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Dandelions Are Worth More Than Wishes To Your Horse

Some See A Weed, Some See A Wish, While Your Horse Sees Health Potential…

Although many see the dandelion as a common weed, it actually should be seen as a valuable nutrient source and medicinal herb. The entire dandelion is safe for you horse to eat, the leaves and roots are the most beneficial when it comes to promoting your horse's health.

The dandelion root is great for promoting liver health and cleansing, while the leaves serve more as a kidney and urinary tract tonic and detox aide.

Nutrient wise dandelion is high in Vitamins A, B, C, and D. It is also rich in potassium, magnesium, and calcium making it a natural electrolyte option.

According to a published medical study on Pubmed.gov

Dandelion may exhibit various health benefits, including antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anticarcinogenic properties. We analyzed the leaves and roots of the common dandelion (T. officinale) using high-performance liquid chromatography/mass spectrometry to determine its sesquiterpene lactone composition. The main compound of the leaf extract taraxinic acid β-d-glucopyranosyl ester (1), a sesquiterpene lactone, was isolated and the structure elucidation was conducted by nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometry. The leaf extract and its main compound 1 activated the transcription factor nuclear factor erythroid 2-related factor 2 (Nrf2) in human hepatocytes more significantly than the root extract. Furthermore, the leaf extract induced the Nrf2 target gene heme oxygenase 1. Overall, present data suggest that compound 1 may be one of the active principles of T. officinale.”

Although it might not reduce oxidative stress by 40% like the Nrf2 Synergizer we share in our Health Activated Horse Group… the leaf extract as stated above has been proven to activate Nrf2 and it has antioxidant properties… add that to the other benefits shared and you have a vitality supporting herb that you can utilize for your horse.

When in season in your area you can feed it fresh, as long as you are cautious that you harvest it in an area that has not been sprayed with herbicides… there are also species of “false dandelion” like Flatweed that look similar to dandelion, that is toxic to horses. I prefer to get a organic dandelion dried leaf options from herb professionals like Mountain Rose Herbs or Monteray Bay Herbs .

Best if used in moderation and like with many herbal remedies it's beneficial to cycle the horse off or give the body breaks between use. Always read your horse and seek professional guidance when needed. The serving size I most often utilize is 1/4 cup of dried dandelion leaves added to a clean forage/hay pellet (no synthetics or additives).

Times To Turn To Dandelion Leaves-

As shared above, dandelion leaves and/or root can make an affordable health boosting option for your horse when they are in health. Other suggested times of use can be when the body is struggling to clear toxins (after any chemical dewormers, pharmecuticals, vaccines, etc.), when edema, water retention, or the urinary track needs stimulated or cleansed.

For my mare Pokey she will be going on dandelion leaves for a period of time, to support the balance of her Water element, water metabolism, and recent concerns of edema in her legs. You can read more about other options to support similar concerns with the posts below:

Are you ready to unlock the health potential of your horse? If so I've got you covered! To empower you in how to utilize “The Root of Life”, I have designed a free PDF Guide to get you started on the right track to supporting your horse's wellness and vitality. Click Here or the image below to grab you copy now!

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How Even A Beginner Can Balance The Water Element

Does your horse's health concern fit the following…

  • The horse's symptoms progressed or became present with old age
  • Increased or became stronger in the cold, winter months
  • Deep aching or concern with skeletal and bone health
  • The horse's fear has increased with the current health issue
  • The horse's health concerns include their ears and/or genital areas
  • The horse is conserving their energy more and more in conjunction with additional factors from the list above

If you horse is experiencing some of these issues, it's possible that their Water Element is off balance and could benefit from additional support.

My mare Pokey has had a long health journey and is responsible for most of what I have learned in the horse health field up to this point…

Helping her recover after having multiple vets recommend euthanasia back in 2011, is what led me to Equine Naturopathy, use of essential oils, and now my latest journey – Equine Acupressure.

Pokey aligns with 5 of the factors shared in that list, and at a recent clinic I attended I consulted with Dr. Madalyn Ward about her thoughts on what I could do to further Pokey's health and vitality. Her suggestion was to balance her Water Element.

What the beginner needs to know to get results.

Now to be clear I am in the beginning stages of working through an Equine Acupressure Practitioner Course… and yet with a simple app on my phone and my favorite reference guide (you can easily order and utilize too)… I went to work opening the possibilities of health and balance for my horse.

This post is not about getting into the details of the Five Element Theory or Traditional Chinese Medicine…

My goal is to share with you the fact that any horse owner can bring benefit to their horse with the use of some reference tools, essential oils, and the willingness to get uncomfortable or feel slightly incompetent for awhile 🙂

Your horse's Water Element is governed by their Kidney Meridian and their Bladder Meridian. For Pokey's first acupressure session with me, I chose to focus on the Kidney Meridian while utilizing the benefits of Juniper Essential Oil.

Check out the video below to see how Pokey and I explore the Kidney Meridian together, we ran out of light before I got to address her Bladder Meridian (at least with acupressure), but she had great releases during our session and I saw noticeable effects in her mood, stools, and posture the next day and positively maintained a few days after that before I went out of town…

Reveal More About What The Kidney Meridian Can Do For Your Horse…

Are you ready to unlock the health potential of your horse? If so I've got you covered! To empower you in how to utilize “The Root of Life”, I have designed a free PDF Guide to get you started on the right track to supporting your horse's wellness and vitality. Click Here or the image below to grab you copy now!

