Natural Supplement Guide 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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4 Responses

  1. Kathy says:

    Thanks for the post on amounts to feed supplements. When I was searching for non-chemical anti-inflammatory I found several alternatives, one of which was Devil’s Claw. Seems yucca is often added to commercial supplements of Devil’s Claw and apparently has symbiotic relationship but I didn’t find dose recommendation. Do you have one for yucca alone or in combo with DC? I wound up using white willow bark at 1 rounded tsp a day with ACV 1/4 cup at the other feeding (of Senior). Have since increased that to 3 tsp twice a day after a friend told me her arthritic horse gets 1 tblsp a day. Seems to have helped my elderly mare’s arthritis. However, seems like a high dosage long term. Any advice on drug holidays?

  2. Casie says:

    Hi Kathy,

    You’re right–yucca is often added to Devil’s Claw supplements. As far as just feeding yucca, this is what I have from another blog post I did: 3,000 mg/day of the 10% saponin powder or 15,000 mg/day of 2% saponin powder.

    If it’s combined with Devil’s Claw in a supplement, I would just follow the package feeding directions (because it would depend on what the herbal combination is.) I think you’re okay on the 3 tsp of white willow bark twice a day. I would either feed 6 days on, 1 day off or feed all but one week of the month.

  3. Curt says:

    I love reading articles like this that are able to help me with any questions I have about my horse. I’m sure I will never be able to learn everything, but that is what is so great about the internet. Animals are so amazing and horses are beautiful creates that deserve the attention that most of their owners give them. Thanks for sharing. This really did help me out!
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  4. Jody Webb says:

    Many horses cannot handle 1 cup of flaxseed at a time as it can make the stool too firm. 1/4 to 1/3 cup twice daily is usually a safer amount (average 1000lb horse) and that dose is high enough to get the benefits.

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