains Omega 3 & 6, Linoleic Acid and high concentrations of beneficial fatty acids. It is used in the prevention and treatment of arthritis and is good for the health of the immune system, digestive tract, ligaments and tendons. Flaxseed may also be helpful in removing sand from the gut and preventing it from accumulating.
FRENCH WHITE MILLET
French White Millet (must be cooked or crushed) is very high in Silica. It is most beneficial in eliminating foreign wastes from the body, facilitates the action of Calcium in the body to strengthen bones and hooves, as well as conditioning hair and skin.
Glucosamine is most beneficial for horses that have suffered cartilage breakdown of the hock, fetlock, pastern and canon bone, horses that suffer from weak tendons and ligaments, and those afflicted with arthritis and in particular osteoarthritis.
Linseed Meal (Flaxseed) contains Omega 3 & 6, Linoleic Acid and high concentrations of beneficial fatty acids. It is used in the prevention and treatment of arthritis and is good for the health of the immune system, digestive tract, ligaments and tendons. Flaxseed may also be helpful in removing sand from the gut and preventing it from accumulating.
MSM – Methylsulphonylmethane
MSM works extremely well for horses and all animals. Horses suffering from Arthritis, inflamed joints and back pain will benefit from supplementing with MSM. Other conditions such as early navicular disease, chronic muscle soreness, epephysis’s, acute laminitis, pleuritis, recurring digestive tract disorder, hoof growth problems and hair & coat condition, have shown relief after the use of MSM. Race horses have shown faster recovery when MSM has been added to their diet.
Psyllium is high in fibre and mucilage and when combined with water it swells to many times its original size, becoming quite gelatinous. For horses, psyllium husks have the ability to pick up sand and move it through the gut and are particularly valuable in the prevention and/or treatment of sand colic. Most beneficial for those horses in sandy soil areas. Diarrhoea and constipation can both be alleviated using Psyllium.
In regions around Australia where soils and pasture may be deficient in important minerals and trace elements including salt (sodium chloride), some diets may also be lacking in nutrients. Whether you ride your horse competitively for show, eventing, or just take him on a trail ride, salt can help restore balance and general health.
Seaweed is a natural way of providing most of the minerals, vitamins and trace elements that may be missing in the diet and therefore ensures horses maintain peak condition. When seaweed is added to the feed, it enables horses to extract and absorb every bit of protein and nutrition from their diet.
Shark Cartilage (Chondroitin) offers hope and promise in reducing the symptoms associated with chronic inflammation of bone, joints, connective tissues, and other conditions. The benefits are reduction of pain and enhancement of mobility, along with decreases in joint and tendon swelling, improved general mobility and performance, improvement in skin and coat condition and increased rate of hoof growth.
Soybean meal is an excellent source of protein and amino acids including Lysine. It assists the liver, appetite, digestion and nervous system. Soybean meal may be fed to all horses and is most beneficial for younger, older and breeding horses along with those recovering from a debilitating injury or illness.
STORAGE OF HERBS & SUPPLEMENTS: Herbs & supplements are best stored in individual airtight containers away from direct light. They should ideally be kept in a cool, dark place. If buying in bulk, decant what you need for a week and put in a small airtight container – keep the remainder in the sealed bag and place in an airtight tub. Some herbs may swab.