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Want a Liniment That Gets Boo Koo Results?

Mother Nature Offers Effective Inflammatory Reducing & Health Promoting Support –

Buchu “boo-koo” (Agathosma betulina) is a plant native and “exclusive” to the Western Cape of South Africa. Traditionally Buchu was primarily harvested in the wild, but because of its demand it's now sourced from cultivated fields for a more sustainable use.

In South Africa, Buchu is viewed and seen as one of the most known and utilized medicinal plants.  With healing properties shared over centuries of time and tradition.

This plant offers numerous health benefits due to its unique chemical properties that fight free radicals throughout the body, reduce inflammatory responses, aid in providing comfort from reaction to allergens, and it even promotes the flow of circulation.

To explore further on Buchu's benefits to health, check out the video below…

Now the company that produced this video is not where I discovered or came into contact with this amazing herbal remedy… The product that was shared with me that I have been utilizing is from Equestrian Aid and you can contact Myran Moore for more information on this amazing product.

Putting Nature To Work…

Check out the quick tips and ideas in the video below and get the power of Buchu working for your horse today!

Be Sure To Discover More From The Previous Blogs Related To Natural Liniments Listed Below:

Natural liniments and skin care products is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to ensuring your horse is on a path to vibrant health! Grab your copy of our FREE PDF guide, The Secrets of Equine Naturopathy, click here or the image below to get this series sent to your inbox today.

How to Naturally Improve the Health of Your Horse

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Is Your Horse The 1 out of 3?

equine digestion

Maybe it's because we hear statistics all the time that it's possible to read that on average 1 in 3 horses suffers from gastric ulcers and still not realize the “1” could be our horse!

Just curious how many horses do you have?

How many horses are at the barn where you keep your horse?

For me I own 4 horses currently… so it's possible that 1 out of my 4 horses is suffering from gastric ulcers right now…

Reducing The Risk of Digestive Concerns

To be honest equine gastric ulcers is just one concern of many that your horse could be experiencing when it comes to their digestion. By raising your awareness, I in no way mean to increase your fear or worry… because that will not serve you or your horse in any way!

But it is often in these times of discomfort and tension that we are open to changing our patterns and taking action to achieve a new and better result…

That is the outcome I desire for you and your horse 🙂

Now that you know that your horse's digestive health could be at risk, here are some tips to drastically reduce the concern!

  • Maintain consistent annual or biannual dental exams
  • Reduce the fasting periods your horse experiences
  • Check your supplement ingredients for synthetics, fillers, and chemicals that cause inflammation and intestinal irritation
  • Choose a natural digestive health supplement and be sure to feed or focus on your horse's digestion at least every 3 months

An Immune Boost of 70%?!?

When we stop and remind ourselves that over 70% of the immune system resides in the GI tract, it only further solidifies the fact that our horses digestive health is crucial to their overall wellness. You can explore more tips on supporting equine digestive health below, starting with one of my new favorite digestive supplements shared in the video… just be sure to take immediate action and use what is shared here to move forward to improving your horse's health and digestion today!

Don't Unknowingly Let Dangerous Digestive Problems Linger-

What most horse owners don't realize is that their horse IS trying to tell them that there are health problems lurking below the surface! Your horse could be too…

My mare struggled with #3 on the list for many years and I was told it was a behavior and training issue. I created a free pdf guide that shares 10 Tell Tale Signs Your Horse May Be Suffering From Dangerous Digestive Problems. Click Here to download your copy today.

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Comparing A Hoof Abscess To Acne?

Does it make sense to think of an abscess like a pimple?

I read an article by Horse.com that compared a hoof abscess to a zit… I liked the article and it is not too far fetched to compare the two.

There is inflammation, white blood cells, and infection that build and cause pain and pressure. With your horse though it can cause lameness… and if left unsupported it could lead to further complications.

Most recommendations will be topical or externally focused. Which makes sense if the abscess is to believed to be a result of a stone bruise, quarter crack, or puncture wound.

But in more chronic cases or times where it is due to imbalance shoes or trimming, poor stall or paddock maintenance… only caring for the concern topically or externally when it arises does not keep the horse's best interest in mind.

Following Through With The Analogy-

If you or someone close to you has ever struggled with acne, it is often not successful over the long term to only address the concern externally… much like what I just mentioned, it is important to look at the internal environment.

So for your horse you should do the following:

Hoof Abscess Hacks-

Here are my top hoof hack picks to have on hand if my horse experiences a hoof abscess. Always be in contact with a licensed medical professional to ensure further care is not needed. If the abscess has not yet opened, I like to encourage it to drain from the sole…

  • A thick natural based ointment like Young Living Animal Scents mixed with Epsom Salts as a pack with a hoof boot or wrap
  • Ichthammol drawing salve is another option I like to have on hand and utilize

Once it is draining I like to keep my horse's hoof clean and supporting an environment that bad bacteria don't want to be, so my top picks for that include…

Don't Unknowingly Let Dangerous Digestive Problems Linger-

When toxins build up in the horse's system it can be due to the digestive system not functioning properly… many of the health concerns our horses face today are connected to problems that begin in the GI tract. It has also been my experience that these concerns often are overlooked by equine professionals and horse owners alike.

My mare struggled with #3 on the list for many years and I was told it was a behavior and training issue. I created a free pdf guide that shares 10 Tell Tale Signs Your Horse May Be Suffering From Dangerous Digestive Problems. Click Here to download your copy today.

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