As I was finding yet one more use for my empty algae containers I got to thinking. Since I started on a holistic horse health program about 20 years ago my favorite blue green algae has been one of my most consistent recommendations as a feed for horses. Blue green algae has been part of the foundation of my feeding program since I was introduced to it in 1992.
You can look in my feed room and you will see a few scattered containers of half empty supplements I have tried but you will always see dozens of empty algae containers. You will also see algae containers full of nails and loose screws, hose repair parts, staples and just about anything I want to keep organized. I also have algae containers in every sack of feed. I know I am not the only one because many of my clients report the amount of feed given in “algae scoops”.
I am thinking that anything that generates this many empty containers must be something good. And blue green algae is something good as a feed for horses. My favorite blue green algae is processed in such a way to preserve the enzymes and vitamins it contains. Special processing also prevents the degradation of the chlorophyll which is very important. Chlorophyll is a nutrient that can cause stress on the liver if it is broken down before it is consumed. Fresh chlorophyll is very beneficial for the liver and blood.
Blue green algae contains a very balanced profile of trace minerals in a naturally chelated form. Some argue that the quantity of trace minerals in a tsp of algae is not enough to make a difference but this has not been my experience. Since 97% of these minerals are assimilated they are far superior to inorganic minerals that may only be 10% absorbed. Blue green algae contains long chain omega 3 fatty acids and may be a better source than fish oil as a feed for horses.
Blue green algae also contains macro minerals such as calcium and magnesium but not in large enough amounts to provide for the horse’s daily needs. The good news is that most all horse feeds contain adequate amounts of calcium and di magnesium malate can be supplemented if needed.
My favorite form of blue green algae is the powdered blend with probiotics added. This product contains algae, wheat sprouts, natural vitamin C, food derived enzymes, pre and probiotics. As little as a tsp a day makes a difference but 1 to 2 TBS may be needed for a horse in heavy work. I fed more last summer because we were in such a drought. My horses came through with flying colors. The combination of micro nutrients and digestive support made all the difference when green grass was totally lacking and quality hay was hard to come by.
I am so grateful that I was introduced to blue green algae and the other powerful, whole food based products. With the exception of good quality grass hay, nothing has been more important in my holistic horse health feeding program for the last 20 years. I would love to hear what has stood the test of time in your holistic horse health program. Madalyn