Blue’s Breeding Blog #2

Blue had her “checkup” today.  The vet needs to check to make sure that she is healthy and that she has no infection or problem with her uterus.  What I learned :  horses are big inside!  The vet had to reach all the way into poor Blue (who was gently sedated for this intrusive procedure).

Blue and Vet Christy
Equine Vet Dr. Downey cultures Blue to make sure she is safe to breed.

In the meantime, I blended Blue a special Pre-Natal Herbal mix.  The herbs I used are tonic herbs to the reproductive system, and will hopefully prevent major problems and improve general health to prepare Blue for the hard work of growing a foal.  The blend includes:

Raspberry Leaf (Rubus ssp) – Raspberry leaf has been used during pregnancy for centuries and is known as one of nature’s strongest allies to nourish and strengthen the muscles of the pelvic region, and especially of the uterus.  It’s high in Vitamins C, E, A, and B, and is rich in minerals like calcium, iron, phosphorous and potassium.  Its been known to increase fertility and prevents miscarriage.  It can ease morning sickness and other digestive issues during pregnancy.  During foaling and post partum, it can ease labor by strengthen the uterine muscles, helps to increase milk production, and improves the process of expelling the afterbirth.

Nettle Leaf (Urtica dioca) – This rich, nourishing tonic is a valuable to whole body health. Highly rich in vitamins and minerals, the herb increases health to numerous areas of the body in a safe, gentle manner perfect for pregnancy.   Like raspberry, it helps to increase fertility.  Nettles will nourish both the mare and the foal, and strengthens the blood vessels which prevents hemorrhage after foaling.  Nettles also help increase milk production and the nutritive value of the milk.

Dandelion Leaf (Taraxacum officinale) – Dandelion is one of natures most useful weeds, and can be especially useful during pregnancy due to it’s ability to aid the body in eliminating toxins by supporting the liver and kidneys, and also as a mild diuretic that can help prevent edema, water retention, and hypertension.   Dandelion is considered one of the five most nutritious vegetables on earth and all parts of the plant are edible.Blue's Prenatal Herb Blend

Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis) – One of my all time favorite plants, Lemon balm is a member of the mint family.  Lemon balm is a safe and gentle relaxing herb that can help alleviate anxiety and create a feeling of calm content.  It’s an excellent addition to a pregnancy blend because in addition to it’s calming properties, it’s also one of nature’s strongest antiviral herbs.

Blue will get a cup of this herb blend in the morning, and a cup at night.  I like to add it to a little bit of soaked beet pulp to add moisture to the herbs and make them more delicious, but she seems to love them dry just as much.

The final blend: 1 lb raspberry leaf, 1 lb nettle leaf, 1/4 lb dandelion leaf, 1/4 lb lemon balm.