Herb of the month

Herb of the Month - February


 With spring not far away now is the perfect time to start thinking about how we can prepare and support our horses and ponies through a spell of fresh grass appearing in their paddocks. For those that are susceptible to being overweight and may be at risk of Laminitis or Equine Metabolic   Syndrome careful restriction of grazing is important. This may mean that more time is spent in the stable or on restricted grazing. In these situations our equines do not get all the natural antioxidants that are found in the grass and can benefit from the addition of certain herbs.  Formulated in 1993 Dodson & Horrell’s Lami-Free contains three different “wild crafted” herbs. The main ingredient, and most important is nettle, which is a natural antioxidant and is reputed to support the circulatory system. Seaweed and Rosehips are also included to contribute to the nutritional support for healthy hoof growth, which can vary widely between horses. All of these herbs are suitable to be part of the dietary support for horses or ponies prone to, or who have suffered from laminitis in the past. This combination of herbs should be fed in addition to a balanced diet and alongside the correct management of these types of horses or ponies, but as always veterinary advice must be sought with clinical cases, such as laminitis.

Lami-Free is only available in dried form in the 1.5kg size

RRP £13.27 for 1.5kg                                          

Daily Costs Dried

                                   Horse                                               Pony

1.5 kilos          usage 31 days at 43p a day                  usage 39 days at 34p a day

Additional information.

Do not give to mares in foal.

All our herbs are routinely tested under the BETA/NOPS code are of human grade.

Consult your Vet or Manufacturer if you wish to combine with other herbs. 

They are wild crafted in their country of origin and are not sprayed with pesticide.

Herbs are not drugs or cures for laminitis. 




Hedgerow Herbs

A dried blend of natural herbs to replicate the horse’s normal foraging behaviour in the wild.

Dodson & Horrell Hedgerow Herbs


The feeding of herbal supplements is becoming increasingly popular with horse owners as we try to replicate the way horses used to self-select herbs from hedgerows. This was before we managed their paddocks so tightly in order to maximise grazing. Dodson & Horrell’s Hedgerow Herbs are a dried blend of natural herbs designed to replicate the horse’s normal foraging behaviour in the wild.  Hedgerow herbs are a blend of herbs, consisting of Nettle, Mint, Dandelion, Rosehips, Thyme, Oregano and Redclover. They are reputed to nutritionally support general wellbeing and condition.

  • Nettles are included for their reputation to support a healthy skin and a shiny coat - hence improving the appearance of dappling.

  • Mint is renowned as an appetiser for horses and as a beneficial effect on the digestive system. It is reputed to soothe the digestive tract. Horse owners add these herbs to fibre diets, to encourage appetite.

  • Dandelion is thought to support the urinary system.

  • Rosehips contain antioxidant properties that are useful for supporting a healthy body.

  • Thyme and Oregano -Thyme is a cousin in the mint family reputed to support the upper respiratory system. Oregano is another member of the mint family, and both contain phytonutrients.

Hedgerow herbs supplement is not designed to replace a full vitamin and mineral supplement, however it can be useful to help support the diet of horses, using naturally occurring plants that horses would naturally forage for.  If your veterinarian determines that your horse needs additional vitamins and minerals always follow their advice.

RRP September 2016

1kg - £12.33, 2.5kg - £20.55, 5kg - £35.70

Daily Cost Dried

                                                                Horse                                                    Pony

1 kilo                                      17 days at 72p a day                        25 days at 49p a day  


  • Nettle and mint – support a healthy skin, coat and immune system.
  • Dandelion, thyme and red clover head – provide variety of diet and promote health and wellbeing.
  • Oregano and rosehips – sources of natural antioxidants.

Feeding guidelines: 

Ponies and smaller horses = 2 scoops per day.*
Larger horses = 3 scoops per day
1 scoop (100ml) = 20g.*

*Please use scoop provided*


Breathe Free

A dried or liquid blend of beneficial herbs and natural antioxidants for a healthy respiratory system

With winter now upon us and the amount of time horses spend stabled increasing there can be an added pressure on a horse’s airways; bedding, dried forage and lack of ventilation can all have an effect.  Breathe Free was formulated in 1993, based on comments from a group of horse owners and the herbs included in this formulation have been chosen for their historical herbal support to the respiration system. Breathe Free is available as a dried herbal mix and a tincture.

