Poll

Herbs for Horses?

Would you consider herbal supplements like aloe vera, witch hazel, etc. for your horse?

Yes
73%
1205
Only if my veterinarian or a nutritionist recommended it
19%
319
No
5%
76
I don't know
2%
40

Total votes cast: 1640

Comments & Write-in Answers

Due to the clinically unproven nature of most supplements I use only those those recomended by vet.

8/12/2008 12:01:47 AM

I've tried some and they work.

8/11/2008 11:54:06 PM

i dont know if my horse will need it or if he/she will have a reaction to the herbal suppliment

8/11/2008 10:42:18 PM

I've used them and they seem to work better.

8/11/2008 10:40:02 PM

Witch hazel is great

8/11/2008 7:13:34 PM

To do things as natural as possible for the horse.

8/11/2008 6:03:31 PM

My equissage/nutritionist recommended daily aloe juice after finding my mare was sore in her kidneys

8/11/2008 5:15:28 PM

They could be toxic!

8/11/2008 4:11:37 PM

Only after I researched it completely

8/11/2008 2:23:08 PM

I really don't know that much on herbs for horses...

8/11/2008 1:26:41 PM

horses use herbs naturally; why not use appropriate herbs for your horse

8/11/2008 1:15:01 PM

I use many on myself with good results, why not on my horse?

8/11/2008 12:47:23 PM

They work for me!

8/11/2008 12:28:57 PM

dont do nuttin

8/11/2008 12:02:26 PM

If helpful to my horse, will try anything that vet approves.

8/11/2008 12:00:31 PM

I am of the theory.....if it "ain't broke, why fix it??"...

8/11/2008 11:18:39 AM

They are effective, natural remedies that have been used for centuries

8/11/2008 9:48:49 AM

I believe in supplements, for exampleI feed my horse ground flax seed added to their grain.

8/11/2008 9:01:09 AM

anything is worth a try

8/10/2008 10:36:36 PM

ALREADY DO, BELIEVE HERBS ARE BETTER FOR THEM THAN CHEMICALS

8/10/2008 9:31:39 PM

We have used herbal supplements and found them to be effective for their intended use.

8/10/2008 4:41:11 PM

I currently use Aloe, indide and out. It helps ith digestion and also on the outside helps with swel

8/10/2008 4:27:06 PM

I would want to know more about them

8/10/2008 3:35:58 PM

because I have used them and they really do work with my horses. they help with the fly irritation.

8/10/2008 1:32:28 PM

only if there is some sort of money-back guarantee on the product, or comes well recommended.

8/10/2008 12:55:15 PM

Yes and have used successfully and had vet insight on use of them

8/10/2008 12:37:37 PM

they work

8/10/2008 11:33:22 AM

I use herbs

8/10/2008 9:19:35 AM

I have used medicinal herbs for horses with positive results.

8/10/2008 7:03:02 AM

Herbs if used appropriately can be very benificial for our equine friends.

8/10/2008 6:16:55 AM

Horses eat herbs more readily and they can produce great results.

8/9/2008 10:20:29 PM

Looking to calm my hormonal mare down.

8/9/2008 7:14:37 PM

It has been used successfully for many years

8/9/2008 7:02:11 PM

toxic

8/9/2008 6:09:52 PM

i trust natural remedies

8/9/2008 4:25:44 PM

It would be those items that are not out of the ordinary.

8/9/2008 3:03:02 PM

Herbs were some of our first medicines and still are components of new medicatons

8/9/2008 2:12:08 PM

i have been for 20 years

8/9/2008 12:50:34 PM

natural health has "cured" my MS. I do not hesitate to use it on my animals.

8/9/2008 9:38:08 AM

ihave used them myself for a variety of treatments with no side effects, that is absolutely the best

8/9/2008 9:13:31 AM

mare aborted due to herbs

8/9/2008 4:20:57 AM

it si an old reamedy

8/9/2008 1:59:18 AM

I'll always choose an herb or food before drugs.

8/9/2008 12:05:48 AM

Depends upon the amount and integrity of scientific testing of these herbs and the data outcome.

8/8/2008 10:49:08 PM

natural and herbal are best

8/8/2008 10:28:35 PM

absolutely i would & do with success & few to no side-effects

8/8/2008 10:13:59 PM

I give my old 25 yr old Paint gelding Antiflam, which is an herbal supplement for pain, he has sore

8/8/2008 9:21:12 PM

If it's not typically apart of a horse's diet, then I would rely on my vet for recommendations.

8/8/2008 8:31:16 PM

Devil'sclaw/yucca mix in BL Solution works dramatically for my horse's pain/soundness.

8/8/2008 8:15:23 PM

I am in the medical field and know the dangers of medicines. Natural is OK for some things.

8/8/2008 7:43:23 PM

I have seen positive results with herbs.

8/8/2008 7:10:52 PM

when you got a ill horse you will try anything you think might help.

8/8/2008 5:56:43 PM

If the herbal treatment is proven safe I would.

8/8/2008 5:39:36 PM

If it would help my horse feel better then absolutely

8/8/2008 4:35:26 PM

We have used herbs on our OTTB's for years with great success.

8/8/2008 4:18:56 PM

many do just as good a job as the real drugs

8/8/2008 3:44:18 PM

I use witch hazel for insect bites

8/8/2008 3:37:36 PM

love the natural approach

8/8/2008 3:00:49 PM

Herbal supplements are a good thing for people or horses.

8/8/2008 2:51:40 PM

I currently feed my horses blue/green algae which has had a positive affect on their coats and hoove

8/8/2008 2:27:38 PM

I already do use devil's claw, garlic, milk thistle

8/8/2008 1:59:45 PM

It works!

8/8/2008 1:52:00 PM

80% of my supplements are herbal, especially for my mares.

8/8/2008 12:55:21 PM

I believe herbal supplements are very safe and effective

8/8/2008 12:53:53 PM

I already use them with great success in my equine massage business.

