Spirulina for horses is a dense, green powder derived from fresh water, blue green algae. In laboratory experiments it has been documented, both in vitro and in vivo, as having potent anti-histaminic, anti-inflammatory and immune system moderating effects. Feed horses with spirulina to support skin and lung health as well as providing an excellent source of protein.
Spirulina is often used as a vegan source of protein and vitamin B12. It is between 55-70% protein, but studies suggest it is a subpar source of B12, as the vitamin is not absorbed well after ingestion.
- Reduces Pain Sensitivity
- Purifies Blood
- Increases Metabolism
- Purifies the Liver
- Improves Digestion
- Great Source of Protein
When to feed Spirulina to horses?
Spirulina is an excellent choice when a protein supplement is needed for horse growth or horse muscle development as it is highly digestible. It is a more concentrated source of protein than soybean meal and also more digestible. Although it contains all the essential amino acids it is low on methionine and lysine so it is wise to make sure extra supplementation of these are included in the daily diet.
If your horse is demonstrating allergies of the lungs and skin then including Spirulina in your horse’s bucket feed each day can be beneficial. It is also good practice to provide Spirulina for horses with heaves.
This information in our Herbal Reference Guide is intended only as a general reference for further exploration, and is not a replacement for professional health advice. This content does not provide dosage information, format recommendations, toxicity levels, or possible interactions with prescription drugs. Accordingly, this information should be used only under the direct supervision of a qualified health practitioner such as a naturopathic physician.