Benefits of feeding fenugreek to horses

21st December 2012
Beryl Shuttleworth
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Fenugreek, with its aromatic odour and strong flavour is more commonly used in curry powders than as a medicinal herb.

Looking back in history, however, it was used by the ancient Greeks, Romans and Egyptians to:

  • prevent fevers,
  • comfort the stomach,
  • be a poultice for abscesses, boils and carbuncles,
  • soothe sore throats and treat colds,
  • cure baldness in men, and
  • “fatten” harem women (in those days, buxom women were very prized!).


The chemical composition of fenugreek is, surprisingly, extremely similar to that of cod liver oil. It contains (among other things):

  • lecithin
  • nucleoalbumin
  • iron (in an easily digestible form)
  • several alkaloids
  • diosgenin (a precursor to several hormones)
  • vitamins


In the past eighty years or so, fenugreek seeds have been extremely widely used by horse people to:

  • promote and maintain good condition.
  • encourage fussy eaters.
  • increase milk production in lactating mares.
  • soothe inflamed intestines.
  • reduce complications induced by gastric ulcers.

It has also been found to be useful for:

  • allergies,
  • bruises,
  • anemia,
  • lung problems, and
  • sinus congestion.

Although some people dismiss some of these claims as “quackery”, eighty years of popular use does seem to speak for itself, in my opinion.

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