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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:

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Is Your Horse The 1 out of 3?

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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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The Weekly Feed – Nutrition for Aural Plaque

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How to Offer Nutritional Support to a Horse Experiencing Aural Plaque-

Nutrition is the foundation of health when a horse is experiencing aural plaque, so addressing their nutrition is imperative. The first step will be to remove a majority or all, if possible, grains and feeds that are laden with chemicals, synthetics, and fillers. For more details on that process check out:

The Foundation of Horse Health Starts with Nutrition

Options to Comfort Symptoms of Aural Plaque

Aural plaque can be painful and cause discomfort. Reducing inflammation naturally can be a great way to ease some of what these horses experience. Some great natural options include:

  • Curcumin– Studies have shown that curcumin supports cognitive function by binding to and dissolving abnormal proteins and because curcumin helps promote a healthy inflammatory response it also supports cardiovascular, joint, and muscle health. In addition to these benefits, it has been proven to lower levels of inflammatory markers significantly. Some of Forefront Equine products in our Wellness Shop contain curcurmin check out AllStar and ForeJoint for more information.
  • Copaiba Essential Oil 
  • Devil's Claw Herb

Supporting Equine Digestion-

Over 70% of the immune system resides in the digestive system. Maintaining proper digestion is crucial to your horse's health. Supplementing your horse with prebiotics, probiotics, and digestive enzymes is highly recommended for any horse with health concerns or that does not have access to grazing on live grasses.  Check out The Three Amigos of Equine Digestive Health for more information. Adding Colostrum can also be a benefit to the immune support and digestive system.

ForeRunner - Colostrum

We hope this look into equine nutrition ideas to support aural plaque, has been helpful for you! Our mission here at Equine Essential Wellness is to help you promote your horse's health naturally. We invite you to get our FREE The Secrets of Equine Naturopathy PDF Guide, 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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Adjust to Fit the Situation – Equine Nutrition

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Equine Nutrition is the Foundation of Horse Health-

Proper equine nutrition is a topic commonly discussed here at Equine Essential Wellness. Clean, effective, and species specific nutrition is needed for the body to function in optimal health. Most horse owners agree with me on this point, yet are feeding highly processed, chemical laden, commercialized grains. Many of these grains are full of fillers, with a lab created vitamin spray on top.

Why is that a concern to horse health?

  • The horse will have to process through all the fillers to obtain any actual nutrient value in the feed.
  • The body cannot utilize the synthetics and chemical additives properly and will pass them through the feces or store them improperly.

Determine if Your Equine Nutrition is Adequate-

Traditional equine nutrition education relies on a mathematical and scientific approach. Requiring that a horse will fit into a cookie cutter feeding program. A system dependent upon age and quantity of work. Equate this with your own diet. Find a nutritionally complete processed food or cereal that you can eat to provide you the optimal nutrition and offer all the support you need to maintain your health without the assistance of whole food or further supplementation.

Establish proper equine nutrition, by listening to you horse. When we help any client with a horse, the diet and nutrition is taken into consideration. You can utilize the links below to learn more.

Don't Allow Dangerous Digestive Problems Linger-

Synthetic and chemically filled feeds can lead to digestive upset for your horse, and even the cleanest most natural nutrition won't be utilized if the digestive system is not functioning at its best!

In my content, I share the story of supporting my mare through health concerns, naturally, after traditional methods had failed and euthanasia became the only recommendation veterinarians had for her. Part of our mission has to do with the success I had in helping her, and wanting that for your horse…

The reality is Pokey had been “telling” me for years that there was a concern, but sadly the vets and other equine professionals and mentors I had at the time told me the things I noticed were no big deal! So 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.

Pokey struggled with #3 on this list for years and yet I was told she was just lazy and it was a training/behavioral problem. Don't let others misguide you or silence what your horse wants you to know.

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Natural Electrolytes for Horses

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Nutritional Support for Heat Stroke in Horses Through Electrolytes 

Heat stroke in horses is a topic we have focused on this week here at Equine Essential Wellness. After having a horse here at our facility struggle with it we decided to share with you what to utilize both for supporting the horse through heat stroke/exhaustion, as well as the options that can reduce the risk of the horse getting to that point in the first place. For this Weekly Feed Post we will share with you how you can support your horse nutritionally or through dietary supplements with natural options of electrolytes for horses.

The Importance of Electrolytes for Horses 

“Electrolytes are salts, acids, or bases that dissociate (separate) into ions in body fluids. Sodium Chloride is an example of a salt. When Sodium Chloride is dissolved in water, it releases sodium ions and chloride ions. In the body we refer to these ions as electrolytes. Electrolytes affect many body functions. Salts, like Sodium Chloride tend to attract water, which has an impact on the hydration of the body… A delicate balance of electrolytes must exist, even at a cellular level, for the body to function properly. Certain electrolytes are critical for very specific body functions.”~Veterinary Medical Terminology Second Edition by Dawn E. Christenson

For the overall well being of the horse we are looking to find a balance between three electrolytes: sodium, potassium, and calcium. As the quote above mentions, electrolytes for horses affects many aspects of how the body functions at a cellular level. So we want to share with you some options that can help you support your horse's health and wellness in a more natural, safe, and effective way.

electrolytes for horses

Forelyte and ForeRunner Natural, Organic Support  

When choosing electrolytes for horses, you want to look out for products that are too high in sodium or contain fillers or sugars. That is why Forelyte is our pick for a natural effective electrolyte paste for your horse. Unlike some of the other options on the market ForeFront Equine's ForeLyte contains no fillers or sugars and is only 25% sodium. By utilizing 100% organic coral calcium, along with 73 additional organic trace minerals. The proprietary formula allows for a 99% absorption rate of key ingredients.

Prior to finding ForeFront Equine products, I was very skeptical of any commercial supplements due to the use of fillers, chemicals, unnecessary additives, and inferior quality. I have been impressed with the quality and integrity of ForeFront Equine's products. For that reason combined with the amazing results we see our horses and those of our clients experiencing, we proudly offer these great products to our customers.

ForeRunner - Colostrum

For the mare that struggled with heat exhaustion here, last week we used the ForeLyte in the evening to help support a homeostasis to her electrolytes. But when I first spotted the issue I chose to use another of the must have ForeFront products… ForeRunner Equine Paste.

In times of stress for your horse ForeRunner offers great support for the GI tract and immune system while supporting hydration, cell regeneration, and oxygenation. The powerhouse of active ingredients like BeneCell, Colostrum, and equine specific probiotics promote many aspects of health at once. Which is why for us here at Equine Essential Wellness, ForeRunner is a go to product, in times of stress including the signs of heat exhaustion in this mare.

Benefits of BeneCell -

Having natural, organic products that are safe either working together or independently is key to promoting horse health. If you are looking for a great option of electrolytes for horses, I invite you to check out the links below and look at the reviews and product details. If you currently have a product of choice I recommend looking over the ingredient list and making sure you are fully informed of what the product contains.

If you would like to see more tips and ideas for reducing the risk of heat stroke in horses, be sure to check out this week's previous posts:

You can get started on supporting your horse to vibrant health right now, by downloading 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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