8/8/2008 12:51:37 PM

what would be the benefits?

8/8/2008 12:16:42 PM

Always, my horses are real healthy and I am always getting compliments on it

8/8/2008 11:02:35 AM

i got a herb for them

8/8/2008 10:56:02 AM

Because many are proven safer for horses and humans than DRUGS!

8/8/2008 10:11:31 AM

If the supplements I was considering

8/8/2008 7:28:32 AM

Product quality is questionable; all side affects & interaction with other substances aren't known

8/8/2008 5:50:56 AM

I use several herbal supplements (both oral and topical) with my two OTTB's who respond quite well.

8/8/2008 4:26:04 AM

Used numerous "old-timers" remedies with excellent results.Unless it sounds too weird or toxic.

8/8/2008 1:58:21 AM

I use herbs to treat PPID, with great results at lower cost than drug therapy.

8/8/2008 12:50:53 AM

Since herbal supplements aren't tested as much as drugs, I'd be careful

8/8/2008 12:43:31 AM

I use herbal supplements and remedies with great sucess

8/8/2008 12:05:36 AM

If i know it is safer than a drug,synthetic supplement,etc. Some herbs are dangerous if over used.

8/8/2008 12:04:14 AM

Natural products are better than using chemicals on them.

8/7/2008 10:53:35 PM

we already use supplements. Our vet is aware.

8/7/2008 10:43:57 PM

What's the point? Herbs can do damage just like anything else if not used properly.

8/7/2008 9:16:50 PM

I already use a large variety of natural supplements

8/7/2008 9:13:42 PM

Because many of them will throw a positive drug test

8/7/2008 8:40:25 PM

My horses are doing fine with the grain, hay and mineral suplements they receive. I would have to s

8/7/2008 8:25:13 PM

Used them once, they were expensive and I couldn't tell if them worked. Gave them up.

8/7/2008 8:20:01 PM

Its been proven to work great on humans, it works on horses as well. not everything you use has t

8/7/2008 8:05:35 PM

Not likely to help, may hurt.

8/7/2008 8:03:00 PM

Possibly healthier for the horse where applicable.

8/7/2008 7:56:49 PM

Consider as complimentary to medical care, not in place of

8/7/2008 7:41:43 PM

they work

8/7/2008 7:21:01 PM

I feel natural know supplements are a better avenue then chemicals

8/7/2008 7:20:49 PM

I already use garlic, ginger, apple cider vinegar

8/7/2008 7:12:04 PM

I don't think my vet would have a clue but a herbalist might

8/7/2008 7:09:36 PM

Just like in humans, some can react w/prescribed meds. Even short term meds.

8/7/2008 7:04:31 PM

They work! Less Chemicals/more natural

8/7/2008 6:56:36 PM

have used some successfully in the past on horse (and human!)

8/7/2008 6:34:21 PM

Natural Medicine has always been a first option for my horses

8/7/2008 6:28:59 PM

Of course! I already use aloe vera on cuts and dry, itchy spots - tail rubbing, etc.

8/7/2008 6:23:46 PM

We use several products that are OTC and prescribed Chinese herbs etc. with good effect.

8/7/2008 5:56:03 PM

animals are intended to consume plantsand natural substances:metabolic compatability, lower toxicity

8/7/2008 5:54:09 PM

there are many books and resource information which contain valuable information on herbs

8/7/2008 5:54:09 PM

herbs potency varies too much and makes them dangerous

8/7/2008 5:27:00 PM

No scientific reason to do this. The reccomendations are generally made by a non-qualified person

8/7/2008 5:22:47 PM

A 'healthy' alternative really isn't needed...

8/7/2008 5:15:34 PM

aloe soothes the gut

8/7/2008 5:09:36 PM

These are ages old proven remedies, many of which I use myself.

8/7/2008 4:48:53 PM

Already is use, very effective

8/7/2008 4:44:26 PM

I don't know alot about these types of herbs, so npt knowing I would need advice.

8/7/2008 4:43:39 PM

Herbal remedies are an effective way of healing without using harmful chemicals.

8/7/2008 4:37:40 PM

I am currently give herbs to my horse with great results! Where do we think modern medicine started?

8/7/2008 4:23:02 PM

I use herbs now on my mare, called moody mare, and raspberry leaf on my gelding, along w/garlic wrks

8/7/2008 4:22:15 PM

IR horse, not messing with her feed program

8/7/2008 4:22:09 PM

Another ploy to separate horse owners from their money unless somebody produces affordable products

8/7/2008 4:21:58 PM

zero scientific proof they work

8/7/2008 4:19:17 PM

All natural is my preference

8/7/2008 4:15:54 PM

I'm a scientist and I want a scientific basis for doing things.

8/7/2008 4:10:20 PM

eco friendly and they work

8/7/2008 4:01:45 PM

I already do

8/7/2008 3:59:52 PM

I use, algae for minerals, essential oils for any breathing issues, Schreiners Herbal solution al

8/7/2008 3:57:00 PM

currently use

8/7/2008 3:49:47 PM

if health warranted

8/7/2008 3:46:55 PM

I have used them. They work. Case in point, the vet left her to die. She's still here!

8/7/2008 2:29:13 PM

I've seen unusual items work, w/knowledge & common sense.

8/7/2008 2:10:16 PM

I already work with a nutritionist

8/7/2008 1:42:10 PM

have used - mare w/ kidney failure. Lasted 5 more years!

8/7/2008 1:33:21 PM

I have used aloa vera juice myself. With in 3-4 months my stomach pains went away

8/7/2008 1:20:29 PM

Used several types with great results.

8/7/2008 1:10:27 PM

We have used milk thistle and others on our race horses with excellant results!

8/7/2008 12:52:32 PM

I use Aloe Vera only on my horses sunburned nose.

8/7/2008 12:47:55 PM

we use aloe cream on cuts and scrapes now

8/7/2008 11:55:46 AM

Mother nature provides a lot of natural supplements that are better than man-made stuff.

