is believed to be expectorant, anti-inflammatory, anti-histamine,
anti-allergic, disinfectant, alterative and aromatic. The aromatic
compounds are excreted via the skin and act as a valuable insect
repellent. Its high sulphur content makes it useful for good hoof
nutrition. The blood-cleansing properties make it a good supplement in
and sweet itch, but its other many properties make it almost a
Such is its value that some recommend garlic for daily use, either as
fresh cloves or, if this is impractical, as a pure powder. However, beware
proprietary supplements that contain large quantities of inactive
‘carrier’ – an all-too-common occurrence.
During the last decade, the use of garlic has significantly increased. In
the last two years it is becoming less popular due to increasing negative
publication (click on the link below). In my younger days, garlic was not
used as an herb for horses, hence I am not about to defy the many years of
experience of my older predecessors fellow horsemen .