Turmeric for Horses – How to Feed
When feeding turmeric for horses there are no set rules with regard to dose as each animal will have individual tolerances.
As a guide use the ingredients in the following ratios for maximum effect:-
- 10mls turmeric powder
- 10mls oil (cold pressed coconut, olive or linseed) (If using micronised linseed 30mls – ratio 3:1)
- 6 – 8 grinds of fresh black peppercorns
- Golden Paste Recipe
Measurement tip: 10mls is a dessertspoon measure in the UK
Always buy good quality turmeric and use an oil / pepper to ensure maximum absorption.
Many owners simply add the ingredient directly in with their horses feed, dampen it down a little and mix well. If you use a feed that already contains a fat/oil content you may not need to add any additional oil.
If you can administer twice a day that’s great but once a day will still have benefits.
Start your horse off with one teaspoon twice a day and gradually increase the dosage.
You know your horse so you can monitor any changes and you can increase the dose on a weekly basis until you reach a healthy maintenance level. This level can vary enormously – from horse to horse.
For horses you can use micronized linseed in place of the oils mentioned above. It is an excellent source of Omega 3,6,9 oil and may be more convenient.
PLEASE DO NOT USE COMMERCIAL TURMERIC CAPSULES THAT CONTAIN A HIGH LEVEL OF CURCUMIN EXTRACT AS THEY MAY CAUSE DAMAGE TO HEALTH IF USED LONG TERM