Turmeric has become one of the most popular herbs to feed in a horse’s diet due to its many benefits, and we have been using it in our herbal blends for years. But why is it so popular, and how should you feed it?
It has a strong soothing action with antioxidant properties that are commonly used for digestion, skin and joints which make it the perfect all-round supplement to feed without breaking the bank!
Our Turmeric contains an average of 3% curcumin and 3.5% cracked black pepper to aid maximum absorption into the horse’s body. It can be used routinely mixed into the feed on its own, or it can be used alongside other supplements such as Restore. There have been many debates over whether using freshly ground black pepper is more effective than using pre-ground black pepper, but we believe having it pre-ground is just as effective and also saves horse owners a lot of time when it comes to mixing feeds. Having said this, if you choose to add additional black pepper to the feed to encourage better absorption, there is no harm in doing so.
We also recommend that a good quality oil is fed alongside Turmeric, and for optimum results we suggest Flax Oil. This supplement is packed full of Omega 3, 6 and 9 and keeps the skin and coat in great condition. Not only this, it also acts as an emulsifier to protect the horse’s digestive system from the Turmeric as it is quite a strong herb, while also encouraging a good uptake of the nutrients within it.
Based on a 500KG horse, our Turmeric should be fed at a rate of 1 x 25ml scoop (included in tub) twice a day. The Flax Oil should be fed at 10ml for every 100KG of bodyweight daily. For example, a 500KG horse would need 50ml of Flax Oil each day, which can be split into two feeds with 25ml in each. Both the Turmeric and the Flax Oil can be mixed straight into the feed, or you can create a paste before mixing if preferred.
Please note, Turmeric can stain so please exercise caution when using it. Please also take veterinary advice before feeding to pregnant mares.