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raspberry leaf/mare magic - where to buy,how much to feed, does it work?

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  • raspberry leaf/mare magic - where to buy,how much to feed, does it work?

    I want to try it on my mare who goes from bombproof to guinea pig brain around this time of year. I heard you can just buy raspberry leaf. Where can I get it in bulk? How much do I feed a 1000lb qh? Does it work? Any other suggestions?

    Thanks!

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    Here you go.

    http://www.bulkherbstore.com/Red-Ras...af-Organic-Cut

    For horses, the recommended dose is 3.75 grams once a day. Loading dose is 3.75 twice a day for two weeks. The raspberry leaves take about a month to start kicking in.

    This warning was posted on the site: "One thing to watch out for is the selenium. It says on the site that raspberry leaves are high in selenium. If you are in a high-selenium area, or feed a selenium supplement (or any of your food/supplements have selenium in them), do make sure you aren't feeding a high dose. Horses need selenium, but too much will kill them. They need about 3mg a day, but as much as 2mg over that amount can lead to selenium poisoning."
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    • #3
      I feed about 1/2 cup, once daily. herbalcom.com and herbnhorse.com both sell them.
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      • #4
        I buy mine from herbnhorse.com
        I have been happy with that company overall.
        My mare has been on them for almost three months now and I do notice a marked difference in her attitude.
        She went from jumping and spooking at things that she should't have been to ignoring them like she normally would have. So for the little cost I put into the leaves it is very worth it for me. I want to say it is around $7 a pound. Which lasts about a month.
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        • #5
          I also get mine from herbnhorse. My mare gets about 1/3 cup a day and it really does help cut down on the shennanigans when she is in heat.
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          ignorance!" Officer Beck

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          • #6
            I bought raspberry leaf for an Arab cross mare, did absolutely nothing for her "mareishness". I know people who say they see a difference with their mares though, it's cheap enough-worth a shot! I fed 1/2 cup morning and night.
            Kerri

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            • #7
              I buy mine from : http://www.herbco.com/p-901-raspberr...s-organic.aspx - it's inexpensive, certified organic AND a product of USA. I have found it does help my mare, especially with the spring sillies. I feed about 1/3 c daily. Purchasing raspberry leaf in bulk via herbco is so much less expensive than Mare Magic...

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              • #8
                San Francisco Herb Company sells it for $5.75/lb.

                I've done several orders with them for teas and horsey herbs, and have always been very satisfied with the quality and service.

                Here's the website (fill in "raspberry" in the search box): http://www.sfherb.com/
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                • #9
                  I buy it from Smartpac. I'm not sure how large the bag is--but it's about $15 and I only feed 2 small scoops a day (maybe 1/8 of a cup). So I am not feeding as much as others. My young mare is on it and she is not particularly "marish". The only thing I have noticed is that she can be sensitive about my leg aids when she is in season. The raspberry leaves seem to help with that.

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                  • #10
                    Tried it for about 90 days from about now until early June when estrus is really peaking. Did squat-and that's no pun.

                    Please remember that feeding this the last 3 months as someone said would not show you much as most mares do not start cycling in until around late Feb or early March. Late April and May seem to be the worst for most of them, then September as they start into anestrus and hormones are all over the place like they are in spring. Summer they are cycling but the hormone levels are pretty consistent, not flunctuating as they do in spring and fall. Never had as much of an issue as in spring and fall. Of course none in winter as mine stopped cycling as most others do.

                    I am sure it might work for some of them during those times of the year when they are actually hormonal. I am equally sure there may be more dependable alternatives to it.

                    Oh, I showed rated so many other products were out as they contain what are basically tranqs.
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                    • #11
                      My mare had a complete 180 personality change in mid Feb. Started feeding her these about three weeks ago. Just a handful at night with the rest of her sups.

                      Can't say I notice a major difference, but my mare has become somewhat more level headed in the last week or so. She's still not dead quiet like she was over the winter, but its improving. I'm not sure though if that can really be attributed to the raspberry leaves, or if she's just at a point in her cycle where her hormones aren't raging.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by findeight View Post
                        Please remember that feeding this the last 3 months as someone said would not show you much as most mares do not start cycling in until around late Feb or early March. Late April and May seem to be the worst for most of them, then September as they start into anestrus and hormones are all over the place like they are in spring. Summer they are cycling but the hormone levels are pretty consistent, not flunctuating as they do in spring and fall. Never had as much of an issue as in spring and fall. Of course none in winter as mine stopped cycling as most others do. .
                        ^ Hahaha! You haven't met my mare, Princess Drippy-Squatty... girl's hormones are ON.

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                        • #13
                          Mares cycle in about every 21 days, not 28 like humans. And they show "in" just before and at ovulation so they would be receptive to a stud.

                          Soooo, they are going to have about 2 or 3 bad days out of every 21 and be pretty calm the other 18 or 19 days between whether they are on anything or not.

                          You need to try it at least 3 months/90days thru 4 21 day cycles (works out to 84 days) before you will really be able to determine of there has been any improvement.

                          That's another way of saying your mare would have been fine most of the last 3 weeks with or without the product.
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                          • #14
                            I find that the rasberry leaves were fantastic! My very spooky mare had a great reaction to them. There is another spooky horse in the barn who happens to be a gelding and he also responded well to the red rasberry leaves. For the first month, I believe you do a little bit extra as it's a "loading dose". I got mine through smartpak, but they are very often available in feed stores or tack stores.

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