Garlic for horses is a popular supplement as it is rich is selenium and sulfur. Sulphur is recognized as having blood-cleansing properties that are useful in treating and preventing equine disease. However, it is essential that over supplementation of garlic does not occur.
Garlic contains a compound called allicin, which is released when garlic is chewed or crushed. Allicin is a natural defence mechanism for garlic cloves against pathogens in the soils.
It has also been stated that garlic supplementation assists in improving equine respiratory problems, acts as a natural fly repellent and maintains beneficial gut flora.
Recommended dosage: 15-60 grams per day depending on the size of the horse. Soak in water until soft and add to feed.
Keep to recommended dosages. Do not use garlic if a horse has been scouring chronically, and use caution if you are feeding garlic to nursing mares as it may flavour/taint the milk and upset the foal’s digestive system.
There is a toxic element in Garlic called N-propyl disulfide which can change an enzyme within a horse's red blood cells, it depletes the cell of a chemical known as phosphate dehydrogenase - whose task is to protect the blood cells from damage caused by oxidation.
For Animal Oral Use Only
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