The first hard frost is the unofficial national holiday of horses and horse people everywhere! It’s so good to say good bye to all those dang bugs! With the change of seasons comes a change for our horses nutritional requirements. We are experiencing major temperature swings, shorter days, and different plants are becoming appealing to our horses. Mostly Milk Thistle and burdock root are real appealing to horses.
If you have thistle or burdock in your pasture you might notice your horse’s infatuation with these plants. They haven’t touched them all year and now they are eating on them every day. Why is that? It’s because they are in season now. Much like how an apple or orange taste so good to us when it is ripe. Not only are these plants very tasty to our horses now, but they are supplying some major health benefits to them.
Milk Thistle for Horses
Milk thistle is a great antioxidant and stimulant for horses. Its primary nutrients are chromium, iron, manganese, phosphorus, selenium, tin, and zinc. Milk thistle was used in Europe as a remedy for liver problems and as a digestive aid. Milk Thistle has been proven to be very beneficial for horses liver function. Observations have shown that Milk Thistle can help reverse both acute and chronic liver problems and it is beneficial with general liver restoration, protection, and strengthening. Makes you look at milk thistle a little differently now, doesn’t it?!
Burdock Root for Horses
I’ll admit that burdock is a pain in the side to get out of horses forelocks and tails, but it is such an amazing herb as well. Burdock contains carbohydrates, copper, iodine, iron, protein, silicon, sulfur, vitamins A, B-complex, C, E, and P, and zinc. Burdock is known as one of the best blood purifiers of all herbs. Modern scientific research has uncovered diuretic properties and tumor inhibitors in Burdock in studies done on animals. Burdock may also inhibit mutation-causing chemicals that can lead to cancer.
So if these herbs aren’t available to our horses, where are they getting the support that these herbs provide for them? They aren’t. That goes back to the whole nutritionally starved, mechanically full philosophy that I have spoken of before. It is up to us to support these needs for them. You may want to look at using our #19 Bld Klnz and/or #27 Liver Support to fulfill this need for them. Personally, I concentrate on my horses filtering organs by using our #27 Liver Support and #37 Kidney Support for at least 30 days to support the natural detoxification process.
So let’s celebrate the fall colors, less bugs, cooler temperatures and our horses by making sure their nutritional needs are being met. After all, if we aren’t giving it, they aren’t getting it.