WHAT IS TURMERIC?
Turmeric powder, as it is most commonly fed to horses, is a yellow substance derived from the rhizomes (underground stems) of the turmeric plant.
The plant is native to India, where it has been used for centuries for both medicinal and culinary purposes. Medicinally, it has been used to treat a wide variety of conditions including cancer, stomach upset, respiratory problems and dermatitis. It also has powerful anti-oxidant properties.
In the past few years it has began to become recognize as a potent anti-inflammatory ingredient for joint supplements for horses.
HOW CAN TURMERIC IMPROVE YOUR HORSE’S HEALTH?
In clinical trials, the results showing the positive effects of turmeric have been outstanding, with promising results for equine benefits. There is also widespread anecdotal evidence suggesting that turmeric is highly effective for improving horse health and treating a wide range of equine conditions.
Perhaps the most important and relevant benefit of turmeric for horse owners is its incredible anti-inflammatory effects, which is excellent news for joint health in horses—turmeric is able to reduce inflammation and the associated pain substantially when added to your horse’s diet.
BENEFITS OF TURMERIC IN EQUINE NUTRITION
In addition to joint health, turmeric has been shown to be effective in the treatment in many other equine ailments, including:
- Gastric ulcers
- Melanomas / Sarcoids
- Assisting recovery from viruses and infections
- Wound healing
- Skin conditions
- Stabilising metabolic issues
- Compromised liver function by having a detoxifying effect
Please note: Turmeric should not be fed if your horse is currently being administered NSAIDs or blood thinning medications. If you’re horse is on medication and you’re unsure of possible contraindications, it is important that you consult your veterinarian prior to feeding turmeric.
A dose of up to 2.4 g per day of turmeric in horses has been suggested as safe. 
In research studies, horses have been supplemented with 12 – 20 g per day of turmeric for short periods of time. without adverse effects.