Make your own dried raspberry leaf?

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Make your own dried raspberry leaf?

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    10-12-2013, 10:59 PM
Make your own dried raspberry leaf?

Raspberry leaf is a very necessary supplement for my mare. I buy mare magic for $15 for a two month supply (8 oz.). I recently found a website that sells it in bulk for $6 for 1 lb (16 oz/ 4 month supply) I have a friend who grows raspberries and I know they cut the plants down when they're done producing, I wonder if I could dry those leaves and feed them to my horse? Anyone try this?
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    10-13-2013, 08:30 AM
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    10-13-2013, 08:49 AM
Yes, I was picking raspberry leaves in summer to dry for feeding, or making tea in winter. This year they ate all the leaves fresh, as they were allowed near them.
People dry raspberry leaves for their own teas - so why not for a horse? You don't even have to pick them off, just collect them with the stems and dry (can tie in bundles, or pick off the leaves if easier to try)
    10-13-2013, 12:17 PM
Nice! I know he cuts the whole stalks down in the spring, so I could just take them and hang them up in my feed room to let them dry! Awesome! I'm going to try. He has like a 20' by 20' patch of raspberries, so that should at least get me though the year! Awesome! Yay frugality, lol.
    10-13-2013, 01:53 PM
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My mares eat the leaves off our raspberry bushes all summer and they make no difference to them whatsoever in terms of behavior when in season - or at any other time
    10-13-2013, 03:20 PM
Hmmm.. I wonder if it has to be a certain type of raspberry bush? It definitely makes a huge difference with my mare!
    10-14-2013, 08:52 AM
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In what way do they make a difference to her?
According to the ingredients in Mare magic the type of raspberry in it is Rubus Ideaus There are other strains of raspberry bush so could be that only that one is effective
    10-14-2013, 09:11 AM
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Plants Profile for Rubus idaeus (American red raspberry)

You've got nothing to loose drying them and trying it. It grows just about all over. I've got a lot of it at the edges of my pasture. Never seen the horses eat it. The goats certainly loved it.
    10-14-2013, 09:21 AM
My horses don't bother the raspberry leaves. Perhaps the positive thinking has more effect than the actual leaves.
    10-14-2013, 09:50 AM
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I did read an article recently where X number of horses were given a herbal type remedy and X number were given a placebo and the owners of the ones given the placebo rated as a high a success result as the ones on the actual supplement
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