8/7/2008 11:54:19 AM

Herbs are my first line of defense with my horse.

8/7/2008 11:41:08 AM

They are natural substances, and of great value.

8/7/2008 11:14:55 AM

Would rather try something natural first before hitting the pharma.

8/7/2008 11:10:28 AM

I do use herbal supplements and with great results, honey is a great antibacterial and antifungal

8/7/2008 10:57:57 AM

Absolutely if research shows that it would be beneficial.

8/7/2008 10:31:07 AM

yes, garlic, to hopefully help with bugs

8/7/2008 9:51:13 AM

but I would want to run it by my vet

8/7/2008 9:31:49 AM

Would use with careful research

8/7/2008 9:15:39 AM

If a trusted friend recommend an herbal that might help my horse, I may try it and see what I think.

8/7/2008 9:09:54 AM

I rely on the expertise of my herbalist so my horses have a balanced diet and I don't waste money.

8/7/2008 8:55:09 AM

If it's proven to help, why not? I would be careful of side effects, though.

8/7/2008 8:51:59 AM

I use straight Glucosamine now because I don't want any other additives, also I would try natural pa

8/7/2008 8:31:22 AM

It would depend upon what it was and if there was any credible data to prove it could help

8/7/2008 8:25:09 AM

I have watched horses select wild herbs on their own in the pasture

8/7/2008 7:30:22 AM

Only after study because they work.

8/7/2008 7:23:03 AM

I have no reason to doubt the good ones

8/7/2008 6:43:30 AM

I already use herbs and the change is wonderful.

8/7/2008 6:28:33 AM

herbal remedies have been used long before vets came into the picture

8/7/2008 4:34:54 AM

I do already: horses are after all planteaters

8/7/2008 3:06:11 AM

prefer natural to chemical

8/7/2008 2:48:38 AM

I already use many herbs with my vet's blessings

8/7/2008 2:43:09 AM

I have found herbal medicine to work very well internally and topically.

8/7/2008 2:33:22 AM

I already use(d) milk thistle; kelp; dandelion in 2 of my horses for different reasons

8/7/2008 12:52:30 AM

If there was documented evidence of its effectiveness.

8/7/2008 12:50:11 AM

I use them for me so why not my horse too!

8/7/2008 12:28:11 AM

I would use because they work. I use hatural products for myself too.

8/6/2008 11:19:52 PM

I do for me, why not my horse who eats 'herbs' every day.

8/6/2008 10:42:49 PM

But I would first check with my vet.

8/6/2008 10:41:50 PM

Already do. Have one horse that is alergic to most store bought fly sprays.

8/6/2008 10:08:42 PM

God gave us cures for everything

8/6/2008 9:41:07 PM

because they work! I use chinese herbs I get through my vet - they help my horse's osteoarthritis

8/6/2008 9:01:23 PM

30+ years of success

8/6/2008 8:52:40 PM

Because APF works.

8/6/2008 8:47:03 PM

Only topically to treat minor scraps or cuts

8/6/2008 8:36:35 PM

Compare with other options available cost effectiveness, etc.

8/6/2008 7:59:15 PM

I have, I do, and they WORK!

8/6/2008 7:53:26 PM

I use a concoction of about 5 herbs for my horse now for skin, etc.

8/6/2008 7:44:38 PM

I use spirulina on a mare with heaves. Really helps.

8/6/2008 7:43:34 PM

It really depends on what I'm using it for...

8/6/2008 7:38:27 PM

I use natural products and have not had any negative side affects. I use friendly bacteria when swi

8/6/2008 7:31:06 PM

Most of these things are ineffective, but some of them have real side effects. Too much risk.

8/6/2008 7:21:19 PM

believe in homopathy

8/6/2008 7:08:09 PM

I would use if research data supports

8/6/2008 6:54:25 PM

total waste. horses have very delicate systems plus most natural cures are strictly placebo

8/6/2008 6:52:03 PM

I already use several herbal supplements from the advise of my veterinarian. I feel they work.

8/6/2008 6:25:33 PM

With proper instuction, herbal remedies have a place in human and horse med.

8/6/2008 5:52:48 PM

I already use herbs for marey behavior, skin irritations, calming for a cribber, gastric distress

8/6/2008 5:28:59 PM

I use them on me with great success, why not my horse?

8/6/2008 5:17:47 PM

I think a natural supplement is always the way to go as long as you do your research.

8/6/2008 4:38:23 PM

Aloe vera is great for wounds; arnica is great for muscle soreness

8/6/2008 4:32:59 PM

depends on what herb it is and what it is used for.

8/6/2008 4:28:31 PM

I had previously used a Chinese Herb for respirtory issues, spent a small fortune and it didn't work

8/6/2008 3:58:12 PM

I have used Aloe Vera juice in the past and it has helped with stomach issues.

8/6/2008 3:58:10 PM

Verernarian medicine is wonderful and has extebed the horses life but sometimes simple is better.

8/6/2008 3:47:43 PM

Sometimes the old ways are the better way without side effects.

8/6/2008 3:40:39 PM

Dependant on condition/circumstance presenting

8/6/2008 3:38:33 PM

I am currently having GREAT success reliving my horse's navicular pain w/ an herbal bute alternative

8/6/2008 3:07:13 PM

I already use natural and herbal supplements.

8/6/2008 2:53:09 PM

THEY WORK -PERIOD

8/6/2008 2:13:22 PM

aloe vrea juice is very soothing for horses with GI irritation

8/6/2008 2:02:15 PM

depends how well it actually works

8/6/2008 1:17:26 PM

As long as I had reliable info on use/toxicity I would try them but I would also ask my vet

8/6/2008 1:07:05 PM

Herbs, used correctly can be beneficial

8/6/2008 1:06:54 PM

I've discovered that they work in many cases.

8/6/2008 1:01:30 PM

they have worked for thousands of years and 90% of drugs are derived from plants.

