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More about the Alfalfa Plant (Lucerne) & History of the Thoroughbred Horse

 

''An interesting alfalfa fact lies in the language origin of the name

of the plant. Etymologically, its name is derived from

“al-fac-facah”, which means “father of all foods” in Arabic.''

 Alfalfa is commonly cultivated around the world for use as an animal feed stock. In fact it is thought that Alfalfa is the one of the oldest known plant used for animal/livestock/horse feed, with records of its use in the ancient Middle East as early as 1,000 BC.

The ancient Arabs not only ate this amazing plant themselves, but also fed it to their horses, claiming that it made their horses faster and stronger. They became so convinced of its health benefits that they named it "Alfalfa" ''the real name for alfalfa'', which in Arabic means "Father of All Foods”. It is also known as "The Father of Herbs", such is its standing with natural health practitioners.

undefinedThis herbal medicine is known to be effective in treating high blood cell production – this is done by ingesting the seeds, sprouts and plant of alfalfa.

Alfalfa leaves and stems are also a rich source of proteins, vitamins and minerals, L-lysine (omega-3 fatty acids) and aid in combating deficiency of the same.

Alfalfa is a slim, bushy perennial plant native to western Asia and the Eastern Mediterranean region. It is a part of the legume family belonging to the pea family Papilioaceae and the genus / species medicago sativa.

Pure Alfalfa helps support/balance the PH Levels in the gut and works as a natural calmer 

Alfalfa is one of the ''oldest cultivated plants in history''. Other common modern names include lucerne, lucerne grass (Canadian/American modern name), chilean, and buffalo grass.

''The term Thoroughbred describes a breed of horse whose ancestry traces back to three foundation sires''

  • the Darley Arabian

  • the Godolphin Arabian

  • the Byerley Turk

    Hence why Thoroughbred horses love to eat Alfalfa! .....More about the TB further down the page......

    This plant bears blue-green trifoliate leaves and mauve flowers. The seeds are sickle shaped pods and alfalfa sprouts have high medicinal value.

    The parts used for human nutritional consumption are usually the stems and leaves as well as the sprouts from the seeds.

    Alfalfa sprouts are commonly also referred to as alfalfa grass or Lucerne (French), while all these names are often associated with the alfalfa plant, especially with reference to human consumption.

    Listing out the properties of this healing herb would require a mention of its cooling, sweet, and astringent qualities.

    An important alfalfa fact would be its power packed nutritional constituents. This would include minerals and vitamins, choline, organic acids, free amino acids, non-protein amino acids (example canavinine), strachydrine, coumarins, isoflavonoids, saponins and steroids such as b-sitosterol, campesterol, stigamsterol, etc. Alfalfa also contains vitamins A, B, C, D, E and K, chlorophyll and carotene, as well as minerals such as potassium, calcium, and magnesium.

    ''An interesting alfalfa fact lies in the language origin of the name of the plant. Etymologically, its name is derived from “al-fac-facah”, which means “father of all foods” in Arabic.''

    Commercially, alfalfa is available as dried leaf, health drinks and tea; and alfalfa supplements such as tablets, capsules and extracts; as well as in other forms.

    Another interesting alfalfa fact to note is that modern day use of the plant is not just restricted to medicine and forage – it is also used in organic gardening. Alfalfa is typically used as a fertilizer since it adds value to the soil due to its nitrogen fixing attributes.

    More about the Thoroughbred Horse

    The Thoroughbred originated in Great Britain and its genetic origin is Arabian. The "foundation" stallions of the breed were: the Byerly Turk, the Darley Arabian and the Godolphin Arabian. They were bred to native sprinting mares -- very probably Scottish Galloways -- and the resultant foals were the first Thoroughbreds per se.

    The Byerley Turk  
    At the siege of Buda, Captain Byerley captured a horse from the Turks which, would carry his name into history. The horse became known as the Byerley Turk, and was the first of the three foundation stallions to come to Britain. Reputedly ridden at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690 by Captain Byerley, this horse distinguished himself as a sire although he was not bred to many mares. The Byerley Turk founded a line of Thoroughbreds, the most distinguished of which was Herod, who was foaled in 1758, and proved to be a very successful sire himself.

    The Darley Arabian     
    The second of the three foundation stallions to be imported to England was the Darley Arabian. He was foaled in 1700 and bought by Thomas Darley in Aleppo (Syria) in 1704. The horse was shipped to Yorkshire, England where he was bred to numerous mares. The most successful matings were with Betty Leeds, which resulted in two very important colts: Flying Childers and Bartlet's Childers. Through the Childers line, the Darley Arabian was the great-great-grandsire of Eclipse who gained the description "Eclipse first, the rest nowhere." The Darley Arabian is the most important of the three foundation stallions in terms on his influence of the Thoroughbred breed.

    The Godolphin Arabian     
    The last of the foundation stallions to come to England was a horse foaled in Yemen. After being shipped to Syria and then to Tunis, he was given to the King of France as a gift. One story tells of the horse pulling a lowly water cart in Paris. The carthorse was admired and bought by an Englishman named Edward Coke, who brought him to England. The second Earl of Godolphin acquired the horse and bred him to several distinguished mares. Mated to Roxana, he sired Lath, the greatest racehorse in England after Flying Childers: and another mating of these two produced Cade, the sire of the great Matchem who carried on the line of the Godolphin Arabian. In 1850 it was remarked that "the blood of the Godolphin Arabian is in every stable in England."

  •  It's only NATURAL for the Thoroughbred Horse to thrive on Pure Alfalfa and Pure Carob which is their true Native fed/forage, but all types of horses and animals and (humans) can eat it and reap the benefits!!