HEALTHY COAT AND FEET - Can herbs help?

We are all familiar with the expression “No foot no horse” and we all know that fundamental coat health and shine comes from within from a balanced diet.  However there are occasions when our horses and ponies need a little bit extra to achieve that balance or have a specific health issue which needs addressing with something in a tub!
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As with humans and their teeth the reason behind good feet in horses and ponies is part nature (genetics) and part nurture, however if nature hasn’t seen fit to bestow the best of hooves on your equine then help is at hand from a classic vitamin and mineral-rich blend of Deep Sea Kelp, Rosehip shells, Calcified Seaweed and Bladderwrackwhich will provide a balanced blend of vital nutrients to support healthy hoof growth and maintain deep coat colour, top coat and skin condition and all-round optimum health.

Research has confirmed that nutrition plays a major role in the development of strong, healthy hooves and this combination is the natural way to provide the vitamins, trace elements and minerals that horses need to maintain healthy hoof growth.  Hoof & Health is rich in vital minerals such as iodine, sulphur, iron, calcium, copper, magnesium, and selenium together with vitamins including beta carotene, B1, B2, B12, C, D, & E, plus 20 amino acids.

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As mentioned earlier our horses and ponies’ coats are a reflection of their inner health. Loss of condition, a dull scurfy coat, itchy mane, rubbed tail, or sore irritated legs can all be an indication of something not quite right.

If your horse is a picky eater, particularly when in hard work, or you have a senior horse who struggles to hold condition, then Linseed & Fenugreek is the perfect combination for you!  The Fenugreek seeds and the flaked steamed linseed are rich in oil, omegas, vitamins and anti-oxidants, thus providing a tasty non-heating mix to help your horse or pony maintain condition whatever the season.


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Seasonal allergies are the bane of any horse owner’s life and many of us have spent fortunes on supplements, topical products, and specialist rugs in an effort to preserve our affected horse or pony’s main and tail intact.  A combination of herbs such as Linseed, Brewers Yeast, vegetable Charcoal, Buckwheat and Nettle provide a mix which is rich in essential fatty acids (EFAs), vital for maintaining skin and cellular integrity and encouraging natural resistance to irritations, also contains herbs that offer a cleansing and cooling action.Long-term supplementation with herbs such as these are are proven in many cases to reduce the effect of seasonal irritations.

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Topically essential oils such as Rosemary and Lemon Grass in a carrier oil base are used to produce a soothing, cooling, pleasant-smelling lotion which can be applied anywhere on the body.  Smoothed onto the appropriate area and massaged well in it will help soothe irritation and encourage healthy hair re-growth.

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Some horses and ponies are more accident-prone than others and seem to start each day sporting a new cut or graze.  A “magic” cream containing herbs such as both Calendula (Marigold) oil, with its anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties, together with St John's Wort (Hypericum) for maintaining nerve endings, Myrhh with its anti-fungal action (ideal for slow to heal or minor wounds with a ‘wet’ appearance) and Propolis (the resin used by bees to protect the colony against any foreign bodies that enter the hive).In a Shea Butter base a cream like this is perfect for application to minor wounds, cuts or abrasions.

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Heather Giles

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Hilton Herbs Ltd

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