Comfrey for horses is best-known for supporting natural healing of bone, cartilage and soft tissue. Because of these properties it is sometimes nicknamed 'knitbone' and ‘bruisewort’. It is still used as forage for horses in some parts of the world.
Horses comfrey is also effective to support mobility and stomach health. If you suspect your horse has colic you must seek veterinary advice. Comfrey leaves for horses also acts to support respiratory health.
Comfrey for horses contains:
- Essential oil
- Steroidal saponins
- Tannic acid
- Vitamin B12
- All horses who need support for natural healing, especially to bones and joints, and also to the muscles and other soft tissues
- Horses who need extra respiratory support
- Horses who need extra stomach support
The name comfrey comes from the Latin word ‘confervere’ meaning 'to heal'. Its botanic name, ‘Symphytum’, is Greek for 'to grow together'. Both these names describe this plant’s primary benefit to horses - which is to support fast natural healing through the presence of a substance called allantoin.
Comfrey is an excellent source of vitamin B12. It is one of only two plants that contain this vitamin - the other one is alfalfa.
Comfrey leaf for horses is a fast-growing plant with big, hairy leaves which can spread like wildfire. It is native to Europe and parts of Asia, growing in damp, grassy places, and grows profusely throughout Britain on river banks and ditches. It is a fleshy plant that needs lots of water which is why it is often found in wet or boggy places.
Herbalists have sung the praises of comfrey leaf for hundreds of years. The plant has been cultivated since about 400 B.C. as a healing herb. In medieval Britain, comfrey was the key treatment from broken bones, and this is when it is believed to have acquired the name ‘knitbone’. People would pound the root of the plant to make it into a moist and sticky substance which was then wrapped around the broken bone and would eventually harden and hold the bone in place.
Many herbs, including comfrey for horses, can be fed in their dried form, but to speed up their effects you can also make an infusion with the herb which allows the active constituents to be more quickly and easily absorbed by the horse.
Comfrey can support stomach and colon health, and is said to work well to help support respiratory health. Q&A using comfrey horses.
Down the years many horse owners have allowed their horses to graze on comfrey leaves growing wild and say that it has helped them develop glossy coats and generally enhance their condition and wellbeing.
In common with many herbs, excessive, long-term and continual use of comfrey for horses is not advisable. Equestrian using comfrey.