I thought it would be interesting to look at some herbs which can help with detoxing.

Self-selection is the offering of essential oils, herbs, and other plant extracts

to domesticated horses.

This allows the horse to access its own innate self-medicating behaviour.

Domesticated horses are usually unable to roam and forage for the plant medicines

as they would have In the wild.

Extracts offered are essential oils, macerated oils, dried and fresh herbs,

seaweed and minerals.

Self-selection is self- medicating.

The essential oils and other plant extracts are offered for their medicinal qualities.

The horse is not selecting the extracts for calories / food (storing fat and energy).

The horse chooses what extract it requires, it’s dosage, and its application.

The horse must always be allowed to walk away from the extracts.

The extracts must never be put into the feeds or forcibly applied topically.

Rules to offering Hedgerow.

The golden rule is to allow a horse to self-select.

Do not force them to have something you think would do them good if they are not interested.

Always make sure that your horse has water and hay and is not hungry before offering.

Keep a record of what you were offering and also your horse’s reactions.



(Galium aperine)


This is the sticky plant that grows on roadsides and hedgerows.

With the little sticky bubbles that literally attach themselves to everything.

It is a good source of calcium, copper, iron, silicon and sodium.

It is one of the most powerful alternatives (blood purifiers)

Cleavers is an excellent herb for supporting and toning the lymphatic system.





Taraxacum officinale


Dandelion is an excellent spring tonic to clean the system after winter feed.

The dandelion is both a nutritive herb and one of nature’s best medicines which helps stimulate liver function and bile production, pancreas and kidney function and, therefore the digestive system in general.

It cleans the blood and stimulates excretion processes through the bowel, kidneys and fire the lymphatic system, as well as through the skin.





(Silybum marianum; Carduus  marianus)




This herb is extremely popular in Europe as a tonic for the liver, the body’s second largest organ.

Milk thistle contains a flavonoid called silymarin that has been shown to have direct effect on the liver: it can help regenerate liver cells, stimulates bile flow and relaxes spasm.





(Urtica dioica)



Nettles are a very important herb: the richest source of chlorophyll in the vegetable kingdom. They are rich in minerals including iron, lime, potassium, sodium and sulphur and also contain much protein.

Nettles are a very good blood cooler/cleanser. They can be cut and left to wilt for a couple of hours and then offered to your horse.

 Jean is an Equine Craniosacral Practitioner, and presents

 all three levels of April Battles Holistic Horseworks LLC workshops.

She has also studied and qualified in working with both oils and herbs for horses,

using self-selection.

If you have any questions or you would like more information, please do let her know.


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