Wild horses eat a variety of grasses, weeds, shrubs, and herbs. Studies have shown that the consumption of these different plants and herbs each serve a purpose in keeping a horse healthy, some working as a natural dewormer, while others are quick cures for minor health problems. The truly amazing part is that horses are able to pick and choose what herbs they need and when.
Even when with keeping a horse in a natural environment. very few people think about providing their horses with a variety of free choice herbs. But with warmth on they way, you can easily grow a variety of plants for your horses to eat. You can plant the seeds in containers or in the ground around around horses pasture. There is no guess work or measuring on your part after planting. Your horse will know which herbs and how much to eat. Providing free choice herbs is an easy way to replicate another part of a horse’s natural life and allow him to live the way that nature intended.
Sage: Much of a wild horse’s environment has a variety of sage and sagebrush. This herb has antibacterial properties and can help regulate the amount of parasites in a horse’s body.
Yarrow: With anti-inflammatory properties, this plant also helps to repair body tissue and helps with detoxifying.
Chamomile: This plant can help a horse’s digestive system.
Cleavers: A great plant for detoxifying lymph nodes.
Spearmint/Peppermint: Good for digestive system.
Rosemary: Besides having anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, this herb can also work as a natural insect repellent when consumed.
Parsley: Helps with function of the nervous system. Can also help horses with arthritis.
Stinging Nettles: This plant can do a variety of jobs. It provides horses with a variety of minerals, is a great blood clotter, helps with arthritis, and helps skin and coat.
Thyme: Great for the lungs and digestive system.