  • White horehound, Marrubium vulgare is a mint like plant, indigenous to Britain and widely distributed over Europe, central and northern Asia and scattered thorough out North America. It is densely covered in white fur, has a thick stem and grows up to 60cm.
  • Coltsfoot- Tussilago farfara, this is a perennial plant that looks similar to a dandelion.  Incidentally, Coltsfoot flowers can be eaten and are used in human recipes.
  • Hyssop-Hyssopus officinalis or hyssop is a herbaceous plant of the genus Hyssopus native to Southern Europe, the Middle East, and the region surrounding the Caspian Sea
  • Garlic-Allium sativum, commonly known as garlic, is a species in the onion genus. Garlic in comparatively low amounts has been used extensively as an addition to the equine diet to support general health. 
  • Redclover -Trifolium pratense, the red clover, is herbaceous species of flowering plant in the bean family Fabaceae, native to Europe, Western Asia and Northwest Africa, but planted and naturalised in many other regions.

Dodson & Horrell’s unique QLC is also added to provide additional antioxidants.

Management Hints to help maintain a good respiratory system

  • Try to maintain as clean and dust free an environment for your horse as possible.
  • Feed dust free forages such as steamed hay, soaked hay, haylage.
  • Use hygienic bedding such as clean paper or wood pellet type bedding, if possible.
  • If using clean straw use wood shavings or wood pellets to absorb urine to maintain an ammonia free environment.
  • Ideally close neighboring horses should also be kept on a 'dust free' regime.
  • Try to store, dry hay straw and muck heap down wind.
  • Remove the horse from the stable when mucking out.


‘Throughout the winter I have started to add in Breathe Free which gives my mare that extra support when stabled more. 5 star product!’ Viv Spencer


Dried - 1kg - £14.78, 2.5kg -£25.65

Tincture – 1litre - £17.10, 2.5litre - £33.53

Daily Cost Dried

                                Horse                                                    Pony

1 kilo   Usage 25 days at 59p a day                             Usage 29 days at 51p a day         

Scoop size

Small horses & ponies    -              two level scoops daily in feed

Larger horses                     -              two and a half scoops daily in feed

Additional information

All of Dodson & Horrell herbs are routinely tested under the BETA/NOPS code are of human grade.  It is important to consult your Vet or Manufacturer if you wish to combine with other herbs.  All of Dodson & Horrell Herbs are wild crafted in their country of origin and are not sprayed with pesticides.

For more information and advice on feeding herbs to your horse or pony visit www.dodsonandhorrell.co.uk or call Dodson & Horrell’s experienced nutritional team on 0845 345 2627

Do not exceed recommended feeding rate without expert advice.

Always ask for veterinary advice

Do not feed in conjunction with other products containing similar ingredients.

Do not feed to mares in foal.

For animal use only.

A compound complementary feeding stuff for equines.

Store in a cool dry place.




A natural helping-hand for your horse or pony.

Dodson & Horrell Echinacea

With winter fast approaching we look to help our horses with the stresses they encounter at this time of year.  Longer hours stabled, reduced turnout and grazing can all lead to a strain on their immune system.  For centuries Echinacea or Purple Cornflower or Purpurea and has been used by human herbalists as a support for “snuffles”.  It is now well known amongst horse owners as the herb to support the immune system.

Historically Echinacea is a plant native to the North American Plains.  It is easily recognisable with purple and white daisy-like flowers grown to a height of approximately 3 feet.

Echinacea is added to the equine diet to help to support the immune system and the function of red blood cells.  This herb can be of benefit to all horses and ponies that are struggling to cope with the stresses of stabled life and training or competing.  Echinacea is reputed for being helpful in the recovery processes and is considered important in its availability as a ‘pick me up’ for equines and other animals that are ‘under the weather.’ There are several types of Echinacea such as Purpurea, Pallida and Angustifolia.  Anecdotally Echinacea Purpurea has been suggested as the most beneficial type.  Dodson & Horrell’s Echinacea is pure Purpurea is available in either dried or liquid form.  It is also included in Dodson & Horrell’s new Winter Health Mash at a good rate of 2%. Echinacea is added to the equine diet to help to support immune system and the function of red blood cells. This herb can provide a nutritional benefit to all horses and ponies. 

RRP 1kg 16.90 1litre £16.90 -----other sizes available 600g/2.5kg/5kg/10kg ask for prices

Daily Costs Dried                                   Horse                                                           Pony

600 grammes      33 days supply at 39p a day                                   50 days supply at 26p a day

1 kilo                     56 days supply at 29p a day                                  83 days  supply at 20p a day

2.5 kilos                139 days supply at 24p a day                                207 days supply at 16p a day


1 litre                     33 days supply at 50p a day                                   66 days supply at 25p a day

5 litres                   166 days supply at 39p a day                                 332 days supply at 19p a day

Additional information.

All our herbs are routinely tested under the BETA/NOPS code are of human grade

Consult your Vet or Manufacturer if you wish to combine with other herbs 

They are wild crafted in their country of origin and are not sprayed with pesticides


June Longhurst 2016 -  “A modern day Miracle. Echinacea is a five star product so much so, I would say it is essential for all horse owners to research its benefits."