Nature's Medicine Chest for Horse Allergies and Hayfever
Does your horse suffer from allergies and hayfever like symptoms? Spring and summer can certainly be the time of year when such unpleasant problems can make themselves known. Just like humans, horses can suffer the horrible effects of hayfever but luckily there are some wonderful herbs available to ease the discomfort.
Hayfever in horses can often manifest as a recurrent cold like symptom with coughing and streaming eyes. It can be like a constant recurrent cold which your horse never seems to fully recover from. The lungs can become inflamed and your horse can be more susceptible to infections. Head shaking is another possible symptom. He may be tired and lethargic and generally seem quite miserable.
There are different causes to allergic respiratory problems. There are molds, spores and weeds which can be found in hay or even in the pastures during spring and summer. The body can become sensitive to these elements and cause an allergic reaction. When feeding hay it is wise to wet the hay so you are decreasing the dust element.
From a herbal perspective the horses immune system is usually seen to be quite low. You therefore can start treatment by boosting the immune system early in the season. Herbs such as Echinacea, Garlic. Rosehips and Kelp are all great general immune boosting herbs. Echinacea and Garlic will also be helpful for fighting any infection that may be developing.
Natural expectorants can help soothe a cough and clear the passages, making breathing easier for your horse. . Herbs such as Mullein and Marshmallow are 2 such herbs . Vitamins found in herbs can help restore damaged tissues and build up the immune system also.
Natural antihistamines have an important part to play when it comes to allergies. Horseradish is a lovely effective herb and can help reduce streaming eyes and some of the uncomfortable symptoms. Also calming down an over reactive nervous system with herbs such as chamomile is a great way to go.
Brooke, welcome to the forum!
It will be nice to have a new member with knowledge about herbal remedies.
One of my students has a young New Forest pony she bred that was just diagnosed with allergies to over 30 substances!! He is extremely itchy all over and, as a result, had rubbed all of the hair off his tail.
He is going through a series of allergy shots, which has really aggravated the problem. Some of the allergens are different soft woods (shavings), several species of common grasses (hay), corn, dust, fly bites ....and the list goes on.
Any ideas of herbals that can help relieve, at least, the terrible itching? This is a fabulous pony whose value is really compromised by his appearance.
Horse Allergies and Hayfever
with regards to this pony with allergies (which sound rather extensive poor thing) I would suggest a combination of the following herbs. Horseradish is a natural anti-histamine which will help with the itching but you also need to build the ponies immune system which is probably low. Herbs such as chamomile and vervain can help soothe the nervous system which is overreacting to the allergens . I suggest you start boosting the immune system with herbs like rosehips, kelp, echinacea, ginseng about 6 weeks prior to the allergy season.
brookbyherbs. A friend went this route thro an herbalist to treat her horse's heaves and coughing which was a fairly quick onset. Treatments lasted a year with the horse eventually be put down due to his heaves getting much worse. The vet who had attended the horse had recommended proven medications to get the lung inflammation under control the result of pneumonia. Too bad she didn't listen to the vet.
Brookbyherbs, what about Sweet Itch?
I have a horse that is miserable with Sweet Itch. Antihistamines are helping but is there something I could use with it?
Welcome, by the way!
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