Herbs are drugs and should be used with caution! Herbs are not meant to be used over prolonged periods of time. They are meant to used for a short period of time and then discontinued. Many herbs are contraindicated for use with other medications that you or your horse may be taking.
Garlic, for example, should not be taken by anyone on blood thinners such as warfarin (coumadin). Garlic has been shown to help prevent hardening of the arteries by reducing the ability of platelets to stick together. This can result in the tendency toward bleeding, which is contraindicated for those on blood thinners.
Another example is Devils Claw. In humans it has been said that Devils Claw is a uterine muscle stimulant. Therefore, this herb should never be given to pregnant mares or pregnant women.
Herbs have many uses and can be very useful in human and animal nutrition. Consult with someone knowledgeable in the use of herbs before taking them yourself or giving them to your horse.
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