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post #1 of 14 Old 02-13-2012, 08:01 PM Thread Starter
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Question Do herble remedies and oils really work?

I was wondering if the herble remedies and oils acually work.....
I heard about them and people were selling them at the horse expo last year, didn't knew if they were worth spending money on cuz they r pretty spendy!
If they do work know any good ones?
Where to get them?
If you could make/grow them?
(haha i love those!)
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post #2 of 14 Old 02-13-2012, 10:25 PM
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Depends on the horse. Sometimes they work, sometimes they don't. That being said, here is a great site:
Your Guide to Natural Herbs for Horses

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I have had success with some, and no change with others. I use Devils Claw as a pain relief 'herbal drug' for horses that would otherwise be on bute for an extended period of time.

Brewers Yeast is great for digestion and has a calming influence. Comfry is great for swelling ...

As for oils, I love rice bran oil for weight gain and conditioning, my horses thrive on it.
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OP- That's really an iffy question..there are some that do work but others that are a complete fluke..When it comes to oils, Any oil containing Omega6 is bad for your horse and causes more harm than good, while oils made up of Omega3 can be great for horses if used right...other good oils are Rice Bran oil (this will also put weight on a horse), Fish oil, sun flower oil, flax seed oil..

When it comes to remedies, it's a lot of personal preference..there are studies that show things like Garlic mixed in your horse's feed will cause less flies..this is true, but it has to be fed regularly and to all of the horses in that area..Dryer sheets can also be used as fly repellents..and so on and so forth..it's more of a personal trial and error as long as you check with your vet first..
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OP- That's really an iffy question..there are some that do work but others that are a complete fluke..When it comes to oils, Any oil containing Omega6 is bad for your horse and causes more harm than good, while oils made up of Omega3 can be great for horses if used right...other good oils are Rice Bran oil (this will also put weight on a horse), Fish oil, sun flower oil, flax seed oil..

When it comes to remedies, it's a lot of personal preference..there are studies that show things like Garlic mixed in your horse's feed will cause less flies..this is true, but it has to be fed regularly and to all of the horses in that area..Dryer sheets can also be used as fly repellents..and so on and so forth..it's more of a personal trial and error as long as you check with your vet first..
How are sryer sheets used as a fly repellent? that is one i haven't heard before.
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How are sryer sheets used as a fly repellent? that is one i haven't heard before.
Laugh..I have no idea..I heard it a long time ago from an old farmer friend and it works, just take a few and rub them on your horse..I guess it's the smell or something, his logic was that it smelled sweet and flys don't like sweet, which makes NO sense but I was taught to respect my elders and just smiled and nodded...I always have a box in my tack trunk and use them if I run out of fly spray and/or rub them on myself..

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hmm im going to have to try that cause my big guy hates fly spray, even the wipe on kind. lol. hey makes them smell like clean laundry too.
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When it comes to remedies, it's a lot of personal preference..there are studies that show things like Garlic mixed in your horse's feed will cause less flies..this is true, but it has to be fed regularly and to all of the horses in that area..Dryer sheets can also be used as fly repellents..and so on and so forth..it's more of a personal trial and error as long as you check with your vet first..[/QUOTE]

But over time causes anemia.

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But over time causes anemia.
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check with your vet first..
My point exactly..

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another problem is even when a scientific study shows, herb A has effect B, there is no standard dosage, or controls in any of these snake oil formulas. Often you really have no idea what you are buying. Slapping the word "supplement" on a product is a get out of jail free card. Sellers can make any type of claim they want without any repercussions.
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