Few herbs is probably as common in the stable as garlic. Many of its properties are widely known. It has some antibiotic like effects, blood purifying, insect repellent, etc. The later latter are dependent on sulfur in garlic and it is precisely the sulfur, which is responsible for the smell …
Fresh garlic contains a lot of allicin. This substance can irritate the stomach lining and cause diarrhea and stomach pain. However, the horses usually themselves are able to regulate this by rate of garlic when they got too much.
The garlic is immunostimulatory and assist against both bacteria and viruses. It can be used as a prevention.
In order to get a good insect repellent should have put the garlic for a few months, then started back in the spring.
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