Nettles – riders always try to avoid them because they are scared about itchy wheals if they weed them.
Nevertheless these medicinal herbs offers many possible applications so that horse owners may not waste their healing effects.
In former times nettles were called the nourishment of the poor. They are able to grow on any soil and where they once appeared they grow in a vast number. Nowadays they are really popular due to their healing effects.
Independently if human or horse: nettles support the cure of many diseases.
The nettle offers a real variety of important minerals and nutrients. The fruits contain vitamin E and enzymes. Moreover the plant provides a high concentration of iron, calcium, potassium, magnesium, vitamin A and C as well as a lot of proteins. It even has more proteins than the soyabean!
Interior areas of application
For feeding nettles riders need to pick it. One must not be scared: if you put on glows and move the hand only from bottom to top you will not get any wheals. Mostly one can find them on grazed pastures because horses instinctively avoid them. Due to this they are the only left plants on the whole pasture. After collecting them the nesstles have to get dried so that they loose their burning acids. Feeding this dried nesstles helps to cure various diseases of the horse.
Vitamin C and Iron
The vitamin C and the iron of the nesstle stimulates the production of red blood cells. This supports the therapy against anemia: the production of the blood cells counteracts against the reduction.
Vitamin E and Proteins
Vitamin E and proteins effect a cleaning of the whole body. They stimulate the digestive tract what means the stomach, intestine, liver, pancreas and bile.
If horse owners want to make a nettle therapy they can feed 30-50 gramm per day for a period of about 4-8 weeks. Mainly this effects the coat of the horse. After some days one can already notice a clear improvement: a rare and dull coat becomes more shiny and healthy.
Moreover feeding nettles is a prevention against several diseases. Scientists found out that nettles help to avoid laminitis, osteoarthritis and rheumatism.
External areas of application
Some horses refuse to eat nettles. Nevertheless riders can make use of the medicinal herb so that they support the health of the horse. Just take 300 gramms of dried nettles and put it into 1 litre of water. The water needs to cook for ten minutes. Then use a colander for fishing out the twigs. You can softly rub the brew on the coat of the horse.
- Foxglove – extremely toxic for horses and humans
- Monkshood- the most poisonous plant plant in whole Europe
- St. James-Ragwort: very poisonous and an acute threat for horses
- St John´s wort – beautiful flower but toxic effects for horses
—All statements without guarantee—