Dandelion for horses is a plant packed full of nutritional goodness. Dandelion leaves contain a healthy milky sap, and they also include more iron and calcium than spinach. Dandelion leaves are rich in vitamins, especially vitamin A, and mineral-rich, particularly high in potassium.
- Vitamins A, B, C, D and K
- Horses who need hoof laminae support – for its nutritional goodness as part of a feeding regime
- Support digestion as a mild laxative
- Help with general detoxification
- Cleanse and support the blood and liver
||G PER DAY
||SCOOPS PER DAY
|Horses and ponies
||30 – 50
||3 – 5
A 1.5 kg tub fed at 30g per day will last 50 days
1 x level 100ml scoop (enclosed) = 10g
|Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale)
|Crude ash 8.3%
Crude oils and fats 3.2%
|Crude fibre 10.1%
Crude protein 13.8%
A feed material for horses. Store in a cool, dry place. Replace lid securely to avoid deterioration of contents. Keep out of reach of children
✓ Aids the function of body fluids safely and effectively
✓ Aids urinary tract function
✓ Supports digestion
✓ Helps with general detoxification
✓ Cleanses the blood and liver
Dandelion flowers, leaves and roots are all safe to be eaten by horses and humans. Dandelions have been used for centuries for their therapeutic properties – often as herbal teas. Dandelion for horses’ natural fluid balancing properties make it useful for detoxification.
One of many old English folk names for the dandelion is ‘wet the bed’, a reference to the fluid-balancing effect of the roots of the herb. Other names for the dandelion include blowball, puff ball, cankerwort, milk-witch, Irish daisy, monks head and priest’s crown.
Dandelion root for horses has powerful blood and liver cleansing and purifying properties. Dandelion leaves for horses can also help to support healthy skin and may be used as a mild appetite stimulant and to assist in supporting healthy stomach function. Dandelion can be used to improve digestion.
The rich nutritional content of dandelion for horses means that it is often recommended as a dietary supplement for horses prone to laminitis.
Many horses will graze on dandelions when they have a virus, if they come across them growing wild, because they are instinctively drawn to them because of their supporting actions. However, unlimited consumption of dandelion leaf for horses and flowers is not recommended because the plant can also stimulate the production of bile – needed as part of the digestive process. Too much bile can cause loose faeces and some discomfort in the intestines and liver. Feeding Equestrizone Dandelion leaf for horses allows you to give your horse the natural benefits of dandelion in a convenient supplement form that you can control.
The flower heads of the dandelion are yellow to orange in colour and they close up at night. The flower heads mature into ‘clocks’ of silver-white seed heads each held on a fine hair which are easily blown away to disperse the seeds. This efficient system makes Dandelions a very common weed growing across Europe and other parts of the globe. They were introduced to North America by early European immigrants.
The dandelion’s botanical name is Taraxacum officinale. ‘Officinalis’ indicates its perceived value as a herb because it is derived from the word opificina, later officina, meaning a workshop or pharmacy.
Dandelion is believed to have been around for millions of years and it grows all over the world’s temperate regions, including the UK, often in lawns and on the sides of roads. Its English name comes from the French phrase ‘dent de lion’, meaning ‘lion’s tooth’ and referring to the jagged edges of the plant’s leaves.