Nettle (Urtica dioica).
Nettle plants are a rich source of vitamins and minerals. The dried herb is a popular choice for many riders looking for a general all-purpose tonic for their horses.
Traditionally, feeding nettle to horses has been used as a natural body fluid regulator, and it is useful for supporting the natural flushing action of the urinary tract. It has also been fed for many years to encourage a lovely bloom and dappling of the horse’s coat.
It also has properties that help encourage natural responses to seasonal allergies and assists in maintaining good mobility in the musculoskeletal system.
- Antioxidant flavonoids
- Vitamins A, B complex, C, E and K
- Horses and ponies that need urinary tract support
- Support a glossy coat
- Support good musculoskeletal health
- Horses with seasonal allergies
- Aid the maintenance of the body’s natural anti-inflammatory responses
- Support the body’s natural anti-inflammatory mechanisms
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A 1.5 kg tub fed at 45 g per day will last 33 days.
Nettle plants are so common that you find them almost everywhere - and we usually consider them to be weeds.
But they are actually rich in vitamins and minerals. They were valued by our ancestors as a nutritious food item as well as for their ability to support natural healing.
Nettle is actually the common name for between 30-45 species of flowering plants of the genus Urtica in the family Urticaceae. Pegasus Health Nettle is the most common and best-known of all the UK nettles, known as the stinging nettle or Urtica dioica. It is also called the common nettle.
The Latin name ‘dioica’ means 'two houses' - referring to the fact that the male and female flowers are normally carried on separate plants.
The word 'nettle' may come from the word ‘noedl’ meaning a needle - referring to the sting you get from the leaves. Drying the leaves, or allowing fresh leaves to wilt in the sun, removes their sting.
High levels of phosphate and nitrogen in the soil provide an ideal environment for stinging nettles to grow.
Nettles contain large quantities of iron, potassium, manganese, calcium and vitamins A, B, C, E and K. This rich source of nutrients means that nettle leaves – after wilting or drying - have traditionally been used as a spring tonic for horses.
Nettle for horses supports uric acid removal from the blood and can help support joint health including natural mobility and flexibility.
Nettle can support horses with seasonal allergies due to its helpful effects.
Nettle for horses can be fed in its dried form, or, to speed up its good effects, you can make an infusion with the herb so that its goodness is more quickly absorbed by the horse. Add 500 ml of boiling water to the daily amount of herbs. Allow it to cool and then use the herb and water mixture to dampen down your horse’s feed. Soaking the herb overnight in cold water will also work in a similar way.
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