Slippery Elm: Ulcer Guard February 07 2018, 0 Comments

Much of horses’ immune systems and hence overall well-being is regulated in the large intestine or hindgut, which, although endlessly important to your horse’s health, also is one of our horses most vulnerable organs. Enter Slippery Elm (Ulmus fulva/rubra), one of nature’s wonder herbs, excellent at soothing and healing equine ulcers and encouraging overall gut health for horses.

Prebiotics or Probiotics? January 26 2018, 0 Comments

Prebiotics?  Probiotics?  What's the difference, and why would I choose one over the other?

This is one of the most common questions I get from customers, and given the prevalence of gut health issues in winter, I thought this would be a good time to air my answers for everyone to read.

Holiday Herbs for Horses November 15 2017, 0 Comments

Cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves make many people think of eggnog, pumpkin bread and ginger cookies. Beyond giving your baked treats a holiday zing, did you know these aromatic spices can benefit your horse as well? Consider putting them in your home-baked horse cookies, use them to top-dress his feed, or add the essential oils to salves and tinctures for topical applications. 

Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis) - Nature's Anxiety Relief September 17 2017, 0 Comments

This delicious, lemony member of the mint family is a hardy perennial and a gem of an herb for our equine partners. Easy to grow, easy to prepare, and highly palatable to horses, lemon balm is a top herb to add to your horse’s diet.

Pest Be Gone Herb Garden- Plant Your Own Insect-Free Haven July 10 2017, 0 Comments

At some point every equestrian has used fly masks, fly sheets, fly sprays, and maybe even fly predators in order to mitigate the summertime insect infestation. Even so, most people just accept that with horses come flies and other annoying pests. However, what about a different tactic? What about planting herbs around the barn to repel those pesky insects?

Ginseng - Help your Horse Recover from Physical and Mental Stress Faster May 11 2017, 0 Comments

Most commonly seen in energy drinks and memory enhancing supplements, did you know that ginseng is also a wonderful support herb for your performance horse? Ginseng is part of a family of herbs called adaptogens, which are herbs that help the body cope with external mental and physical stressors, such as stress that horses constantly on the road and subject to heavy physical demands may face.

Dandelion for Horses- Detox, De-Stress, and Feed! March 29 2017, 0 Comments

Horse lettuce, tooth of the lion, piss-a-bed- how many names can this pervasive weed get? Before you pull all the dandelions out of your lawn and toss them in the compost in frustration, know this hardy little weed packs a real nutritional punch for our beloved four legged friends.

Herbs for Seasonal Mares - Alternative Medicine for Helping your Mare Cope with her Cycles February 07 2017, 1 Comment

My good friend Kate insists that she only likes mares. “Only mares, no geldings, no thank you!” I always thought she was crazy. I mean, why would you want to put up with an animal who was testy and irritable more than half the year? As a woman, I sympathize with mares’ cycles, but I love my always-the-same, ploddy, mellow gelding, so I really didn’t get her perspective. “Because, they have that oomph! You know, they have that extra boost to keep them going, while gelding are just … well boring!”

Marshallow (Althaea Officinalis)- Herbal Remedy for Ulcers, Heaves, and Skin Irritation January 18 2017, 0 Comments

S’mores for horses anyone? Just kidding… although today’s standard marshmallows don’t include any althaea officinalis, they once did include a mixture of sugar, egg whites, and ground marshmallow root. Known for the mucilage that is contained in its leaves and roots that has emollient and demulcent properties, Marshmallow is more than a sweet campfire treat; it is also an effective treatment for digestive ulcers, urinary tract irritations, and respiratory issues. 

Omega 3 Supplements – the Old and the New October 10 2016, 0 Comments

Hello Whole Equine Readers! I wanted to share this great article from one of my favorite equine nutritionists, Juliet M. Getty, Ph.D..  I often am asked by my customers what the best source of Omega 3 supplements are; this is a great explanation of what is out there and what may be best for your horse.  In our shop we carry Camelina Oil and Organic Flax Seed Oil, which are both mentioned below.  Enjoy- I hope you find this helpful and informative. - M