We are having a late spring here in Wales following subzero temperatures which killed off many plants that had been growing through out the winter due to favourable temperatures. Happy now to see the first wild garlic shoots appearing in the wood where the horses forage. Wild Garlic is milder than the cultivated variety and the leaves contain less potent chemicals than the bulbs. Studies in Germany have proven that Wild Garlic contains more magnesium, manganese, and four times the amount of sulphur compounds than common garlic. Sulphur is great for the circulation of the foot and flexibility of the joints. The pungent aroma that rises from the wild garlic plant contains numerous antiseptic volatile organic compounds that aid in the recovery from infection and viral challenges. For sick stabled horses picking a few plants to place in the stable will help to expose them to the healing properties of the VOC’s.
It's been a bad weather week here in Wales, it is warming up and getting back to normal, but nothing new is growing so posting an overview of a few spring plants with benefits to horse health, springs on its way!