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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?

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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7 Tips to Supporting Your Horse Through Detox

Tips for supporting your horse through a cleanse-

In this day and age supporting the body to detox is very important. There are different ways in which you can detox your horse. Some people like to more aggressively detox the body and choose to utilize specific detox systems and programs….

The tips shared in this post are meant to guide you through a more moderate and lifestyle approach. With the amount of toxins our horses are combating it seems more advantageous to maintain a balanced and continual detox approach.

  1. Clean your horse's nutrition of synthetics and chemicals- many feeds on the market today actually contain the very ingredients in which you are looking to cleanse from your horse's system…
  2. Support the digestive system with prebiotics, probiotics, and digestive enzymes- if the digestive system fails to deliver the nutrition your horse's bodies needs, the body will not have the fuel it necessary to properly cleanse. Resulting in toxic build up…
  3. Filter water and ensure appropriate hydration- Utilize options like a Horse Hydrator to filter out chemicals within your water that raise the risk of health concern.
  4. Stop applying topical products that are synthetic laden and based- Feeds and supplements are not the only ingredient lists that you need to review and be aware of. Switch your fly sprays, liniment, shampoos, etc. to more organic natural choices.
  5. Utilize herbs like milk thistle, dandelion root, or dandelion leaf to support cleansing- Always be sure to review the tips above and lifestyle of the horse, adjusting and reducing the toxins where you can prior to utilizing natural remedies.
  6. Add essential oils to your care routine (supports pH, frequency, and reduced oxidative stress)- Remember health begins at the cell level. Continued toxic overload after implementing these tips is a sign of imbalance at the cell level. Check out Where does your horse's health begin? for more information on cell health.
  7. Exercise and bodywork- Exercise is crucial to your horse's overall health and wellness… and bodywork is a great way to help support your horse's circulatory, endocrine, and lymphatic systems.

What is most important to understand is you are looking to cell health and function. If you are implementing these 7 tips in your horse's health and wellness you are on the right track!

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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Understanding Horse Health Problems

Equine Wellness Begins at the Cellular Level

We want to help you see horse health problems in a new way. It is common when an injury or illness arises to look for the immediate cause (example bacteria, virus, etc.). This is not necessarily inaccurate but can be a delayed way of thinking in some cases. You must understand where horse health and wellness begins to get a clear picture of when horse health problems actually start to occur.

Where does equine wellness “live”? Cells.

Cells are the fundamental building blocks of life and where health and wellness can be measured or better understood. Groups of cells form tissue, and groups of tissue forms organs, and groups of organs form organ systems. So it is easy to see that if there is a lack of cellular health there is dis-ease and concern for the body as a whole.

Horse Health Problems Begin in the Cells

Here at Equine Essential Wellness we look at equine wellness from this viewpoint, and try to decrease horse health problems by promoting proper cellular function. Cells are best supported through adequate nutrition, proper hydration, and other supportive measures. In this post we would like to share how essential oils can be one of the supportive measures used for maintaining cellular health.

Horse Health with Essential Oils

Within the chemistry of therapeutic grade essential oils you will find phenylproaniods, sequiterpenes, and monoterpenes. These chemical compounds can support the following cellular functions:

  • Clean receptor sites allowing the proper transfer and communication of neurotransmitters, hormones, etc.
  • Clear incorrect information from cellular memory stored within the DNA
  • Reset or reprogram the cell with the correct information and restore proper cell function.

You can find more detailed information on this process from David Stewart Ph.D., R.A. from his article titled THE BLOOD-BRAIN BARRIER or his book The Chemistry of Essential Oils Made Simple: God’s Love Manifest in Molecules.

Combining essential oils with the proper equine nutrition is a great way to decrease horse health problems and support cellular life and function. Focus on health and repair of cells through nutrition, hydration, and immune support and your horse will be on a path to better health and wellness.

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A Tool for Equine Nutrition

Equine Nutrition is a Key to Horse Health

There is a “tool” that you can use to improve your horse's health and nutrition, and the best part is it won't cost you a thing to utilize except maybe the time it takes to read it… The tool is the ingredient list!

We often  receive requests for supplement and grain reviews and recommendations. Below are some simple tips to choosing healthier supplement options for your horse.

 

Tips for Choosing a Healthy Equine Nutrition Supplement or Grain

Horse health must be supported with proper equine digestion and clean, effective nutrition. Yes horses in the wild graze on low nutrient feeds and the horse is designed to digest these very effectively. It is important to note that these horses are grazing freely all day and they are not put in the same high performance situations some of our domestic horses are.

Some simple things to think about while reading over an ingredient list:

  • Notice the length of the list- shorter isn't always better, but many of the shorter lists are cleaner and more organic.
  • How much of it is fillers?
  • How much of it is naturally derived vs synthetic?
  • What is the molasses content?

We are becoming more aware as a society to the unhealthy fillers and additives in our foods, what we need to realize is our horse's nutrition is not any different. They need clean, organic grains and supplements.  Tips for healthier options:

  • Try a less “commercialized” option as a base grain- like a beet pulp or alfalfa pellet, with rice bran added.
  • Add clean organic supplements or even herbal supplementation instead of over processed filler filled commercial grains.

For more tips on natural equine nutrition you can check out the links below:

  1. 5 Reasons to Choose Chia Seed as a Horse Supplement
  2. Equine Nutritional Benefits of BeneCell
  3. Aloe Vera- A Natural Effective Horse Supplement

After cleaning the nutrition you can continue supporting your horse down the path to vibrant health 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! This guide will help you contin

How to Naturally Improve the Health of Your Horse

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