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Aloe Bitters

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Aloe bitters is an internal tick repellent. This bitter herb stimulates gastric acid secretion, which can help to prevent and aid healing of hindgut ulcers.

Safety Precautions:

Not recommended for animals with suspected gastric ulcers, or for pregnant animals.

Dosages:

NB:     Give a 2-3 week break in supplementation every 2-3 months.

Loading Dose (for 1-2 weeks, or until the tick burden is noticeably reduced):

Horses: 3 scoops (15g/15ml) daily
Ponies: 1 ½ scoops (7.5g/7.5ml) daily

Maintenance Dose:

Horses: 1- 2 scoops (5-10g/5 –10ml) daily
Ponies: ½ – 1 scoop (2.5-5g/2.5 – 5ml) daily

Glucosamine sulphate

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Glucosamine sulphate is traditionally used for building cartilage and maintaining joint mobility, and for helping to relieve joint pain.

It’s a natural substance made from the exoskeletons of marine crustacea.

Studies have shhown it works synergistically with herbal joint anti-inflammatories to provide even greater joint pain relief, which is why it is included in our arthritis support blends for horses (Arthro-Ease and Rosi-Flex) and Rebound Arthritis Relief for dogs.

Average Glucosamine Sulphate dosages:

Hard-working horses can be maintained on the loading dose.

Horses:
Loading dose:        10g per day for 2 weeks
Maintenance:         6g per day

Ponies:
Loading dose:        7g per day for 2 weeks
Maintenance:         4g per day

Dogs:
Small – 2.5g daily
Medium: 5g daily
Large: 7.5g daily
Giant: 10g daily

Warnings:

Glucosamine sulphate can interact with certain drugs such as Warfarin, and some chemotherapy and diabetes treatments. Please consult with your veterinarian regarding any possible drug interactions before supplementing your pet with Glucosamine sulphate.

MSM (Methyl Sulfonyl Methane)

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Honeyvale Herbs MSM is a pure pharmaceutical grade Methyl Sulfonyl Methane (MSM).

MSM is a nature identical substance, it’s found in the growing tips of plants, particularly in those close to marine environments. It was discovered by the Russians as an aid to speeding post exercise recovery, and was included in their strategy for their Olympic athletes.

MSM is mainly used for maintaining joint mobility and speeding tissue repair, which is why it was included in our joint support blends for horses (Rosi-Flex and Arthro-Ease) and dogs (Rebound).

Studies have shown it is also helpful for allergies as it moderates white blood cell production and protects against oxidative stress. MSM is ideal to use in combination with Skin Itch Relief for skin allergies, or Breathe-Ease for respiratory allergies.

It’s also had promising results in studies on animal colitis, and is believed to support mucous membranes. MSM may be safely used in combination with Ulcer-Ease ( for equine gastric ulcers) or Slippery Elm for dogs with irritable bowel disorder (IBD).

Average dosages:

Horses: 15 g daily as maintenance, and may be safely doubled during intensive exercise.

Ponies: 10 g daily as maintenance, and may be safely doubled during intensive exercise.

Dogs:
Small – 2.5g daily
Medium: 5g daily
Large: 7.5g daily
Giant: 10g daily

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Rooibos

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Part of the fynbos family, rooibos can safely be used routinely as part of a daily diet, and is safe enough even for babies. Yet because of it’s significant anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant and immune supportive properties, it has a tremendous amount of health benefits. These include:

Rooibos is rich in calcium, copper, potassium, manganese, zinc, magnesium and alpha hydroxy acid.

Dosages:

Horse:             20-30g/25-75ml daily

Pony:              10-15g/25-37.5ml daily

Dogs:

Small: 2.5g /2.5ml daily

Medium: 2.5g /2.5ml daily

Large: 7.5g/7.5ml daily

Giant: 10g/10ml daily

Thuja

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Thuja occidentalis – this potent herb is for EXTERNAL USE ONLY!!!

Traditionally used as an external treatment to remove sarcoids and warts.

Apply neat thuja tincture to sarcoids 2 – 3 x daily. Apply thoroughly, particularly around the base of the sarcoid.

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For greatest efficacy as a sarcoid treatment, we recommend using it in combination with a custom sarcoid blend used internally. Please contact us to enquire about our custom sarcoid formula for internal use.

Chia Seed

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A fuss free alternative rich source of Omega 3 to linseed, with the convenience of it not needing to be freshly crushed prior to feeding in order to enhance digestibility.

Chia seeds are rich in:

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Chia seeds benefits for horses include: 

Dosages:

Horse      50 – 150g daily

Pony        25 – 90g daily

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Psyllium Husk

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Rich in soluble fibre, Psyllium husk removes sand accumulations in the gut, and regulates the passage of food in the bowel.

A 4-5 day course of psyllium husk once a month is recommended if your horse lives in a sand paddock, or for any reason your horse may be at risk of regular sand ingestion.

Dosages:

Horse:            100g/250ml daily

Pony:              60g/175ml daily

Safety Precautions:

Provide ample clean drinking water at all times!

Alternative herbs rich in soluble fibre which also assist with sand removal in the gut are Chia seed and Linseed.

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White Millet Seed

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White Millet Seed (Unhulled) has the following benefits:

Daily dosages: Horse – 1 cup       Pony – ½ cup

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For tendon and ligament healing, it’s best to use in combination with Bone & Tendon Repair and Linseed.

Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)

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Our raw, unfiltered, whole Apple Cider vinegar is proudly made in South Africa, and has the following benefits:

Our raw Apple Cider Vinegar is made from whole apples, is minimum 5% acidity, and is unpasteurised and unfiltered. It still contains the “mother” which is a natural probiotic, and as it is unpasteurised you will see the mother continuing to grow, which will increase the cloudiness and you may see stringy pieces appearing as it develops. It’s a natural process and is perfectly healthy and beneficial.

Apple Cider Vinegar is great to feed to all grain or concentrate fed horses on a daily basis, as it helps to maintain the correct body pH.  Excessive amounts of carbohydrates and proteins create an acidic pH level in the body in which diseases can thrive.

ACV has numerous overall health benefits – too many to mention here unfortunately – but is particularly well known for its ability to prevent arthritis.

It provides a wide variety of trace elements and is a good digestive aid.  It’s an appetite stimulant and is generally very well accepted when mixed into concentrate feed. In this way, it can help to tempt shy feeders. ACV also helps to balance the metabolism, so it helps to slim down overweight horses and helps thin horses to gain a more ideal weight by encouraging their appetite and supporting healthy gut flora and digestion.

Horse – 50ml daily

Pony – 30ml daily

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Liquorice Root

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Liquorice root(Glychyrrizaglabra)

A powerful expectorant and immune supportive root. It is also demulcent, this helps to make it one of the primary respiratory supportive herbs. It is anti-inflammatory, one of the very best herbs to include in a herbal cortisone blend. It’s an adrenal and liver supportive. It helps to support the endocrine system and is an essential herb to include in a supportive blend for Cushing’s Disease.

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