Preparing your horse for cold weather - McDowell's Herbal Treatments

Preparation is the key

In the Southern Hemisphere, we can start to prepare for the colder weather by considering the general health and wellbeing of our horses.
Most horses can manage through the cold, with a little care! Their coats and body mass, along with good quality natural food like hay (which breaks down in the hind-gut and helps keep the horse warm) all help but some older, young or unwell horses can struggle.
Horses can adjust to colder weather if they have time adjust. Horse and ponies can maintain their tempreature when the temperature is within a certain range. This is known as the Thermoneutral Zone (TNZ). This is the range in which a horse doesn’t need to adjust its physiology to be comfortable. Beyond this TNZ range, horses can alter their metabolism & behaviour in order to maintain their core temperature.


There are few basic herbs and blends that can ensure your horse approaches winter in the best of health. 

Nettle - A great blood tonic and is high in bioavailable iron and vitamins. It stimulates circulation and contains chlorophyll. It can also assist arthritis (helpful throughout winter). 

Dandelion - Rich in potassium, and Vitamins A, B, C, and D, it contains high levels of vitamin A - higher than carrots!

Ginger - Ginger is a warming herb and can help improve circulation to all parts of the body, including the extremities.

Kelp - Kelp contains phosphorus iron, sodium, calcium, magnesium and potassium which makes it great for strengthening bones and assists in the treatment of arthritis and rheumatism. Kelp can also help treat inflammation and may strengthen and promote the glands. It contains iodine, which controls the thyroid - the gland produces hormones that regulate the body's metabolic rate as well as heart and digestive function.

Prepared herbal mixes

Contains ginger and kelp, as well as several other herbs that have traditionally been used to soothe digestion, improve physical mobility and comfort, as well as provide vitamins and trace elements for increased wellbeing.

The herbs chosen for Rhema-eze have been traditionally used to improve comfort and mobility in ageing animals.

Our favourite way to feed out any of these loose dry herbs in the cooler months is to make a tea with hot water, let it cool and then feed a warming mash with Speedi-beet or basic chaff.

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