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Where I buy chelated calcium, B1, reishi,  pea protein, and some herbs:

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Herbs for Horses: Natural Treatments for PSSM horses

Herbs for horses - PSSM

Natural Herbs for Horses and What They Do:

Herbs are amazing for both horses and humans, and on occasion I create an “herbal salad” for my PSSM horse straight from my garden.  I can always see a slight boost in performance and attitude after giving one of these to my guys (my old guy gets them as well!), so I decided to post here for others to try as well!

Herbs for Horses - PSSM
Natural herbs for horses and what they do: I cut the herbs into small pieces so they mix well in wet mash.

I don’t always use all of these herbs at once, but when I do it’s a powerhouse of antioxidants and helpful phytochemicals.  It also adds to the variety that I try to make sure my horses have at all times – I feel that giving a variety of sources for any nutrient (several fat sources, protein sources, etc.) helps me make sure that each nutrient has a better chance of being absorbed.  

I dabble in herbalism and have a website dedicated to the benefits of herbs for horses and humans. It shows how to use them properly, with dosages, and the links below are to that website.  Like my PSSM website, my herb site is a work in progress, so more of these herbs will have links as I build up my sites.

Herbs for horses - PSSM
Herbs for horses: Fresh herbs added to soaked Renew Gold, chia seeds, pea protein (I use Pea Protein Powder from Bulk Supplements), and the rest of Jax’s supplements including Arizona Copper Complete. It takes about 15 minutes of soaking for the pea protein and chia to thicken up and make an oatmeal consistency.

Herbs for Horses:

  • Parsley – this one is great for kidneys, and I use it anytime there’s an issue with bloody urine.
  • Rosemary – this one’s full of antioxidants!  Rosemary is an antispasmodic for smooth muscles and therefore is helpful for the gut and many other areas.
  • Mint – a cousin to rosemary and contains some of the same antioxidants plus gut benefits.  It’s also an antispasmodic for smooth muscles.
  • Plantains – 
  • Dandelion Leaf (and flowers when available) – another kidney herb with many other benefits including as a liver tonic.
  • Sage – This herb has antibiotic effects and is also helpful to the urinary tract.
  • Oregano – this herb is a powerhouse for Lyme treatment, and I give it to my horses as a precaution and to help clear out any nasties that may be lurking (horses in the woods get ticks!)
  • Thyme – Good for digestive complaints and colic, and well as kidney/urinary issues.  It’s also an antispasmodic and is a great addition if your horse is showing signs of a mild cold/respiratory issue.

Types of Herbs for Horses:

Fresh herbs are really the best source, but powdered herbs are also a huge help and something I use daily for my horses.  My old horse with arthritis gets Turmeric daily, and Jax gets St. John’s Wort in human doses and Valerian root daily for anxiety and muscle relaxation (with breaks taken on occasion to keep resistance and/or toxicity from building – though I use such small doses that toxicity should never be an issue). 

Jax also gets (click these links to see my experience with them in both myself and my horses): uva-ursi, goldenseal, powdered sage, astragalus, chlorella, Jiaogulan, chaste berry, and many others on occasion depending on need.  When I first delved into PSSM management I had no idea how helpful herbs would be, but they are a huge part of keeping my horse managed and healthy!

From epsom salt soaks, to myofascial release, to dietary supplements – see more natural treatments for PSSM horses!

Where I get my herbs:

I get a lot of my herbs and pea protein from Bulk Supplements:

I also get herbs from Mountain Rose Herbs and other herbal stores, and grow some herbs to feed both fresh and dried.

3 thoughts on “Herbs for Horses: Natural Treatments for PSSM horses

  1. When you had Jax on Equifeast, did you still use herbs? I am looking into using it and was checking out their site and there are some concerns with certain herbs.

    1. There are concerns with certain herbs, but not all. Herbs like mint, valerian, gingko, ashwagandha, St. John’s wort, and others are GABA agonists and chelated calcium can affect how these herbs work for individual horses. For example, Jax no longer handles mint, but valerian is fine on occasion. He never handled ashwagandha.

      I’m also taking chelated calcium (I take 1/2 tsp of his mix every morning in my tea) and I can still take a ton of herbs, including GABA agonists, but I do have to be careful as too much mint (which I still handle in small amounts) can affect my sleep.

      Typically EquiFeast advises a blanket removal of all of these, and for the most part Jax has been off all herbs for a couple of years and he’s been great. However, we now have some fairly significant navicular stuff going on and he’s back on a pretty good list of herbs, but since he seems to need them, they don’t seem to be interacting with chelated calcium.

      That’s probably as clear as mud lol, but I hope it helps a little!

      1. This is helpful, thank you! I had been giving a supplement containing nettle and saw that was on the list, so was wondering about the milk thistle, dandelion root and rose hips he had been getting as well so am in the process of researching those. I appreciate the response!

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