Bentonite Clay for Horses

Casie

Hi! My name is Casie Bazay. I'm a mom, a freelance writer, and a certified equine acupressure practitioner.

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  1. Question.. I am familiar with diatomaceous earth and use it as a daily wormer plus fly control on my horses but I have never used clay. Do you think it helps at all with sand removal from the gut? I live in a very sandy area and sand colic is something we deal with. I keep a lot of forage in front of my guys but psyllium
    ( Sand Clear etc) tends to make them gassy and their manure dry which worries me. Just curious as clay sounds very beneficial!

  2. Hi Terri,
    The clay is more beneficial as a detoxing agent. Ground flax seed is excellent for sand removal. Some people feed psyllium to their horses, ( the main ingredient in Sand Clear) but ground flax has so many more additional health benefits that psyllium does not. Flax seed is an excellent source of Omega Fatty Acids (EFA’s) which provide a wonderful soft and shiny coat. Flax seed also contains lots of beneficial fiber which provides an amazing intestinal cleanse. Flax also has natural anti inflammatory properties so it aids in helping with inflammation associated conditions such as arthritis. If you are interested we offer a great product called “SandGuard” (freshly ground organic flax seed for horses) available on our website. We also have ground flax for horses as a general nutritional supplement. The only difference in the two products is SandGuard comes with feeding directions for sand removal. Ground flax seed provides all the same amazing benefits for people as well! Enter “flax seed” in the search box on our website and all of our flax seed products will appear on one page.

    • Mary says:

      I feed supplements in “milled” flaxseed. Same benefits?

      • Casie says:

        Hi Mary, while flaxseed has some great benefits, it’s not exactly the same as bentonite clay. Personally, I might feed the clay short term for detox, but flaxseed long term since they’re a good source of omega 3’s and fiber.

  3. Tori says:

    Is there any additional information regarding hooves and abscesses?
    Thanks,
    Tori

    • Casie says:

      Hi Tori, you might check out the section on barefoot–pretty sure there are a few that discuss abscesses.

  4. Teresa says:

    What is the feeding ration for the clay and how do you feed it?

    • Casie says:

      Hi Teresa, I don’t remember the exact amounts, but if you contact Chris at The Holistic Horse (www.theholistichorse.com), she can tell you. Directions come with the order too.

    • HI Teresa, Full instructions come with the product and dose varies according to health ailment. For basic detox.. 2 Tablespoons mixed with a little water added to feed daily. For digestive or GI issues (diarrhea) dose can vary from 1/2 cup to 1 1/2 cups or as needed until condition improves.

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