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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

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

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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Mugwort

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Mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris)

This nervine herb is mildly sedative and helps to improve sleep patterns. It’s particularly helpful for cases who’ve lost their appetite and are struggling from depression. It’s also a bitters herb that supports the liver and digestion. Caution: Avoid use in pregnant animals.

Yarrow

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Yarrow  (Achillea millefolium)

I had to include this herb in the Materia Medica chiefly because of its powerful ability to staunch bleeding.  Soldiers as far back as Roman times used it on the battlefield, which is why the herb earned the common names “Soldiers Woundwort” and “Knight’s Milfoil”.  Make a strong tea (3 tablespoons dried herb steeped in 1 cup of warm water), and use on the affected area when it has cooled sufficiently. It’s a good idea to keep a bottle of Yarrow tincture on hand for emergencies, using the tincture directly on a wound for it’s styptic properties, although be warned, it will burn! Most horses have a much higher pain threshold than humans and won’t kick out when applied, but some might. If you’re concerned the horse might react, rather add the tincture to equal proportions of hot (but not boiling water), leave for 1 minute for the alcohol to evaporate, and then add an equal amount of cool water and then it’s ready to apply.

Yarrow is also excellent for stimulating the appetite, especially if the horse is recovering from an illness. Yarrow is also extremely good for horses that suffer from epistaxis.

Dose: 25g dried herb daily.

Turmeric

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Turmeric (Curcuma longa)

A rich source of curcumin and other powerful antioxidants, this golden root is highly anti-inflammatory and full of tissue protective anti-oxidants. Only the root of this plant is used, and different sub species of Turmeric contain varying curcumin percentages. We select the highest percentage curcumin content from our importer’s as possible, and preferably certified organic.

This is a versatile and helpful herb for many health issues. It’s one of the best herbs to supplement for any chronic pain issue, not least of all arthritis. It’s an essential herb in our Flex-Ease joint support blend, combined with synergistic herbs.

This herb also has a strong affinity with the circulatory system and strengthens liver function, which makes it a useful herb to include for digestive support. Turmeric root is also traditionally regarded as an anti-tumour agent.

Curcumin’s anti-inflammatory effectiveness is enhanced by the addition of 2-3% finely ground black pepper (Piper nigrum), and made into a paste with oil. This paste is called Golden paste, and was developed by Dr. Doug English, a vet. For the original Golden paste recipe as well as a lot more info on Turmeric’s uses, visit his website here.

This herb has the ability to chelate excess iron out of the body, and is an extremely safe supplement to include in the diet. If your horse’s coat has been dulled because of excess iron in the diet, using a combination of Turmeric with Fenu’shine and pure Rosehips is recommended to encourage a rich dark glossy coat. For use as a chelating agent, it isn’t necesary to make Golden paste.

Dosages:

Horses:          2 scoops (35g/50ml) daily

Ponies:           1 scoop (17,5g/25ml) daily

Dogs:

Small: 2.5g /2.5ml daily

Medium: 2.5g /2.5ml daily

Large: 7.5g/7.5ml daily

Giant: 10g/10ml daily

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Milk Thistle Seed

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Milk thistle seed (Silybum marianum)

Milk thistle seed is THE liver herb!!  Not only does it help to detox the liver, but it also helps to regenerate liver damage if fed continuously for at least 6 – 8 weeks, but supplementing it for a 12 week period is the ideal. The active component of milk thistle is silymarin, which is only contained inside the very hard, indigestible seeds, so the ground/powdered form of the milk thistle seed is most effective for liver treatment.  It’s best to feed in combination with dandelion, which helps to flush the toxins out of the kidneys which the Milk Thistle seed releases from the liver.

Dose: 10 – 15g ground seed daily

Meadowsweet

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Meadowsweet (Filipendula ulmaria)

Meadowsweet is also anti-inflammatory, being a natural source of aspirin, but in contrast to the drug extract it has the fantastic advantage of not irritating the gastric lining.  In fact, it is so healing on the gastric system that it is a specific for gastric ulcers. Meadowsweet it THE “herbal aspirin”, only so much better, as it is also a natural antacid and promotes healing of the intestinal tract.

Dose: 20-30 g dried herb daily

Devil’s Claw

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Devil’s claw (Harpogophytum procumbens)

Devil’s claw is a low-growing plant that is native to Southern Africa. The root is used medicinally as a powerful natural anti-inflammatory and analgesic, and its effectiveness has been found to be comparable with that of cortisone and phenylbutazone, but without the unpleasant side effects!  It is also an appetite stimulant. Very effective for easing muscle stiffness after heavy exercise. Combines well with MSM and Glucosamine for relieving arthritis.

Dose: 15g of dried root daily.

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Chamomile

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Chamomile (German) (Matricaria recutita)

Chamomile is a very good nervine for horses that process their nervousness through their digestive system, which generally also makes it useful for treating horses with gastric ulcers caused by stress. A “Chamomile” horse typically “gets the runs” at competition or when trucking (or any other stressful time when the horse senses it is going into an unknown situation e.g. hacking in a new area).  It is a useful for all “types” of tense horses though, as it is a mild sedative. Chamomile is also a useful anti-inflammatory, analgesic and anti-spasmodic.

Dose: 15-20g dried flowers daily.

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