Garlic for horses
How safe is it?
When kept at safe levels, garlic for horses is a natural ingredient with healing powers and many health benefits. As long as given in low doses, garlic has many positive effects.
Garlic can be regularly given to horses for its every day benefits, or it can be given specifically for certain diseases and infections that may be noticed.
These are the potential benefits of giving garlic:
- Lowers blood pressure
- Fly repellent - Garlic powder can also be added to the coat of the horse for additional repellency.
- Anti-inflammatory - Garlic is naturally an anti-inflammatory substance. It can reduce swelling.
- Cures respiratory diseases - Garlic has many positive effects on the respiratory system, and it can fight infections in the lungs, as well. If the horse is having problems breathing or coughing, it can potentially stop the issue.
- De-wormer - It can rid the horse of tapeworms, pinworms and roundworms.
Those are all the health benefits of using garlic for horses.
Similarly with other pets and animals, if garlic is given in high doses on a regular basis, it can have negative effects.
Here are some of the situations when you should avoid feeding garlic to your horses:
- If your horse is anemic - Garlic in high doses can damage or reduce the count of red blood cells in the horse. Anemic horses should not be fed garlic.
- Ponies - These animals may have not developed a strong enough immune system or high enough red blood cell count. Giving garlic to these young horses could have serious side effects.
- Horses that are pregnant - Because there have been limited studies on pregnant horses, make sure to keep garlic away from pregnant horses to make sure it won't negatively affect the birth.
Most horse owners that supplement garlic to their horses add a teaspoon of garlic powder to their horses diet every day. Some horses do not like the taste of garlic and will require a mixture of something else to hide the taste.
While garlic for horses is safe, before adding garlic to their diet, make sure to contact a veterinarian familiar with your horses habits and health. When you start supplementing their diet, pay close attention to your horse the first few weeks to make sure there are no negative side effects.
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