Healing Horses with Herbs
I have always been a fan of alternative medicine for myself as well as for my animals. I find all too often we treat the disease and not the symptom and that leads to further complications down the road. A good friend of mine, a Registered Equine Therapist who also practices Ayurvedic medicine has given me a list of her top 5 favorite herbs that heal.
Well known as a spice typically used in curries, turmerics healing powers continue to revolutionize the way we look at herbs. As one of natures most powerful antibiotics and antiseptics it is no wonder there is such a buzz about this “super food.” As for horses, studies have been done proving that turmeric can be used to replace phenalbutazone but without the dangerous side affects. Anti inflammatory benefits make it perfect for performing artists and athletes alike.
It is said to hold ‘the power of 7 horses,’ this herb is has shown that it enhances the immune system and provides stamina and strength. In India, ashwaganda is the most popular herb used amongst the people. Listen up all breeders: one of the most well known properties is it’s increased fertility in stallions and can also be taken by mares.
We all have that one mare, she’s tough, she’s mean, she is, well, moody. Here is your answer! Chasteberry is known for regulating female hormones (you might want to take some before you ride as well!!)
#4 Slippery Elm
It is said that every horse that has ever been on a trailer has an ulcer. Ulcer medications can be hugely expensive and often don’t show any results. Here is the perfect solution. Slippery Elm. By realigning the whole GI track not only will it help to heal the ulcer but it will also help prevent it from happening in the first place. Definitely a must for show season.
#5 Milk Thistle
Cleanse and detox. We all need a little of that. So do our horses. Any time we give our horses drugs or medication the liver is involved by filtering the blood. So every once in awhile the liver needs a detox. Milk thistle is just the thing you need if you are finding your horse to show signs of stress, dull coat & lacking energy.
All these herbs have been around since the beginning of time and still stand true to their natural healing abilities. There is always a time and a place for modern medicine. Maybe you’ve tried everything and nothing seems to work. Or maybe you’d rather try something natural first and then proceed with veterinary care? It is worth doing some investigating as more and more athletes are choosing a more natural way to perform at peak performance.