There are very specific foods that support the joints, bones, connective tissue, cartilage, and reduce inflammation. I believe if you give the body what it wants in a 100% natural form, it can produce what it needs.

These are some foods and herbs that can help keep your horses joints stay young, supple and disease free. Its never too late to start incorporating some of these foods into the diet, one iteam at a time or a combination on them. Just remember all changes to your horses diet need to be done slowly, and you need to feed these wholefoods and herbs on a continious basis!!



1-2 oz daily a potent source of sulfur. Sulfur is needed for cartilage health). Good quality MSM can be used instead of sprouting cabbage or kale. If you are worried about feeding sprouted cabbage or sprouted kale they will not have the same gas producing effect as their mature selves, which can sometimes cause digestive issues in horses.

broc sprouts



2-4 table spoons daily, best sprouted but you can also soaked the seed in water for 15 minutes. High omega 3, protein and minerals.

chia seed 


1-2 table spoons of tumeric daily- natural anti-inflammatory. Many suggest feeding tumeric with a fat source, chia seeds can be used as this, they also suggest using a twist of freshly ground black pepper with it for absorption.


1-2 large handfuls daily- excellent for tissue growth. You can dry your own nettles or just cut down the nettles allow to wilt for a day or two and your horses should hoover them up themselves.



 fresh (supermarket) or dried, grate a small thumb size amount daily into feed or half a table spoon of dried ginger into feed (help increase circulation).




Soak one cup of hemp seed over night and add to daily feed. Hemp will help with tissue remodeling.



The vegetable or Celery seed tea. Add 1 cup of chopped vegetable or 1 cup of tea to the diet daily. It can help the kidneys clear waste from the body. Excellent for stiff/sore/swollen joints.



Half a cup of soaked millet daily

Soak the millet for 4-8 hours or over night. Millet will help provides the body with bioavailable silicon for resiliency and flexibility on connective tissue.




Oat straw is highly beneficial for strengthening bones, healing breaks & fractures, and preventing osteoporosis. It has also been shown to strengthen teeth, blood vessels, and nerve sheaths making it an important herb for the skeletal, circulatory, and neurological systems. This can be used as a tea to dampen down feed or feed as a dried herb 1 handful daily.

oat straw



Sprouted seeds and fodder like barley grass contain high mineral content. These real minerals are natural and the body can use them effectively. When minerals are not present in the correct way the body will draw upon its reserves including reserves from the joints and bones thus leaving the joints and bones exhaused of minerals and weaking them.  Sprouting for your horse is a very simple process for more information go to my blog at www.equineherbalist.ie or buy my e-book SEEDS TO FEED.




HERBAL LINIMENTS Relief for pain, inflamed muscles, bruises, and sprains.

Many different herbs can be used a very simple and effective liniment is ginger and cider vinegar.

1 table spoon of ginger to 1 pint of cider vinegar, simmer for 10 minutes with lid on, then bottle while hot , no need to strain liquis. apply to area where needed.

also check out http://mountainroseblog.com/diy-first-aid-liniment/

WATER THERAPY AND ICE Use on strains, sprains, swellings, bruises, inflammation, pain, arthritis, infections, nerve pain, muscle spasms to mention a few.
You firstly need to check your horse’s injury and you must decide if it needs further attention from a vet.

The diet should be as natural as possible, with plenty of exercise and with lots of mineral rich foods like sprouted seeds included, avoid GMO's like soy, over use of oils, and excessive use of sugar & starches.

Herbal pain relief should be used in combination with other herbs. It is always best to get a professional to make any herbal formulas. Some herbs used as natural pain relief include meadow sweet, devils claw, white willow bark, cayenne etc.

You should talk to your vet if you are thinking of using herbs or concerned about your horses health.


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