Spirulina (Blue-Green Algae) for Horses


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

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  1. Horse are non-ruminant herbivores of a kind known as a “hindgut fermenter.” This implies that horses have only one abdomen, as do people. So your details really beneficial for me.

  2. Spirulina says:

    Wow, never heard of feeding Spirulina fed to horses or other animals. I wonder if it is okay to feed to dogs or cats?

    • then5925 says:

      I don’t know about cats, but I do know it can be fed to dogs. What’s good for us is often good for animals as well!

  3. Kelvin says:

    I am very interested in this article about Spiralina. Have you heard of a product called Spirulive, I don’t know much about it, but must be similar?

    • then5925 says:

      Hi Kelvin– Sorry, I have not heard of Spirulive. It does sound similar though. I would think the ingredients should say if it’s a spirulina product though.

  4. penny says:

    Hi can I feed spirulina to a made in foal . my mare coughs when in her stable but seems to be more when im working her, drives me crazy, I whether hay feed keep stable clean and she’s on bedsoft so dust free, I need something that will help her.
    I have spoken to the vet will know more next week.

    • Casie says:

      Hi Penny, I’m not a nutritionist or vet, but according to Dr. Getty (who is a nutritionist), it’s completely safe for pregnant mares. It’s an all natural product (from blue-green algae) so I wouldn’t have any concerns.

  5. Chantal says:

    Hi, my horse coughs a lot and is on a natural supplement that contains various herbs. My farrier suggested I try him on spirulina. My question is whether there are any herbs it should not be combined with? These are the herbs contained in the supplement he is already getting (which helps manage the coughing, but not as much as I’d like): •Eriobotryae japonic •Bulbus fritillaria thunbergii, Polygala tenuifolia •Rosemary •Scutellaria biancalensis – Momordica grosvenori •Honey suckle •Chrysanthemum morifolium •Morus alba • Peppermint
    •Eucalyptus leaves •Mullein •Pleurissy root • Elecampane •Nettles •Menthol

    • Rebekah says:

      Chantal, I am no expert but if I were you I would ditch all the herbs and try Spirilina for your horse. I my self take Spirilina to boots my immune system and let me tell you, it does an awesome job at that, plus I don’t get sick when other people around me are sick. You can still give Rosemarry,Peppermint and Eucalyptus leaves. On my horse fly spray that I my self make, I always add Rosemary and Peppermint essential oils in the spray mixed with water and vinegar, keeps the fly away until Garlic starts to work than I won’t have to worry about fly spray anymore. But put your horse on Spiriulina right away, I would not wait. You will see a huge improvement, just give it a couple of months, some horses are different then others so be patient.

      • Traviis says:

        Hi, Chantal, my horse has horrible seasonal allergies so, I am thrilled to have found Casie’s website and blog. I can’t wait to start my horse on Spirilina. What method works best for you; adding to horses feed, etc.? Also, may I have the ingredients for your fly spray. Thank you for sharing.

        • Rebekah says:

          Hi Travis,

          For the fly spray, I add in a good spray bottle 2 cups of white vinegar, 1 cups of water, 3 TBSP of Olive Oil, 30 drops of Rosemary, Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Thyme and Cedarwood essential oils. Just because I have them and because it is good for the horses skin, but the most important ones are the Rosemary and Peppermint oils. Before use shake well, and spray on your horse, becareful don’t spray this on their faces, spray it on your hands and rub on their faces. This spray doesn’t completely do the job 8 hours a day, so you kind of have to spray maybe 3 or 4 times a day on them depending on how bad is the flies around your area. I haven’t come across any fly spray that really does the job for 8 or more hours a day, and only thing that truly works is the Garlic

          Garlic does miracles for my two horses, it keeps any bitting flies away, mosquitos don’t come close to them, and the typical house/barn flies, no flies what so ever. You just have to give it a try and see for your self the reality of why it’s so important for horses to take Garlic. I only have two horses, so it’s not that expensive to, but for someone who has 4 or more horses that are on a really tight budget it will get expensive. http://www.springtimeinc.com Their garlic is organic and for 15 lbs of garlic is 72 dollars, shipping is free. For one horse that will last you about 2 months. After giving this to your horse for 4 weeks straight, you will see an improvement, after 8 weeks a huge improvement if not any flies at all.

          Spirulina, I did some research and your suppose to give 2 ounces of spiraling which turns out to be a quarter cup each day to a horse with allergies problem. They should also be on granules garlic from http://www.springtineinc.com Bug of Garlic for horses. I fee Spirulina to my dog who has severe allergies and within a week her eyes which was swollen bad was showing signs of getting better, here now 3 weeks of her eating spiraling and her eyes are almost back to normal. The two main things that people should do who have horses with allergies should start them right away with Spirulina and garlic which is a must.

  6. Travis says:

    Has anyone used equine immune from standard process, (aka: medi herb). It was recommended to me for my horses skin problems.

  7. Rebekah says:

    Here’s my testimony about Garlic for horses. I started my mare on garlic and she never had any flies on her, all the other horses however had tons of flies around them, and there were constantly in the run in shed, she enjoyed being in the pasture fly free. I was able to rescue one horse from that bunch at the barn were I board my Mare. Well, I took her to a friends place for training, and at that time she was not on garlic. One day I noticed flies around her, and not just the house flies, I mean these nasty bitting horse flies, I look under her by her private area and saw all the huge bumps and blood dripping down her legs, but the worse part was she was swollen underneath there, I felted horrible for her. I immediately started her on garlic, but I did go easy on her, I knew I had to releave her of those nasty bitting flies. I double dosed her on garlic for a straight 2 weeks when I saw a huge improvement, than I just kept her on the regular dose of 3 scoops a day, no longer 6 scoops a day. And I sprayed on my hands the fly spray mix that I use and rubbed it in that area to give her some relief and to keep her from getting infected if she would and to keep the bitting flies temporary away from her until the garlic worked and also for the swollen to get better. So, I am a firm believer of Garlic for horses.

    • Travis says:

      Hi Rebekah, Wow, you are so kind. Thank you for taking time to share such valuable information. You have no idea how much I appreciate your time and your attention to details. I will be sure to take advantage of the link you provided too. But in the meantime, tonight I will buy the necessary ingredients for the fly spray and supplements tonight so I can get my 2 boys started immediately. Especially, General, he is the one with bad allergies. It’s so sad. My horses are fed grain 2x a day so; would you suggest feeding one supplement in the morning and the other with the pm feeding? In regards to the Garlic is the scoop about 1/2 cup?
      Again, thank you so very much for your help. I will keep you posted on our progress.

  8. Rebekah says:

    Hi Travis,

    Email me at sa_argueta@icloud.com so I can explain you a little bit more and get some more information from you about your horse General. So sorry to hear he’s having allergies problems, I know exactly how that is.

    I have a friend that has this horse, he is severely allergic to dust and so he eats only Alfalfa cubes, but now he’s on a 95% dust free hay, that my friend found and thought he would tried that after all these years of having him. Anyways, the problem is when summer hits, and I feel so terrible sorry for him. I told him about the garlic, but some people don’t believe in it. He did buy the garlic, but he doesn’t want to take the time to introduce the garlic to his horse, so it’s to much work for him, really sad. Because once your horse gets use to the garlic it’s really easy.

  9. Claire Canady says:

    What are the negative side effects that would happen to a severely ill horse that was fed spirulina? Are there any other potential side effects?

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