8/6/2008 12:47:37 PM

In some cases it could be a cheaper and safer solution to treatments

8/6/2008 12:36:09 PM

Topically, yes; internally, no. Not enough is known about them.

8/6/2008 12:33:11 PM

I am currently giving my mare burdock, ginseng, butcher's broom, hawthorn berries, and pomegranate e

8/6/2008 12:30:44 PM

I use them now

8/6/2008 12:25:20 PM

I currently employ an herbaist and ALWAYS consult her b4 a vet. Works everytime.

8/6/2008 12:24:26 PM

Currently using Devil's Claw as a long-term bute substitute.

8/6/2008 12:11:32 PM

I have been using them for some time with good results

8/6/2008 12:10:00 PM

ONLY if effective; I have been given some very ineffective herbal treatments/supplements by my vet.

8/6/2008 12:06:45 PM

Vets are more receptive to using herbals than medical drs and they are effective in a lot of cases

8/6/2008 11:58:54 AM

would want to know the horse needed such a supplement before administering it to him.

8/6/2008 11:31:48 AM

We rely on herbal remedies for D/E where other options are ineffective.

8/6/2008 11:23:01 AM

I have tried tumeric for inflammation.

8/6/2008 11:19:57 AM

a horse cannot be a horse if it has to wait for anything to be given to them

8/6/2008 11:14:32 AM

good luck in past with herbal treatments for cronic illness vs drugs for symptoms

8/6/2008 11:13:52 AM

Herbs have many medicinal qualities, and are often gentler to the system than artificial products.

8/6/2008 11:09:45 AM

After research and consultation with professional herbalist.

8/6/2008 11:02:50 AM

I've used them for years and they work wonderfully.

8/6/2008 10:59:41 AM

I use herbal remedies all of the time for my allergy prone horses with good results.

8/6/2008 10:56:10 AM

if there are good healthy benefits to feeding it. Would want to research to prove the benefits of fe

8/6/2008 10:46:49 AM

I use silver linings for joint health--33 yr. old horse It is great!!

8/6/2008 10:46:47 AM

I believe in the power of herbs. I use them myself.

8/6/2008 10:39:20 AM

Must know how safe any supplement is, especially since my horse has chronic medical conditions.

8/6/2008 10:37:56 AM

I have a mare who developed an ulcer after a bad allergy attack. hives. Put her on aloe vera juice .

8/6/2008 10:35:32 AM

I use some of them now with very good result but only after consulting my vet.

8/6/2008 10:33:44 AM

Herbal supplements can be effective (e.g., Jiaogulan for laminitis)

8/6/2008 10:32:49 AM

Herbs are rarely around in a domestic situation would be in the wild

8/6/2008 10:14:32 AM

We have found aloe vera to protect the stomach lining when a horse is on maintenance bute.

8/6/2008 10:11:58 AM

I would like to add seeds of certain herbs to pasture mix when reseeding. Chammomile, rosemary, etc

8/6/2008 10:11:57 AM

Cost to much

8/6/2008 10:11:12 AM

My horses eat herbal supplements daily; everyone comments on their lovely coats and overall health.

8/6/2008 10:08:07 AM

already using things like this - they WORK

8/6/2008 9:48:58 AM

I already use herbals

8/6/2008 9:45:15 AM

I do use herbs, find some very helpful

8/6/2008 9:40:39 AM

I use herbs with much sucess, after all herbs were the first "medicines years ago."

8/6/2008 9:40:31 AM

historic use and general safety

8/6/2008 9:35:46 AM

Many are safer and have fewer side effects than other chemicals.

8/6/2008 9:26:27 AM

At this time there is no good studies in humans or animals to support the use of herbs and what dose

8/6/2008 9:25:32 AM

We show and can not risk a positive test for a seemingly harmless ingredient but one that is banned.

8/6/2008 9:14:17 AM

I have used herbal supplements with success for my horses, having consulted books on herbal therapy

8/6/2008 9:10:16 AM

Far more conclusive research needs to be done on the benefits (or not) of herbal supplements.

8/6/2008 9:05:14 AM

It finally cured his ulcers.

8/6/2008 9:00:21 AM

If appropriate and safe for the individual horse, absolutely!

8/6/2008 8:52:20 AM

I would consider it with my vets approval.

8/6/2008 8:51:37 AM

I use devil's claw for pain management of an old injury.

8/6/2008 8:50:46 AM

I use herbal supplements both internal & external whenever I see the need

8/6/2008 8:36:11 AM

Not a big supplement fan unless absolutely necessary

8/6/2008 8:31:10 AM

For those of us who use herbs in our own diets, we know how powerful herbs can be if used effectivel

8/6/2008 8:27:53 AM

Have done so with good results

8/6/2008 8:24:32 AM

I currently use aloe, garlic and spirulina regularly for my horses

8/6/2008 8:18:29 AM

Favor natural vs chemical

8/6/2008 8:12:56 AM

They work for me, What we call modern medicine has been around for maybe a few hundred years. Herbs

8/6/2008 8:12:13 AM

Better testing needed

8/6/2008 8:12:03 AM

I have recently started mine on herbs for kidney cleansing, it works.

8/6/2008 8:08:06 AM

most of the horses in my training barn benefit from herbal and botanical supplements

8/6/2008 8:03:38 AM

But they would have to convince me of the NEED for it.

8/6/2008 8:00:50 AM

I ask my vet first & if she says it's okay, I use it.

8/6/2008 7:49:47 AM

only if I am 100% sure that they are safe to use and what the herbal supplement is used for.

8/6/2008 7:37:48 AM

I have used herbal supplements for years...internally and topically.

8/6/2008 7:35:52 AM

Already do and find them very helpful.

8/6/2008 7:34:03 AM

I use tea tree oil(topical) colodial silver on my horse now w/great results, for wounds/rain rot,etc

8/6/2008 6:56:47 AM

I use herbs and therapeutic grade essential oils on all my animals

8/6/2008 6:56:09 AM

withc hazel contains alcohol.

