Horsetail CHOPPED (Equisetum arvense) (also known as "Shavegrass")
- An all-purpose herb that is good for the whole body.
- Heavy in silica; strengthens hoof and hair.
- Helps body utilize and hold calcium; used in many herbal calcium combinations.
- Helps kidney problems, especially kidney stones.
- Kills eggs of parasites and expels parasites.
- Helps to dissolve tumors.
- Good for eye, ear, nose, throat and glandular disorders.
- Also useful for those suffering from sprains, ligament damage.
CAUTION: an overload of this herb is said to be harmful to the liver. One variety is considered poisonous. The variety we use is considered safe for human/animal consumption and is safe in recommended dosages of up to 4 tbs per day for horses, though we recommend and use a much smaller dosage in our recipes.
DOSING SINGLE HERBS-the "Four Herb" rule.
We apologize for the inconvenience but we do not give dosages for using one herb alone. The reason behind this is it is far easier to overdose using a single herb, than a combination of herbs. We would need a complete health history, complete feed breakdown and even with all the information, it can still be a risk to suggest dosage on single herbs. Therefore, our solution is to recommend the dosage for a minimum "four herb" combination. As herbs work synergistically (supporting each other) it is best to use herbs in combination, rather than alone. If you are wanting to target an herb (say Milk Thistle for the liver) it is very easy to do a simple online search, like “herbs for liver” and come up with several suggestions…milk thistle, marshmallow, ginger, and burdock are a few that pop up that would combine well to enhance liver function. Once you combine these minimum four types of herbs, feed in the following manner…
900-1400lb horse 1-2 tablespoons mixed POWDERED herbs AND/OR ¼ cup mixed chopped herbs
Over 1400lbs 2-3 tablespoons mixed powdered herbs AND/OR 1/3 cup mixed chopped herbs
400-900lbs ½ to 1 tablespoon mixed powdered herbs AND/OR ¼ cup mixed chopped herbs
Under 400lbs 1-2 teaspoons mixed powdered herbs AND/OR 1 tablespoon mixed chopped herbs
Start with minimal dosage. If no changes seen within 2-4 weeks, increase by half dose.
We continuously update information on our herbs for relevant information but as information on herbs is rather endless, please conduct your own searches as new information is constantly being uploaded on the internet.
As with all herbs, please confirm if it is safe for pregnant or lactating mares before use.