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Much appreciated by horsemen, clay has many virtues that can be used to treat certain illnesses in horses. Here are the main uses of this rock and its benefits.
Clay is a natural sedimentary rock extracted from the ground. The clays used in medicine are aluminium silicates. Clays can have different colours, depending on the degree of oxidation of the iron they contain. In general, green clay has the most beneficial properties for your horse. The structure of the clay is based on a high concentration of crystals that form layers. It is this “mille-feuilles” structure that makes this rock so popular with horsemen.
Clay is known mainly for its astringent, absorbing, adsorbing, healing and covering virtues.
If you use clay as a plaster, mix the powder with water. Wait 15 minutes to an hour to obtain a paste that is easier to apply. Apply it to the limbs or any other part of your horse’s body, as close to the skin as possible. Then smooth in the direction of the hair. You can leave the plaster to air dry, or if applied to the limbs, wrap it in cellophane or newspaper and cover with resting strips. The aim is to keep the clay moist, as it is only in this state that it works. To rinse it off, simply hose it off with a brush.
If you want to use it as a stomach dressing, it can already be available as a paste or liquid for oral administration. It can also be sold as a powder to be diluted in water.
Please note that there are some important precautions to be taken when using it. In particular, never use a metal utensil to mix the clay with water, nor a metal container. Also, never reuse the clay twice, as it may have adsorbed toxic substances. Also, be sure to follow the recommended doses to avoid serious deficiencies in your horse