8/6/2008 6:56:04 AM

I believe that we put way too many chemicals (i.e. paste/daily wormers) into our horse.

8/6/2008 6:15:36 AM

it works!!!

8/6/2008 5:29:01 AM

only if I was given enough evidence from several experienced and wise professionals

8/6/2008 3:43:20 AM

If he needs it. The right herbs can have benefits for your horse's health.

8/6/2008 3:34:48 AM

It's easy to overdo a good thing

8/6/2008 2:31:43 AM

If I had continued with conventional medicine, my horse would now be blind, or dead.

8/6/2008 2:02:38 AM

have found benefit in the past

8/6/2008 1:45:53 AM

Have used herbal supplements for years but will used prescription meds when necessary

8/6/2008 1:42:22 AM

I've used herbs for years with great results

8/6/2008 1:37:09 AM

Drugs are wonderful but sometimes the old world stuff is best

8/6/2008 1:33:25 AM

I have used Aloe vera juice several times for colicky bellies and it is great!

8/6/2008 1:25:19 AM

already use

8/6/2008 1:13:34 AM

Depends on the supplement and what it was supposed to do.

8/6/2008 1:00:49 AM

It works. Alternative therapies are less invasive and healthier.

8/6/2008 12:51:34 AM

Why Not?

8/6/2008 12:44:51 AM

because herbal supplements are more natural healing product and are much easier on a horses system

8/6/2008 12:38:53 AM

Because they work WAYYY better than pharma-poison.

8/6/2008 12:34:44 AM

I use echinacea all the time for inflamation and imune boosting

8/6/2008 12:33:23 AM

I treid arnica (?) on my mare when she tore a ligament and it worked. I applied it twice a day for a

8/6/2008 12:28:28 AM

many herbs have been used for years

8/6/2008 12:20:59 AM

natural is better!!

8/6/2008 12:19:04 AM

I am very interested in herbal supplements. My Arabian mare got cushings and would not eat the medic

8/6/2008 12:10:13 AM

Yes, I've used both cinnamon and dandialions to help a horse. to

8/6/2008 12:06:23 AM

Because she could be allergic to something in it

8/6/2008 12:05:25 AM

I have used aloe vera for my mare who has a sensitive stomach and have had great results with it.

8/5/2008 11:58:04 PM

they work!

8/5/2008 11:55:39 PM

open mind to alternatives if one suggested remedy isnt working

8/5/2008 11:51:04 PM

I have used natural products and had great success with them.

8/5/2008 11:25:36 PM

they work so well treating many of my health problems I feel they would do the same for my horse.

8/5/2008 11:16:33 PM

I prefer something tested in controlled studies.

8/5/2008 11:11:15 PM

I use them successsfully for myself, why not horses?

8/5/2008 11:02:49 PM

I have found GREAT success with herbal supplements with my horse.

8/5/2008 10:54:44 PM

They work

8/5/2008 10:54:17 PM

I tried herbal remedies b4 on household pets. It's expensive and not that great

8/5/2008 10:45:54 PM

maybe a few of them but i don't know enough about what they do & the interactions with others.

8/5/2008 10:40:57 PM

My horses are already on an all Herbal *diet*

8/5/2008 10:40:54 PM

If I had a reputable source of info for what would work

8/5/2008 10:39:42 PM

I use aloe vera for all my animals, myself included. Great stuff!!

8/5/2008 10:34:23 PM

I currently use Chinese herbs for my horse and they are very effective for his situation.

8/5/2008 10:31:25 PM

we already use aloe and marshmallow root for diarrhea...and it's a miracle for our horses in rehab!

8/5/2008 10:27:03 PM

If it serves a purpose for treatment

8/5/2008 10:20:22 PM

yeast guard for white line disease

8/5/2008 10:19:11 PM

I think drugs are used too freely & too indiscrimantely for the littlest issues.

8/5/2008 10:08:40 PM

already use devil's claw & aloe vera

8/5/2008 10:06:18 PM

Although herbs themselves are drugs, many are safe and enhance digestion, mood, etc. in proper amts.

8/5/2008 10:01:45 PM

I'm a board certified naturopath. Common sense and precautions should always prevail though

8/5/2008 9:56:27 PM

I work with an herbalist who helps me keep things as natural as possible for my horse.

8/5/2008 9:53:32 PM

Aloe vera (pnly the real 99.9 pct aloe stuff) cured my diarrhetic pony when nothing else worked

8/5/2008 9:39:01 PM

I use a herbal product instead of bute it works better & doesn't cause ulsers & can use more often.

8/5/2008 9:38:00 PM

Used wisely, herbals can be a great help.

8/5/2008 9:35:52 PM

My 3 Arabs receive garlic, dandelion, kelp, flax seed meal, etc.

8/5/2008 9:35:50 PM

my horses are on natural diets. Supplementary herbs for many problems

8/5/2008 9:34:04 PM

they are much better for the animal then chemicals. I use Mare Magic for my one mare.

8/5/2008 9:33:17 PM

because they WORK

8/5/2008 9:30:27 PM

already use tea tree oil for a number of things from wound care to fly spray ingredient

8/5/2008 9:29:31 PM

I've done it for years with good results.

8/5/2008 9:26:59 PM

Aloe Vera seemed to be a grat ulcer soother for a cribbing horse that we rescued.

8/5/2008 9:20:21 PM

sometimes they do work.....worth a shot as long as it isn't a life threatening illness

8/5/2008 9:16:40 PM

I use them successfully on myself

8/5/2008 9:10:48 PM

its witch craft I tell you

8/5/2008 9:05:12 PM

Been using them for years. Those "old wives" can be pretty smart.

8/5/2008 9:01:07 PM

Currently use many herbals, but get info. from reliable sources.

