I started to feed him garlic, but I've read some stuff about garlic saying it can cause horse's to become anemic
The studies I have read all compared wild onions to garlic, which is the "apples to oranges" theory and virtually worthless.
Someone on another board did say they found a study on garlic but the amount fed was so large that it's no wonder the horse(s) developed anemia. I can't remember the dosage, but I do remember wanting to gag and I like raw garlic cloves - lol lol lol
That being said:
1. I don't feed it to my Arab because of his past history with one ulcer.
2. I fall just short of feeding the recommended amount.
3. I only feed it from mid-March thru mid-October or early November. Although this year I quit in mid-September because the ticks must've all hitch-hiked to the north to reign terror on you folks
4. Garlic is water soluble and will quickly leave the horse's system once their taken off it.
5. I doubt that it matters, but I buy equine powdered garlic.
I have been doing this routine for four years and so-far-so-good.
That doesn't mean it will be successful for everyone else or that someone's horse might become anemic. Again, I feed a little less than the recommended amount and it's divided into two feedings. It works pretty effectively against the ticks, but I don't see that garlic does anything for flies -- any kind of flies