Horse Herbal Recipes

Some simple, safe, wonderful remedies you can make up at home

Rescue Remedy:  An absolute must for every first aid kit!!

Give 2-3 drops onto the gums or into the mouth in any situation of trauma, shock or stress i.e going to a competition, injury, colic. Can be repeated every 10 mins if required.

Gastric Ulcers

Slippery Elm Bark Powder is used to treat irritation in the gut and bowel and it will completely repair the mucus lining of any affected area.
1/3 cup twice daily mixed into a paste with chamomile tea & syringed into the mouth before feeding.  Otherwise can be added to the food
A single daily dose for a period of 12 weeks will allow complete healing or any ulceration or irritation in your animals gut.


Chamomile has many properties and helps various conditions ranging from skin and nervous system problems to acting as an antispasmodic and a digestive aid.  Chamomile is useful to the digestive system and can be made into a tea to dampen regular feed.
Chamomile is often used to treat colic, scours and other gastro intestinal disorders. The preparation in this case is prepared with 1/3 cup of Slippery Elm Bark powder mixed into a sufficient quantity of cold tea to make a paste. One dose of this paste daily will completely heal the lining of the gastro intestinal tract when given as an uninterrupted 12 week course.
When using Chamomile to treat nervous system problems, a tea is made by adding 4 dessertspoons of flowers to 1 litre boiling water and this is left to steep until cool.
This can be split in half and used (flowers and all) to dampen down the horses feeds morning and evening.
Alternatively the whole flowers can be fed directly to the horse at a dosage rate of 1/2 cup per feed.

Manuka honey

Has been found to be effective against helicobacter pylori – a common cause of gastric ulcers – 1 dessertspoon daily.


This usually means that the horse's whole digestive system has been traumatised such that it goes into spasms or becomes impacted.
Firstly you need to call the vet!

Colic First aid

Prepare tea by putting 6 chamomile tea bags with 3 rosehip tea bags in a litre of boiling water. Allow to cool with the tea bags in it.
Then add a couple of drops of Rescue Remedy and give a quarter of it every couple of hours, maybe first as a drench and later mixed with feed. Use Peppermint tea (3 teabags) mixed with the above if impaction is suspected.

Peppermint tea:  mild sedative actions of the gastrointestinal tract mucus membranes, therefore acts to reduce nausea and vomiting.  Promotes liver and gall bladder function.  Also aids digestion.

General Tonics

Rosehips are an excellent source of organic iron compounds and are higher in Vitamin C than almost any other natural substance. Because the Vitamin C is formed and stored by nature and partnered with Iron, Copper and a trace of Cobalt the Vitamin C is what is termed bio available. This allows it to be absorbed and utilised effectively.

Rosehips play a major role in kidney and adrenal rehabilitation. They are also very beneficial in aiding prevention of Tying up.
With free access to a natural rock salt block, adding kelp or seaweed meal to feed and the use of rosehips, there is no need to supplement with electrolytes which can deplete the horses system.

Preparation: mix 2 dessertspoons of granules into 1 litre of boiling water and this let steep until cool. This tea can then be split in half and used to dampen down the morning and evening feeds. The dosage for a horse in work is one litre per day, fed grounds and all.

Green tea  - 1 cup twice daily – detoxifying – 12 weeks


Manuka honey – anti bacterial, anti fungal, supports healing - apply 2-3 times daily to any skin wounds or lumps.  It needs to be UMF honey & the higher the UMF the better for healing. Can mix 1 teaspoonful of manuka honey into a cup of warm water & syringe a few drops into the eye 3-4 times daily.

Colloidal silver
: Its action as a broad spectrum antibiotic has never been matched by the modern pharmaceuticals in that it produces no drug resistance whatsoever. Can be used to bathe a sore eye or on a skin infection.

Silver is completely safe to take, has no side effects and is cheap and simple to produce. Silver is best used in conjunction with other herbal treatments which support the immunity and the elimination required to completely resolve the infection.

Crushed Millet & Crushed Linseed – Tendon and ligament health. Linseed is high in omega 3 fatty acids which are often lacking in a horses diet especially when fed a grain diet. 1 cup twice daily.


Apple Cider Vinegar – Apply to a bowed tendon using a ladies pad & keeping moist – take off after 24 hrs, clean & dry leg then re apply as needed.  Aids in re integration of healthy cells

Linseed Meal Porridge: mixed with Linseed Oil and Minced Comfrey Leaves applied warm to any ligament or bone injury. Breaks, Chips, Splints, Torn or Bowed Tendons will speed up recovery by a factor of 3 or 4. They can be replaced every couple of days.

Epsom salts – 1 handful in 5L of water and soak foot for 30 mins twice daily to draw out an abscess.  Don’t use once abscess is open/burst

Slippery Elm Powder Poultice: mixed with Castor Oil. These can be made quite small and used as a drawing poultice for cleaning out wounds or infected material. Please note that if using Castor Oil, you must only use it when there is a hole to draw through.

Some common conditions where herbs are of benefit;
Pain – arthritis, post surgery
Healing/Post surgery – soft tissue or orthopeadic
Nervous Behaviour
Respiratory problem
Gastrointestinal imbalance
Skin problems
Cancer support
Liver or kidney problems

The herbal preparations that I use can be used in conjunction with western medicines in a holistic approach to improve the outcome for you animal and aid in prevention.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any further questions regarding herbal medicines for your animal or would like to discuss your animals condition.

Dr. Raquel Butler BVSc, mBTAA, mCIVT
EMRT/CCMRT practitioner,
Herbal Medicine
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