8/5/2008 8:56:08 PM

I have used many types of herbs including aloe vera juice, jiaogulan, ginseng, with great results!

8/5/2008 8:54:56 PM

Sure; why not?

8/5/2008 8:52:16 PM

I am open to using nutraceuticals when they have been proven efficacious.

8/5/2008 8:51:45 PM

herbs are natural sources of healing and medications. may or may not be beneficial.

8/5/2008 8:51:44 PM

I already do, for heaves, Wendells Respiratory and garlic.

8/5/2008 8:48:30 PM

I use them myself with success!

8/5/2008 8:47:26 PM

I have been using Devil's Claw-Yucca for years for my arthritic 23 year-old horse

8/5/2008 8:47:26 PM

Yes I have used herbal supplements with success.

8/5/2008 8:41:46 PM

Aloe Vera juice was literally a life saver after severe colic impaction-vet ok'd

8/5/2008 8:41:04 PM

Not enough research, too much money, unproven, ?safety?

8/5/2008 8:39:20 PM

already have, works great.

8/5/2008 8:38:18 PM

If I knew which ones to use, I would use them because I think they are healthier.

8/5/2008 8:34:01 PM

I have used herbal remedies for years. My Veterinarian agrees.

8/5/2008 8:29:17 PM

i give my mare b-l solution; young horse has been on aloe vera for ulcers

8/5/2008 8:26:04 PM

I do now. FM 11 and CS Flex from circlestarfarms.com

8/5/2008 8:22:21 PM

Has helped in my experience

8/5/2008 8:21:00 PM

Herbal remedies can be a non-toxic, less expensive way to enhance health, or heal, if used correctly

8/5/2008 8:19:47 PM

for topical use only

8/5/2008 8:16:32 PM

If there was a legitimate reason to use and reasonable chance of success with using it

8/5/2008 8:16:08 PM

Because they need a variety of minerals, vitamins etc

8/5/2008 8:10:19 PM

I use Silver Lining herbs daily and it has decreased my vet bills to nothing!!!

8/5/2008 8:08:31 PM

I have used them, on advice of a vet for a medically complicated horse & to avoid a lifetime of pred

8/5/2008 8:08:25 PM

I already use alternative therapies on my DSLD horse.

8/5/2008 8:07:28 PM

stuff is NOT inspected. Falls under non food and non perscription drugs

8/5/2008 8:04:17 PM

a sarcoid tumour removed by the Vet regrew and I got rid of it with castor oil poultices

8/5/2008 8:00:19 PM

I would expect vets to recommend based on scientific principles. When they rec. herbal, will use.

8/5/2008 7:51:20 PM

use only homepathic remedies now. Have great results and only half the price

8/5/2008 7:40:08 PM

traditional western medicine does not have all the answers.

8/5/2008 7:38:34 PM

they are highly benifical to us as humans so it would only make sense that it would also be for them

8/5/2008 7:31:51 PM

I've used herbals for my horse and myself with much success.

8/5/2008 7:23:18 PM

Most medicines are herb or flower based and homeopathic equine practitioners have been using them

8/5/2008 7:20:56 PM

many times herbs work better without the side effects of alopathic meds

8/5/2008 7:15:59 PM

Western Medicine only treats the symptoms where as alternate medicine can help the problems

8/5/2008 7:14:30 PM

Herbals are found to be a safe and effective treatment for some horses.

8/5/2008 7:13:05 PM

If it's good enough for me it's good enough for my horse

8/5/2008 7:12:46 PM

For topical things

8/5/2008 7:11:01 PM

I'm all for using natural herbs to help keep my horses healthy. I use some of them now.

8/5/2008 7:02:02 PM

I have seen them work.

8/5/2008 7:01:29 PM

I've used herbs both internal/external. Horses respond extremely well to them.

8/5/2008 7:00:54 PM

Witch ahzel is good for topical remedy

8/5/2008 7:00:12 PM

They have a long history of safety and effectiveness

8/5/2008 6:59:12 PM

I use herbs on myself, my dogs and cats. Have used on horse with success.

8/5/2008 6:58:25 PM

I have been using herbs for years, they are much safer then drugs and without all the side effects.

8/5/2008 6:57:02 PM

my horse absolutely loves the human-grade chunks of dried ginger, even without sugar, as a treat

8/5/2008 6:51:45 PM

Used Hilton Herbs Easymare for spring heat for years it's helped my mare get thru it w/no colic

8/5/2008 6:51:38 PM

The 'ole timers' used herbal supplements with success & had better horses.

8/5/2008 6:48:12 PM

under vet's auspices

8/5/2008 6:46:18 PM

i have used spirulina and garlic - great stufff

8/5/2008 6:44:26 PM

I run a horse rescue and have used herbs for a variety of healing purposes for over 20 years

8/5/2008 6:41:27 PM

I already use aleo

8/5/2008 6:36:48 PM

I prefer all things natural.

8/5/2008 6:31:14 PM

natural is always better than chemical.

8/5/2008 6:24:50 PM

Sure, I have tryed some products on myself and my horses.

8/5/2008 6:24:11 PM

it worked several hundred years ago, so why not?

8/5/2008 6:15:06 PM

I've used herbals on a varieyt of animal with GREAT success

8/5/2008 6:11:54 PM

Have had great success with natural products

8/5/2008 6:10:43 PM

yes and i have done so

8/5/2008 5:59:12 PM

Have used ginger, and herbal supplements with success!

8/5/2008 5:59:03 PM

I use devils claw and yucca to help with muscle stiffness and soreness with my horse!

8/5/2008 5:58:33 PM

been doing it for 20plus years w/ great results

8/5/2008 5:55:37 PM

I did use herbal supplements in my horses feed when it was il and it did no good at all.

8/5/2008 5:53:43 PM

They sometimes work better than traditional meds and are more cost effective

8/5/2008 5:53:14 PM

I am an equine herb alist and aromatherapist, so I'm convinced

8/5/2008 5:51:52 PM

Would prefer to use under the supervision of a vet, esp. for potential ineractions with other meds.

