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.
Horse: 20-30g/25-75ml daily
Pony: 10-15g/25-37.5ml daily
Small: 2.5g /2.5ml daily
Medium: 2.5g /2.5ml daily
Large: 7.5g/7.5ml daily
Giant: 10g/10ml daily
Linseeds are a very rich source of omega 3’s, from which horses are able to manufacture Omega 6’s as they require. Omega 3’s are desperately lacking in the modern horse’s processed diet, but Omega 6’s are usually excessively available. Omega 3’s have numerous health benefits and are an extremely good general health supplement for all horses. Dry flaky skin problems or inflammatory skin conditions such as sweet-itch are proven to benefit tremendously from added linseed in the diet. It is also indicated for horses that suffer from azoturia (tying-up) as it helps to prevent lactic acid build-up and promotes a smoother muscle action. It’s also recommended to feed internally to horses with ligament injuries, for this purpose its best if combined in equal proportions with white millet seed.
Contrary to popular belief, raw whole linseeds ARE safe for horses provided they are good quality (should smell nutty and look shiny and hard, if they smell fishy or are dusty and dull then discard them immediately). The tough outer shell is almost indigestible, so they are best utilized if freshly milled prior to feeding. Soaking them is not recommended as it creates a toxin. For fattening purposes linseed can be cooked for 2 –3 hours until a glutinous gel appears, but as Omega 3’s are very heat sensitive, they will be destroyed. NB!!!: Raw linseed oil is EXTREMELY toxic for horses – do not feed under any circumstances! Cold pressed flaxseed oil that is kept refrigerated is safe, and can be used as an alternative for the freshly milled seeds (daily dosage for a horse is 15-20ml daily)
Dose: ½ – 1 cup freshly milled seeds daily
Rosehips (Rosa canina)
Rosehips are a rich natural source of Vitamin C, copper and many other nutrients, all of which help to encourage strong and healthy hoof and coat growth.
They’re very anti-oxidant, highly beneficial for preventing injury and healing joint issues, and strengthen tissue bonds.
Rosehips are also anti-scouring, if fed at recommended dosages.
They’re highly safe to feed to all horses on a permanent basis, including broodmares.
Dose: 15-20g dried rosehip shell daily.
Echinacea (Echinacea purpurea, E. angustifolia, E. pallida)
Echinacea is a truly wonderful immune stimulant herb, however dosage must be regulated in order to fully gain its efficacy. It should never be used constantly; it is much more effective if administered in cycles of two weeks on and one week off. Also, it is much more effective if the different varieties and parts (roots and aerial herb) are all blended together. Echinacea can be used prophylatically to help protect yards from viral outbreaks, or for treating chronic viral and bacterial infections. It is good also for treating all types of allergic skin complaints.
Dose: 10-20g dried herb daily.
Burdock Root (Arctium lappa)
Burdock root is another blood cleansing herb that supports the liver. It is also a highly effective herb for treating all types of skin problems e.g. eczema, rashes and dry flaky skin. It has anti-tumour properties, so it’s useful for inclusion in blends for all types of skin growths, including sarcoids.
Dose: 10g dried root daily.