Over the past five years, vet Stephen Ashdown has written many
articles, spoken on equine matters and contributed widely to horse
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them common problems which afflict horses.
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(Garlic-The root and bulbs are the most beneficial parts of the
Q: Please can you advise me on the use of wild garlic? My hedgerows
are full of it, but the horses grazing in the field never touch
garlic gives off a very similar smell and contains similar plant
chemical to the normal garlic that we use in cooking and to feed
out horses. However the most beneficial parts of the plant are in
the root and this part of wild garlic is very small compared with
that of commercially - grown garlic. Your horses are not attracted
to eating the leaf parts of the plant, probably because there is
no really benefit in eating this part.
know what plants are best for them to eat, and it is only imbalances
in diet or lack of suitable forage that forces them to eat abnormally.
Garlic can be very useful in horses for skin conditions, keeping
off flies and to aid breathing.
Use an everyday
commercial brand if you would like to try it, or crush your own
fresh bulbs, which is even better. Fresh garlic is the only form
of garlic, which has strong anti-bacterial action for gut, skin
and chest problems.
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