The Good Weeds


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

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7 Responses

  1. nina says:

    I love your posts! What about polk weed? I hear pros and cons. I ate it when I was in Florida.

    • Casie says:

      Hi Nina, I think you’re referring to pokeweed. I looked it up and looks like it is toxic for horses, unfortunately.

  2. Danny-Leigh Hill says:

    Great list 🙂 I know that the Thistle weed is good for detoxing the liver. When your horse has been given medications you will see the horse go out and eat the thistle weeds . Im not sure what else it can do , but was told this by a Homeopath . I seen it first hand with one of my horses years ago .

    • Casie says:

      Hi Danny-Leigh–Yes, you’re right. Most thistle is good for horses. I’m feeding milk thistle powder to mine right now!

  3. Michelle says:

    I love hearing of fellow humans that are opposed to spraying poison!!!
    I live in a hilly area and when I see my neighbors spraying weed killer it hurts my heart for Mother Earth & worry if We were tomdig a pond for my horses (which I know they would love) it would end up flowing in to it. I also pick most inedible weeds by hand on my 12 acres…but find it great exercise and feel good about not adding in toxins from weed killer into the environment…there are enough already!!!

  4. Christine Dowsett says:

    Your post about beneficial “weeds” made me have a closer look at what our two horses seem to like. And it seems to be Meadowsweet (the leaves) they cannot get enough of. Althoug I don’t know if both or only one of them eats the leaves. Felix (17 yrs, ex-racehorse) has a medical history of stomach ulcers and injuries and was diagnosed with arthritis a few years ago. Jack (17 yrs, Arab) has no health issues at all (as far as we know). We now assume that the salicylic acid (in combination with tannin and mucilage) in Meadowsweet may have a positive anti-inflammatory effect! Great “stuff”!!

    • Casie says:

      Yes! And horses have the ability to “self-select” plants that are good for them. They mainly get into trouble when variety isn’t available (or they aren’t getting enough calories). Glad you enjoyed the post!

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