About this time of year, several of the horses become more interested in nipping off the low-hanging willow leaves. You can learn more about willow and its benefit to horses if you read Herbs for Horses by Jenny Morgan and Carole Vincer, or A Modern Horse Herbal by Hillary Page Self. Our horse Bonnie, a survivor of laminitis, and real-life horse star of the novel, Winning Bet, loves willow! Here fresh windfall branches have been stripped of leaves and fine stems. The harvest is placed on a clean sheet, which is tied up at the corners for drying.
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