Posts Tagged ‘ Calm ’

Vervain

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Vervain (Verbena officinalis)

“Vervain” type horses are the typical Thoroughbred – fizzy, spooky, impatient type horses who often use up all their energy dancing and fidgeting around before the race/competition has even started! Your “Vervain” type horses tend to have very sensitive skins which show up as allergic reactions to insect bites, rashes and general itchiness.  It’s ideal to include in gastric ulcer blends as I have found that “Vervain” type horses seem to be typically prone to gastric ulcers and by balancing their nervous system it helps to heal and prevent gastric ulcers from reoccurring. Vervain is also an excellent liver supportive herb.

Dose: 20-30g of dried herb daily.

Brewer’s Yeast

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A very good source of the water-soluble B-vitamin group and the antioxidant mineral selenium, and it encourages healthy gut flora and efficient feed assimilation.  It’s also a good source of zinc and the blood sugar regulating mineral Chromium. Brewer’s yeast is a dead (inactive) yeast supplement, so it will not cause or aggravate any yeast infections in the body.

Dose: 20-40g daily.

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Valerian

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Valerian (Valeriana officinalis)

“Valerian” type horses are regarded as processing their stress through their muscles.  They tense up when frightened and the rider will feel it underneath the saddle and in their work, but bystanders may be completely unaware of it.  If a “Valerian” type horse becomes completely over pressurized by a situation it may well explode and end up bucking, rearing or bolting.  “Valerian” type horses often have very hard stools  — so the valerian furthermore suits them because it is a mild laxative. It is contra-indicated for any horse that has diarrhoea. Valerian is a banned substance under competition rules.

Dose: 15g dried root daily.

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Passiflora

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Passiflora (Passiflora incarnata)

Passiflora has a powerful synergistic action with the other nervines in order to help the horse let go of old nervous habits and restructure more positive neural reactions.  Highly recommended to include in any calming blend.

Dose: 15-20g dried herb daily.

Hops

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Hops (Humulus lupus)

Hops is a very good nervine for horses that tend to be distracted easily, even though they may not necessarily be very physically “hot” to ride. Your “Hops” horses battle to concentrate on their work and to retain what they learn.  I have found that Hops combines well with the other nervine herbs for all types of horses, but especially for the “fizzy” “vervain-type” Thoroughbreds.

Dose: 15g dried herb daily

Fenugreek Seed

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Fenugreek seed (Trigonella foenum-graecum)

Fenugreek seed is a rich natural source of Vitamin E (the fertility vitamin) although don’t feed it to overly flirtatious mares as it may increase oestrogen levels!  It is a wonderful appetite stimulant and weight conditioner, is also very demulcent and emollient. Being so it encourages healing and prevention of gastric ulcers, so it is ideal for horses at high risk of developing gastric ulcers e.g. are fed high grain diets and stabled in busy competitive yards.

Dose: 20-30 g seed daily.

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