Quite rightly, people are cottoning on to the fact that horses in nature have a ‘diverse’ range of options available to them as forage. This has lead to a view that herbal preparations can provide a substitute source of the nutritional variety that horses experience in nature and therefore that feeding herbs will assure the health of the horse.
Some herbs do have useful properties which can be beneficial for specific conditions.
It’s important to remember that not
Certain herb plants
Studies show that insulin is spiked by high crude protein levels as well as sugars and starches.
The leafy portion of all legumes (clovers) and herbs tend to be high in potassium and nitrogen. In our experience, the more compromised your horse is, the less of these he can tolerate – especially when fed on top of short or lush green grass with clovers which are already far too high. EMS horses and those prone to laminitis need very careful management to reduce sugars, potassium and nitrogen in their diet.
Although some people find adding herbs to their horse’s diet can bring a useful element to their management system, this is