Cleavers (Galium aparine).
Cleavers herb for horses is a powerful tonic herb and it works to support body fluid balance, as well as supporting the lymphatic system.
The many positive actions of cleavers for horses are enhanced when it is given to a horse or pony alongside marigold for horses (Calendula officinalis). The two herbs for horses have a supporting and enhancing action on each other.
- Iridoid glycosides (monotropein, asperuloside, aucubin)
- Phenolic acids (caffeic, gallic)
- Vitamin C
- Support good circulation in the legs of horses
- Support healthy functioning of the equine lymphatic system
- Support urinary tract health
- Improve coat, hoof and hair quality
|Feeding cleavers to horses
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A 1.5 kg tub fed at 40 g per day will last 37 days.
Are cleavers good for horses?
Cleavers supplement for horses is particularly useful for its ability to support the healthy functioning of the lymphatic system. It is a popular supplement for swollen glands and for supporting healthy urinary tract function - cleavers and marigold for horses.
A climbing plant with long stems, Cleavers is also known as clivers, goose grass, catch weed or scratch weed, stickyweed, stickyleaf, robin-run-the-hedge and coachweed. Most of its popular names refer to the clinging nature of the plant.
Both the stem and the leaves have fine hairs with tiny hooks at the end making them cling to clothes and fur - like the burrs of the burdock plant which gives us the supplement burdock root for horses.
Clivers horses is regarded by many people as a troublesome weed - it grows rampantly and often quickly overpowers surrounding plants - but cleavers for horses is a very helpful herb, and most horses and ponies will eat it enthusiastically.
The botanical name for cleavers is Galium aparine. The word ‘aparine’ is derived from the Greek word ‘aparo’ meaning ‘to seize’ - another reference to the way it clings to anything that brushes against it.
In human herbalism, the crushed herb is sometimes applied as a poultice to sores and blisters and its juice has been taken by people down the years as a spring tonic.
Geese are said to be particularly fond of cleavers, leading to its name of goose grass, and it is often fed to poultry. It grows abundantly across Britain and the rest of Europe as well as in North America. Are cleavers good for horses.
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