Horses are herbivores which means they get their energy from eating plants. In their natural environment, horses graze and they readily consume various herbs. Horses will naturally eat herbs such as Thistle, Dandelion, Marshmallow, Comfrey, Red Clover and even Clay when they are available.
However, not all useful herbs grow in the pastures of domesticated horses since each require differing climates to be at their best. Therefore, many horse owners supplement herbs in the diet of a domestic horse.
Mane Event Equestrian Supplies use only the best quality herbs that are sourced individually from specific regions around the world. Our herbs are supplied from the human herbal industry and are Food Grade.
Generally speaking, herbs are used for chronic, long-standing problems and often can allow your vet to reduce the amounts of pharmaceutical drugs they use on your horse. In addition, many of our modern drugs originate from herbs, for example, aspirin comes from white willow bark but the herb does not have any of the side effects that aspirin does.
Traditional medicine uses a very linear approach; this is the problem, and this is the solution. Sometimes because of this non-holistic view, modern pharmaceuticals can weaken the body in one area while addressing the symptoms in another. Herbs are a beneficial additional form of nutrition from a source other than good quality feed to keep horses at a noticeably higher level of health.
Herbs are for long-term help with joint and muscle issues, skin problems, calming, boosting the immune system and for digestive issues such as ulcers and colic. Herbs can sometimes do things that pharmaceutical drugs cannot like balancing hormones and often herbs can have a better safety margin than traditional medicines.
Herbs can promote health without the negative side effects that synthetic vitamins can produce such as taxing the body’s elimination organs. Some herbs are also more readily consumed into the body because horses find many of these plants more palatable than traditional supplements.
Before you consider adding herbs to your horse’s diet, please have a look on our website under Horse Health to familiarize yourself with herbs and their uses. We also have a Quick Herbal Reference Guide to help you quickly and accurately target the right herb for your horse.
Herbs take time to build in the system, so do not expect immediate results. It can take from several days up to a few weeks or more to know if the herbal remedy is effective depending upon the severity of the issue being treated and the overall vitality of the animal.
More frequent dosage, for example, 2 times per day, is typically more effective than a large dose once per day. The herbs need to remain and build in the animal's system.
It is the purchaser's/owner's responsibility to keep themselves updated on prohibited substances in their respective competition industries. Some herbs may swab.