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Your horse through rose(tip)-tinted glasses

Your horse through rose(tip)-tinted glasses

I guess we should have been tipped off by the way our horses seek out these pretty red and tangy fruits by the side of the road. Who knew? They did, Obviously.

Rosehip has been used as a natural anti-inflammatory and antioxidant for hundreds of years. However, it is only in recent times that its value in the treatment of animals has been explored by us humans.

Rosehip has been shown helpful in very practical ways in the lives of horses:

• Swelling and heat in limbs
• Clicky joints
• Hoof abscesses and sensitivity
• Unhealthy gut

And more... To understand why, we have to dig a bit into the actual mechanics of action of this magical fruit.


Inflammation is a natural response to trauma or infection in the body and is needed for healing to take place. However, oftentimes the inflammatory response overreacts and actually harms the healthy tissue in the surrounding areas. That is where anti-inflammatories have a role to play.

Rosehip contains an active agent, galactolipids, that calms down this inflammatory response by attaching itself to the rescue-type inflammation cells rushing to the situation. In way of illustration, you may say that this extra baggage makes the inflammation carriers too big to pass through the window of the burning building, thereby effectively controlling the inflammatory response.

Not only do these galactolipids fight inflammation, they also actively offer cartilage protection, which is of course even more valuable as our horses grow older and start to show signs of arthritis. This study by researchers in Switzerland can shed more light on this phenomenon.


Every day your horse’s body comes under attack from potentially dangerous molecules called ‘free radicals’. There is no foul play here. Free radicals are created in the normal bodily processes of producing energy and fighting infection. This being said, these little rascals multiply exponentially whenever the body needs more energy, i.e. during exercise, or after injury. They can also increase when your horse gets ill, are exposed to molds and pollens, pollutants or even excess radiation from the sun.

Which is exactly when rosehip’s antioxidative properties saves the day! Being high in vitamin C, rosehip acts as free radical scavengers, neutralizing these molecules to prevent them from causing oxidative stress and damage to the body.To read more on the effects of oxidative stress on your horse, this paper by Drs David Marlin and Cath Dunnett may prove extremely insightful.


Our 100% organically certified rosehip is picked by hand high in the mountains of Lesotho, southern Africa, by

more than 3,500 from the indigenous Basotho tribes in the area, small entrepreneurs in their own right. The rosehip fruit is collected and bought from them at a fair price, which our Rainforest Alliance and UZT Certification can attest to.

The seed is extracted from the fruit to cold press the organic rosehip oil used in cosmetics, while the rest of the fruit is dried and then cut up into teabag size for human consumption, or in a powdered form to make up our Elite Equine 100% Organic Rosehip Supplement.

To meet our extended rosehip family, visit us online for a short media clip on the difference rosehip has made in the lives of our harvesters.



Understanding the anti-inflammatory and antioxidative value of rosehip makes Elite Equine’s application wide and extremely valuable.

• Inflamed joints in sport horses
• Coughing horses
• Addressing leg deformities in young foals
• Using rosehip as a poultice

This is only a few of the instances in which the powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidative properties of Elite Equine may make a difference. To read even more, please visit our website and look out for the FRIDAY FEATURE page.


When starting out on Elite Equine, a loading month is recommended. For the first month, add 10g per 100kg of horse weight, once daily, to their food. Thereafter, only add 5g per 100kg of horse weight, once daily, to their food.

For an average sized horse of 500kg, 1 x 1kg tub of Elite Equine should then last just over a month and currently retails at £38.

For a handy guide on how to weigh your horse without a horse-sized scale, visit our FREE DOWNLOADS page.

Horses love the tangy taste of our Elite Equine and you should not have any problems – even your picky-eaters will most probably jump in! However, please stick to the dosing guide. If left to their own resources, your ponies will finish it all in one go. And too much vitamin C is never good for horse tummies!


We pride ourselves on our personal service. To support this, we have now started to personalize our Elite Equine tubs with your horse’s name, which you can supply upon ordering.

Delivery to Mainland UK is still FREE.

Touches like these and the accessibility to our team, make us proud to be a small business.

You are welcome to contact me at if you have any further questions or queries.

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