Beneficial Herbs and Plants for Your Horse

Learn about the different types of herbs and their beneficial properties that can provide relief and aid minor ailments in your horse.


 
"As with any herb or medication, consult with your veterinarian and check with governing horse show organizations to make sure herb/substances are not banned."

All horses can reap the rewards of beneficial herbs. Off-the-track-thoroughbreds can blossom in health by consuming certain herbs. Horses in general, but OTTBs especially suffer from ulcers, muscle soreness, weight gain issues and other physical ailments. 

 

Anise Seed (Pimpinella Anisum)
Supports the digestive and respiratory systems and increases appetite. 

Calendula (Calendula Officinalis)
Helps with skin ailments liver detoxification.



Catmint (Nepeta Grandiflora)
For ingesting it has calming properties and aids in fever reduction. As a poultice apply to sore painful muscles or surface bruises.

Celery Seed (Apium Graveolens)
Aid in digestion supports healthy urination, mobility and has calming properties.

Chamomile (Matricaria Chamomilla)
Many useful properties. Helps with colic, calming nerves and relieving minor body aches.

Chaste Tree Berry (Vitex-Agnus Castus)
Great for mares. Helps support mood and hormones.

Cinnamon (Cinnamomum Verum)
Helps horses with insulin issues and is an antioxidant.
 
Comfrey Root (Symphytum Officinale)
Helps bones, connective tissues, cartilage and aids in the healing of bruises.

Devil's Claw (Harpagophytum spp.)
Helps support joints, ligaments, tendons and increases appetite as well as aid in mobility. 

 

Echinacea (Echinacea)
Helps support the immune system.

Fenugreek (Trigonella Foenum-Graecum)
Known for aiding in It digestion and lactation in mares who are nursing.

Garlic (Allium Sativum) Helps to boost the immune system, support respiratory system, repel insects and rich in B vitamins.

Oregano (Origanum Vulgare)
Strong antibacterial properties. Can be ingested to help with parasite reduction and tumors. As a poultice, it can be used as an antimicrobial.


Peppermint (Mentha Piperita)
Best uses are for aiding in inflammation and digestion.

 
Rose Hips  (Rosa Rugosa)
A proven anti-inflammatory that is known to reduce joint pain and strengthen hooves.

Thyme (Thymus)
A  pain reliever in small doses and aides in overall wellbeing.

Valerian Root (Valeriana Officinalis)
Has calming properties for horses,  especially good for nervous types. It also helps with colic and can reduce muscle spasms.

Vervain (Verbena Hastata)
Has calming properties similar to Valerian Root and supports the nervous system. Safe for competition.


Yarrow (Achillea Millefollium)
Is a palatable sweet, cleansing herb with healing properties. It’s great as a tonic for preventing illness and helps with bleeding.

Yucca (Yucca Glauca) contains anti-inflammatory properties, aid in faster healing of ulcers and can help alleviate joint pain.

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