8/5/2008 5:50:58 PM

Yes, because I have used various herbs for my horses and they work just fine.

8/5/2008 5:50:53 PM

Because they work and there are no side effects. I have been using them for years.

8/5/2008 5:50:25 PM

but only if they were proven to work!

8/5/2008 5:49:21 PM

Been sing them for years - they work.

8/5/2008 5:45:45 PM

Many popular linaments contain herbs;other herbal preparations (internal & ext.) are quite effective

8/5/2008 5:45:31 PM

I use aloe vera juice

8/5/2008 5:37:07 PM

i have had great success, already, with alternative and herbal remedies and supplements.

8/5/2008 5:35:31 PM

I use herbal and homeopthay, works great

8/5/2008 5:35:12 PM

Absolutely, if there is proof of the advantages and curative abilities of these remedies.

8/5/2008 5:32:59 PM

I use chaseberry and it is helping to keep a 28 year old mare looking and feeling like 18.

8/5/2008 5:32:49 PM

I believe some things are compatable to the horse and some are not

8/5/2008 5:31:55 PM

Most herbal remedies have not been tested enough for 2ndary effects & can do more harm than good.

8/5/2008 5:31:33 PM

Scientific studies showing it worked would make me consider it.

8/5/2008 5:28:56 PM

It is important to be aware of what exactly one is feeding one's horse

8/5/2008 5:22:07 PM

Have been using them for over 25 years with some great results

8/5/2008 5:20:48 PM

I believe the secret for health is found in nature.

8/5/2008 5:18:57 PM

Already use some. Vet and nutritionist recommended.

8/5/2008 5:16:52 PM

many herbal and other natural remedys work as well as modern drugs often without the damaging side e

8/5/2008 5:14:45 PM

Have used several supplements recommended by vets with good success

8/5/2008 5:14:45 PM

some herbal supplements are very beneficial to horses; just as they are for humans.

8/5/2008 5:12:58 PM

For the same reason I use them myself. Natural, no/or less side affects, less expensive.

8/5/2008 5:12:00 PM

They all aren't FDA approved

8/5/2008 5:10:19 PM

I give my horse dandelion root & rescue remedy already.

8/5/2008 5:09:02 PM

Natural herbal supplements and homeopathic remedies are wonderful compliments to traditional medicin

8/5/2008 5:04:10 PM

I have been succesfully using herbs for a variety of conditions and situations for the past 6 years.

8/5/2008 4:58:51 PM

yes, but w/ caution & lots of info first. Herbs from my naturpathic vet I would prefer

8/5/2008 4:58:40 PM

Herbs are more natural than chemicals. Horses seek out herbs on their own to self medicate.

8/5/2008 4:57:47 PM

Used them on advice from a 'holistic' vet and they helped.

8/5/2008 4:56:19 PM

I am an herbalist and there are many books on it. They work gently and well.

8/5/2008 4:54:35 PM

aloe vera for ulcers seems to help

8/5/2008 4:53:29 PM

Some of them are effective.

8/5/2008 4:53:07 PM

have used them with success

8/5/2008 4:51:33 PM

I've heard herbal supplements are very good for horses

8/5/2008 4:50:23 PM

very sensitive skin - chemical products have even burned her skin

8/5/2008 4:50:03 PM

have previously used herbs

8/5/2008 4:50:00 PM

have been using for 10 years

8/5/2008 4:49:46 PM

have used them before on many occasion for rain rot, pretty severe wounds, and wormings...they work!

8/5/2008 4:48:49 PM

Horses respond great to anything natural, including energy work and chiropractics.

8/5/2008 4:44:33 PM

It's only natural. Whats good enough for me is good enough for my horse.

8/5/2008 4:43:19 PM

I believe there are natural therapies that can be very helpful

8/5/2008 4:43:19 PM

I like products that are natural as opposed to chemical. It's safer for my horses.

8/5/2008 4:43:15 PM

I use seaweed now and its fantastic for his coat.

8/5/2008 4:43:11 PM

Because I already use them.

8/5/2008 4:39:51 PM

I will be using tea tree oil to treat fungus.

8/5/2008 4:37:48 PM

And I have used some herbals - very effectively

8/5/2008 4:37:15 PM

Yes, but only the supplements that I'm familiar with.

8/5/2008 4:36:00 PM

I have tried a few, including colloidal silver, though that is not an herb.

8/5/2008 4:35:07 PM

I have successfully used Aloe on skin wounds and scratches.

8/5/2008 4:34:07 PM

I've used Devils Claw & Yucca for my horses and it works!

8/5/2008 4:33:53 PM

natural and not synthetic!

8/5/2008 4:31:07 PM

OTC availability & valid history of efficacy

8/5/2008 4:30:30 PM

I would need to see research on efficacy since herbs are not regulated.

8/5/2008 4:30:06 PM

Not any more! They are unreliable due to potency diffenences and unverified claims!!

8/5/2008 4:29:30 PM

We already use a product called Silver Lining

8/5/2008 4:28:44 PM

Have already done so and have seen positive results.

8/5/2008 4:27:41 PM

HAVE USED SEVERAL WITH GOOD SUCCESS

8/5/2008 4:27:17 PM

I use garlic and raspberry leaf already

8/5/2008 4:26:51 PM

I prefer natural to synthetic for both my animals and I

8/5/2008 4:26:45 PM

The horses body knows how to use plantbased herbs

8/5/2008 4:24:31 PM

we use lots of natural supplements on our rescue horses with great success

8/5/2008 4:23:31 PM

I already have used some herbal supplements with varying degrees of success.

8/5/2008 4:18:44 PM

Veterinary medicine is still a "practice", not a "perfect". Alternative meds. should be considered.

8/5/2008 4:18:31 PM

I use spirulina and jaiogulan to help stabalize my mare with COPD. It makes a huge difference in her

8/5/2008 4:17:12 PM

because i have had positive improvements from using them.

