About the Horse Therapist herb mix
The costs and use of herbs
The herbs are measured for a period of approximately 5 weeks, depending on the amount that you give to your horse. Experience has shown that after 5 to 6 weeks the horse has taken enough out of the herb mix. The combination of the herb mix has done its job, the horse indicates that it is no longer needed and that it needs a new herb mix.
After 5 to 8 weeks, certain herbs also lose their effect or can no longer be given due to possible side effects. Some herbs can be given more often or longer in succession. Just never give the same herbs to your horse for months or years.
If after this period we start measuring again for a herb mix, we see that the horse has new needs and now opts for a different composition of herbs. In the case of illness, stress and pain, we sometimes see certain herbs return to the mix.
The regular use of our herb mix helps the horse to stay in good condition and helps prevent colic and disease. The nutrients in the herbs help to maintain physical and mental balance and complement the daily needs of the horse. Most of our customers use the herb mix as basic maintenance for their horse, but the herb mix can also be used for a one-time period.
Horse owners sometimes find herb mixes expensive, but is that true? For an average horse you pay € 47 per herb mix per 5 weeks excluding shipping costs. This has been rounded off to €1.30 per day. If you include the herb mix in your feed management then you need 10 herb mixes per year. Concentrated feed is cheaper, but what are you trying to save money on? The health of your horse?
If you use herb mixes for your horse or pony and this is (again) healthy and balanced, you have the following benefits:
- You consume to a much lesser extent on concentrated food or supplements. This saves you a lot of money on expensive products.
- The costs for the veterinarian are reduced, because the horse is healthy and balanced and therefore much less susceptible to colics, stomach ulcers, bacteria, eczema, viruses and especially food-related diseases (EMS).
- The horse is more trainable, it no longer needs to process any physical products that do not suit it, which can cause stiffness and acidification.
- The horse can be itself mentally. Partly due to feeding too many sugars and a horse having stomach pain will change a horse mentally in a negative sense.
- The horse is less susceptible to injury because joints and connective tissue are also supplied with the right nutrients.
- The horse often gets better quality hooves and a nicer coat.
- Herbs have a preventive effect and help with problems and the recovery of the horse.
The function of herbs
Herbs are not a medicine with a fast effect, but it takes time to work. Medications often contain a specific ingredient extracted from a herb by the pharmaceutical industry. This means that the component is very concentrated and can be used in a specific dosage for a problem, but it also often has side effects due to the relatively 'intense' effect and synthetic substances that are added to the medicine. The use of medication cannot always be prevented, but if it succeeds, it is a bonus!
Herbs have a much wider spectrum of effect and can help with both physical and mental problems. All the active ingredients in an herb actually work together and complement each other. Peppermint leaf, for example, can support the digestion, but also help with unrest. Because it goes through the natural way, it needs a lead time and that can take a few days to weeks depending entirely on the condition of the horse and the nature of the problems. In severe cases changing the constitution of the entire horse can even take longer than a year, where the horse has been out of balance for a long time.