Have you got rosemary growing at home?
It’s a really useful herb to have around. Most of us don’t think about rosemary for horses.
You can cut it then dry it and make it into a powder to brush onto your horse’s coat to help repel flies, ticks and lice.
You can make it into an infusion and then a spray to also help repel insects.
Get a big jug or bowl and put the rosemary leaves in the bottom.
Pour boiling water over it, allow it to cool and that becomes the
infusion to use in the spray.
If you want it to repel flies & insects you might want to simmer the rosemary in water on the stove with some lemon that is cut up for about 30 minutes. Let it cool, strain it and make it into a spray. You can add other herbs such as wormwood when you are simmering it on the stove or afterwards you can add a few drops of essential oils to the spray such as garlic, lavender or neem oil (which has a really strong scent).
You can use the plain rosemary infusion as an antiseptic wash for cuts, grazes and skin irritations. (Disclaimer: Natural therapies are not intended to replace veterinary advice.)
Rosemary infusion is great as a final rinse after shampooing – particularly for dark horses.
Make the infusion by simmering some rosemary in water on the stove. Let it cool. Then sponge or pour the rosemary infusion all over your horse. It leaves a lovely, silky feel to the coat, mane and tail. You can pop a bit of apple cider vinegar in the rosemary rinse too if you want.
Rosemary has traditionally been used as a wormer. I wouldn’t rely upon that as the only form of worming but you can feed half a tablespoon of powdered rosemary leaf for a few days around the full moon.
Rosemary is used to support circulation, so it may be useful as part of an herbal mix for founder and other circulatory problems.
You could dry use dried rosemary around the stable. For example; if you’re storing your saddle pads or your horse rugs in some sort of container you could put dried rosemary in there to help repel the insects and to perhaps help with the mildew or mould.
It can be tied together and hung around to stables to help repel
Perhaps add other insect repellent herbs such as; wormwood.
It can be made into an oil infusion for arthritis, either by itself or with other herbs such as ginger. This can be applied to affected joints.
It has anti-viral and anti-fungal properties. I have used it as part of a mix for lymphangitis. I remember one horse who grazed on the rosemary bush when she had lymphangitis.
Rosemary is useful for skin in general and to enhance hair growth. So if the mane and tail are a bit short you can add a bit of rosemary to your horses’ feed.
It grows easily in drier climates and is easy to grow around the stable.
I hope that this has motivated you to use a bit of rosemary and maybe even use it in your cooking.
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Wishing you and your horses all the very best of health and happiness.