8/5/2008 4:17:03 PM

I think there are many more natural ways to treat horses.

8/5/2008 4:15:56 PM

Whatever works - herbs have been used in care for humans for centuries; why not horses too.

8/5/2008 4:14:51 PM

I am very careful to be sure they are safe for horses

8/5/2008 4:14:24 PM

Many herbal remedies are safe and effective, though some are not

8/5/2008 4:12:51 PM

Because most modern medicine has some basis in herbal remedies.

8/5/2008 4:12:01 PM

i use them for myself

8/5/2008 4:11:11 PM

I've been using them for years with some success.

8/5/2008 4:10:04 PM

I already do--raspberry leaves for my mares

8/5/2008 4:08:40 PM

They are helpful.

8/5/2008 4:06:04 PM

used aloe vera for colicy horse

8/5/2008 4:05:59 PM

Already use some herbs & alo vera juice

8/5/2008 4:05:03 PM

mnay herbs have benefits that people are unaweare of.

8/5/2008 4:04:55 PM

lots of recognised meds are plant extracts

8/5/2008 4:04:25 PM

I use seabuckthorn oil for my horse suffering from "sweet itch" and it cleared it up immediately!

8/5/2008 4:03:29 PM

I already give garlic cloves (to help with the flies) sunflower seeds for protein .

8/5/2008 4:03:07 PM

i have used herbs for myself for years and have been quite sucessful. my vet has even recommended s

8/5/2008 4:01:31 PM

Have used them on myself with success. Expect the same with horses.

8/5/2008 4:00:31 PM

my vet practices eastern and western med. and has great success with the eastern side, I have used w

8/5/2008 3:58:18 PM

I use them & they work

8/5/2008 3:57:01 PM

Most meds are derived from plants/herbs/Natural supplements (if efficacy+need match) make sense.

8/5/2008 3:56:24 PM

With me I always try natural first, comes to reason with the horses too!!

8/5/2008 3:56:05 PM

I feed raspberry leaves to my mare to clam her

8/5/2008 3:55:48 PM

Already do!

8/5/2008 3:55:38 PM

It works - traditional remedies used for hundreds of years!

8/5/2008 3:54:41 PM

I already use some herbal medications, including lavender-based wound gel.

8/5/2008 3:54:32 PM

Unsubstantiated claims!

8/5/2008 3:54:01 PM

Use various herbs whenever indicated

8/5/2008 3:51:55 PM

I currently use DMG and have used others in the past

8/5/2008 3:51:49 PM

There is much to be said for integrative veterinary treatments.

8/5/2008 3:50:18 PM

If I knew it would not harm my animal and was helping why not?

8/5/2008 3:48:25 PM

they work wonders!

8/5/2008 3:47:55 PM

Use herbs regularly

8/5/2008 3:46:31 PM

I already provide my own supplement made from Aloe Vera, Apple Cider Vinegar, ground flax and garlic

8/5/2008 3:45:00 PM

Have been doing it for years, with excellent results and no side-effects

8/5/2008 3:44:42 PM

I already do

8/5/2008 3:43:50 PM

isn't a herb a beneficial, or useful plant? Stretch a point, so is alfalfa.

8/5/2008 3:42:49 PM

Yes, but I want PROOF that whatever I'm spending my money on works!!!

8/5/2008 3:40:37 PM

Definately would

8/5/2008 3:39:29 PM

they have been around for centuries and are all natural

8/5/2008 3:38:34 PM

Yes- but only those that have been tested for safety in horses

8/5/2008 3:31:50 PM

I do now.

8/5/2008 3:31:47 PM

already do with very good results

8/5/2008 3:31:28 PM

I do now

8/5/2008 3:30:01 PM

I think their proper diet has all the nutrients they need- this would be a desire for $ by companies

8/5/2008 3:28:18 PM

I have used herbs for many years with great results.

8/5/2008 3:25:01 PM

I've used them myself and they work! But I would want solid information on dosage amts. , etc.

8/5/2008 3:23:10 PM

I have used herbs before and they work wonderfully and are safer than other meds

8/5/2008 3:18:09 PM

Because I know that alternative modalities work for humans and our companion animals. Used in conjun

8/5/2008 3:17:08 PM

currently use them for many reasons...teh ones I've tried have generally worked

8/5/2008 3:16:51 PM

I already use giogiluans as a lamminitis treatment

8/5/2008 3:14:57 PM

I have have great results using herbal supplements on my "Cushings" horse and recommend to everyone!

8/5/2008 3:12:39 PM

I think Aloe Vera is incredible for what it does as a preventative and theraphy.I use Aloe Advantage

8/5/2008 3:11:28 PM

Use all the time.. animals are more receptive to herb/homepathic treatment than humans.

8/5/2008 3:07:27 PM

Had GREAT results combining herbs with traditional meds in my horses, especially my EPM horse

8/5/2008 3:07:21 PM

I am open minded about atternative medicine-herbs, accupuncture, massage, supplements -- all good!

8/5/2008 3:04:39 PM

Most medicines today are chemical formulations of old herbal remedies. Herbs are natural & effective

8/5/2008 3:03:25 PM

I have used them successfully

8/5/2008 3:02:10 PM

Not proven safe or effective. Like people, all horses react differently

8/5/2008 2:54:00 PM

conventional medicine can be facilitated at times with herbal remedies, I say, Sid Gustafson DVM,

8/5/2008 1:49:07 PM

Yes, intensive research is DEFINATELY REQUIRED... even with the ads for ALL Horse products !!!!!

8/5/2008 1:11:44 PM

Any thing I use on myself, I think I can use on my horse...soap,shampoo,conditioner,cuts,wounds

8/5/2008 12:09:19 PM

They work on me, why wouldn't they work on my horse?

8/5/2008 10:55:03 AM

have used them plenty

8/5/2008 10:53:49 AM