Equine Herbal Medicine

Equine Herbal Medicine

(Herbs for Horses, Ponies, Donkeys & Mules)

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Refer to: Care & Administration of Herbal Medicines (.pdf file)

Among all our domestic species, it is possibly true that horses and ponies are the ideal species in which to use herbs and herbal medicine. They are archetypal herbivores, relying upon herbage for all their nutritional, physiological and biochemical needs. They also appear to have the capability to self-medicate with naturally-available herbs (zoopharmacognosy). Not every herbal vet will acknowledge this phenomenon.

Horses generally accept herbal medicines very readily and may even lick them from a suitable receptacle. Failing that, more appetising and tasty herbs can be added to the mixture (e.g. garlic, mint, peppermint). We do not advocate adding sugar as a tempter, although local honey may be appropriate in some cases. If a horse is being fed in addition to grazing or hay, it is common practice simply to add herbal medicines to the daily ration.

There is a vast number of attractively packaged unlicensed commercial and proprietary products and mixtures of herbs available, on the market, each vying for your money. It is not a foregone conclusion that these supplements will be suitable for your horse (or pony or donkey), safe, beneficial, of good quality or even necessary. They may even conflict with intercurrent medication, whether conventional or alternative medicine. Most of this bewildering array of herbal products is vigorously marketed for commercial reasons and some may not even be marketed within current medicines regulations and legislation. They are most certainly not usually marketed within a holistic and integrated program. Caveat emptor – buyer beware.

In case it is helpful to clients, we do formulate off-the-shelf herb mixtures, for general nutritional support, for arthritis, for laminitis, for respiratory problems, for hoof health and for other problems. Enquire at the office, if interested: 01367 710324.

It is important to consult an experienced herb vet, in order to avoid potentially dangerous incompatibility with conventional medication, dangers in pregnancy and lactation and dosing or species anomalies.

Herbal vet in practice: A sample of the horse diseases and conditions that we are called upon to treat with herbal medicine are (in alphabetical order):

 

  • Allergy
  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Azoturia
  • Behavioural Problems
  • Broken Wind
  • Colic
  • COPD
  • Cough
  • Crib Biting
  • Cushings Disease
  • Cushings Syndrome
  • Dermatophilus
  • Diarrhoea
  • DJD
  • Equine Dysautonomia
  • Gastric Ulcer
  • Grass Sickness
  • Greasy Heel
  • Headshaking (Headshaker / Head shaking / Head shaker)
  • Heaves
  • Hives
  • Hoof Quality
  • Hormonal Problems
  • Infertility
  • Itch
  • Joint
  • Joint Ill
  • Laminitis
  • Ligament
  • Liver Disease
  • Lymphangitis
  • Mareishness
  • Moonblindness
  • Mud Fever
  • Myoglobinuria
  • Myositis
  • Navicular
  • OCD
  • Pedal Ostitis
  • Periodic Ophthalmia
  • Periodic Uveitis
  • Photosensitisation
  • Rain Scald
  • Recurrent Ophthalmia
  • Recurrent Uveitis
  • Ringbone
  • Setfast
  • Sidebone
  • Sinusitis
  • Spavin
  • Stomach Ulcer
  • Sunburn
  • Suspensory
  • Sweet Itch
  • Tendon
  • Tying Up
  • Urticaria
  • Uveitis
  • White Line Separation
  • Wind Sucking
  • Wounds

The herbal vet treatment may also include other therapies, in an integrated program (e.g. veterinary homeopathy and/or veterinary acupuncture along with natural feeding).

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