But… Winter is never easy for animals in general, especially horses
It doesn’t matter if your horse is a senior, yearling, pleasure or a performance horse… They all can use some extra help to build energy and overcome any nutritional imbalances after any winter season. So what’s the best spring cleaning for your horses body?
A Spring Tonic
They’re called spring tonic herbs and they’re plants that help revive your horse’s body, especially after a long sedentary winter of less than optimal eating.
These herbs are among the first to arrive on the spring scene, and they’re very helpful in cleansing the body of toxins and shedding excess water.
In a normal horses “spring fling”, tonic herbs
are usually the very first thing they’re searching for
(it’s like the best horse supplements direct to your horses body)
- Herbs nourish the body and contain key vitamins, minerals
(and can be a versatile and healthy addition to your horse’s diet)
- They promote health and healthy aging
- Tonic herbs are defined as “herbs that promote a long, healthy, vibrant, happy life, without side effects.”
- They’re generally consumed as a supplement to a well balanced healthy diet
(for the purpose of completing our nutritional needs and enhancing our nutritional profile)
- Some of these herbs for horses act primarily to provide nutrients, vitamins, minerals and sugars
- The most valuable are:
- oat straw
- dandelion leaf
In addition to providing some of these nutrients, they act to balance and stimulate the energy of the organs, improving their ability to assimilate and utilize nutrients. It’s also one of the best natural horse vitamin and mineral supplements.
Think of it as spring cleaning for your horse’s body
4 Types Of Spring Tonic Herbs
(Also used in natures process)
They cleanse the body of toxins and shedding excess water
As the master detoxifier, blood purifier and root of stability for all other systems it is largely responsible for the condition of everyone’s bloodstream. When we nourish it and keep it healthy the entire body feels the results.
Burdock – Used for centuries as a “blood purifier” to clear the bloodstream of toxins, burdock is a diuretic – helping your horses body to shed excess water.
It has relatively strong antioxidant activity, and even has prebiotic properties that support the good bacteria in their digestive system. Used topically, burdock is excellent for easing skin problems.
Dandelion root – The root can be used to eliminate toxins, treat liver congestion, increase bile production, and help weak digestion.
The entire dandelion plant is edible, and higher in vitamins and minerals (especially Vitamin A) than most foods.
Calendula – is an excellent herb for the lymphatic and urinary systems. It reduces inflammation and being rich in sulfur has excellent blood cleansing and anti-fungal actions.
It is also used to treat skin conditions and gastric complaints.
Cleavers – used to support and tone the lymphatic system. It is good for soft swelling and fluid retention; being mildly diuretic it is particularly good for windgalls or filled legs.
It is rich in silica and such will help strengthen coat and hair.
Licorice – is a deliciously sweet and unctuous tonic that is known as a “harmonizing” or “supporting herb”. This is due to its effectiveness at enhancing the main properties of other herbs.
Stimulating herbs increase energy of the body and warm the body
Siberian ginseng – It is famous for its energy restoring and strength building properties as the ultimate “chi tonic”. Stimulates the body, but is nourishing to both the endocrine and central nervous system.
Cinnamon – is valued throughout history for its flavor and sweet, aromatic scent. This incredible bark is one of the best herbal stimulants and is a great addition.
Dandelion root – It has great hepatic action, being used to stimulate the liver and increase production of bile.
Adaptogen herbs help the body to “adapt” to stress, fatigue, anxiety and traumas from the external environmental influences or internal imbalance.
They can naturally stimulant the metabolic systems of the body by deeply nourishing and building long term energy.
Ashwagandha – is a rejuvenating tonic and “energizer” for the entire body. The root is highly prized for its nourishing effects on the nervous system and brain cell function, helping to relieve physical fatigue, nervous exhaustion, anxiety as well as depression.
It also promotes longevity (perfect for your senior horse).
Siberian ginseng – help the body to “adapt” to stress, fatigue, anxiety and traumas from the external environmental influences and/or internal imbalance.
It cleans the blood and supports and strengthens adrenal health. Gotu kola is regarded as one of the most rejuvenating plants.
Nutritive herbs provide nutrients, vitamins minerals and sugars.
It is especially high in Vitamin K, which is needed in the uptake of calcium. It is high in Vitamin C, E, A and iron and is known to sooth and strengthen the body.
Dandelion leaf – The entire dandelion plant is edible, and higher in vitamins (A, B, C, D) and minerals (potassium, magnesium, calcium) than most foods.
Nettle – is a rich source of iron, calcium, folic acid, and Vitamin K, this spring tonic is loaded with nutrition and strengthens many body systems including the kidneys and adrenals.
It can be used as a treatment for arthritis, anemia, skin problems, urinary infections, allergy symptoms, and even as a mane and tail rinse to make hair glossier.
Oat straw – is used as a nerve tonic to calm and relax the body. It is an excellent nutritive herbal containing active alkaloids including trigonelline, avenine, silica, calcium and gramine, plus B vitamins.
Red clover – is great for the skin because of its cleansing and tonic effects. It grows wild all over the world and has been used as a food and fuel for domestic animals because it is so nutrient dense. It is known to break up stagnation’s in the body
Raspberry leaves – It is great nutritive herb that is especially high in easily digested chelated iron, as well as other vitamins and minerals.
Rosehips – are a rich source of vitamin C as well as vitamin A, thiamine, niacin, riboflavin, vitamin K and volatile oil. The high vitamin C levels will help the horse fight off infection and restore natural defenses.
Kelp – contains 20 times more vitamins and minerals that land vegetables. Kelp is very high in iron, calcium, magnesium, manganese, selenium, bromine, vanadium and sodium.
Vitamins found in larger amounts include folate, beta-carotene, riboflavin, Vitamin K, pantothenic acid, Vitamin C, niacin and choline.
They are also significant sources of dietary fiber as well as protein and small amounts of omega-3 fatty acids.
Flax – is high in most vitamin E, B vitamins, magnesium, manganese, potassium, calcium, iron, zinc, selenium and omega essential fatty acids, lignans and fiber.
Omega-3 essential fatty acids are “good” fats that have been shown to have heart-healthy effects. It is high in phytochemicals including many antioxidants.
Flaxseed Meal is high in dietary fiber containing both the soluble and insoluble types. It’s also a powerful natural cholesterol controller.
Chia – benefit the body by hydrating, soothing and sweeping the digestive tract. They encourage healthy bowel movements, reduce inflammation.
Chia seeds are known as an “endurance food” and were once consumed by native tribes to sustain them on long journeys. They are high in protein and omega 3’s.
Marshmallow – contains many important nutrients, including amino acids, selenium and several kinds of vitamins. It is soothing to gastrointestinal tissues as well as well as the bronchi.
Slippery elm – contains zinc, calcium, iron and magnesium. It is particularly effective for soothing irritated mucus membranes throughout your digestive system.
Slippery elm is also beneficial for treating gastric ulcers, inflammatory conditions of the intestines and diarrhea.
Summary: All natural supplements are the best type of nutrition for your horse. The ingredients are full of vitamins and minerals like calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, vitamin, a, c, e, even b12.
The right ingredients, in the right amounts at the right time can even help your horse with calming and joint issues.
We offer life stage supplements for a variety of different types of horses.