The hips (fruit) of the dog rose are a source of readily assimilated forms of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients, including vitamins C, A, B1, B2, B3 and K, bioflavonoids (including rutin), carotenoids, tannins, calcium, magnesium, silica, phosphorus and copper. As well as being considered a dietary supplement, rosehips are often fed to horses recuperating from illness or injury, as they help to restore the immune system and aid tissue repair. Feeding them as part of the daily diet is beneficial for preventing illness. The vitamin C in rosehips acts as a natural antihistamine, which can ssist the allergy-prone horse. Bioflavonoids, as well has having potent antioxidant and antiinflammatory activity, enchance Vitamin C's ability to strengthen blood vessel walls, and this effect contributes to rosehip's reputation for encouraging healthy hoof growth. Rosehips can also help alleviate gastric inflammation and diarrhoea. Dose: 1-2 tablespoons per day depending on the horse's size and level of work. Large, hard working horses and horses facing or recuperating from illness could require a higher dose. An equine herbalist can be consulted to determine the appropriate dose in these cases.
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