Natural Supplement Guide for Horses
A frequent question that I get is ‘How much of (insert supplement here) should I feed to my horse?’ The answer isn’t always simple and I want to make it clear that I am not a veterinarian nor an equine nutritionist. I am just someone who happens to do a lot of research and who is genuinely interested in the health of horses everywhere. I have taken several equine nutrition courses as part of my acupressure certification program, and have learned a few things about natural supplements though.
With that said, I thought I would try to help people out by making a little natural supplement guide for several common herbs and supplements fed to horses. I have fed all of these to my own horses at different times. (And I’m feeding several of them right now!) But again, if you have any concerns, please–by all means, consult your veterinarian or an equine nutritionist!
Also, please keep in mind that the guide is meant for a 1,000 pound horse and that these are maintenance doses. Depending on the specific issue your horse is dealing with, you may need therapeutic doses of certain supplements for the first few days or weeks. You will need to research the therapeutic dose on your own or consult with professional.
If you have ponies or minis, you would need to cut many of these doses in half (at least). By the way, having a pretty good estimation your horse’s weight is important when supplementing anything to your horse. If you’d like to learn how to do that yourself, see this post.
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If you’d like to learn more about some of these supplements, check out these blog posts:
- Turmeric (Curcumin) for Horses
- Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) for Horses
- Chia Seeds for Horses
- Spirulina (Blue Green Algae) for Horses
- Chaste Tree Berry for Horses
- Jiaogulan for Horses
- Comparing Joint Supplements for Horses
Hope this guide was helpful for some of you. And if there’s something that I’ve left off that you can’t find the dosage for, please leave a comment. I might be able to help you find it!