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Comfortable Movement and Suppleness

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Comfortable movement and suppleness is necessary for a winning performance whichever equine discipline you enjoy. Training for power, stamina and coordination will only become free and graceful movement if your horse has comfortable movement and suppleness. Aloeride helps achieve comfortable movement and suppleness and we’d love to explain how that works. Whatever your equine discipline, here are 5 make or break points for movement and suppleness.

The Biochemical Soup

The ground substance of the various tissues and organs in your horse is known as connective tissue which on cellular level is called interstitial tissue. The space in between this tissue is called the interstitium which is filled with interstitial fluid.

This is the all important biochemical soup that pretty much every tissue in your horse depends on. Its composition is affected by toxic burden, detoxification capacity*, blood sugar regulation*, hormones*, and the pH of this fluid isn’t constant (*these are nutrient-dependent factors). If the ‘soup’ goes wrong, your horse goes wrong. Nutritionists talk about alkaline-ash forming food/feed and acid-ash forming food/feed… feed changes the acid-alkaline level of ‘the soup’ and this has implications for movement & suppleness: a horse on a high protein diet is more likely to be prone to tissue stiffness, is likely to have less tolerance for lactic acid loading. A more acidic interstitium renders connective less flexible and thus it becomes more prone to strain and subsequent (micro)inflammation. These are precisely the issues you are trying to find a solution for! Muscle stretches as shown in the header picture, or deep massage, or any type of joint mobilisation (chiropractor/osteopath/physiotherapist) works best and indeed lasts longer when the interstitial tissue is neutral-alkaline. You understand this correctly: paying less attention to the ‘soup’ translates into more appointments with whoever does your horse’ body work. Between its support for digestive health and a unique, very broad nutrient spectrum, Aloeride contributes to a healthier ‘biochemical soup’.

A natural supplement that helps your horse be supple!

Chloe Ammonds-Nutt feeds Aloeride

After 23 days on Aloeride the difference was obvious. His behaviour, performance, and settled attitude is fantastic. The changes I have noticed are:
• He no longer fidgets or is unsettled, constantly moving about when tied up.
• He no longer feels like he’s about to explode/shoots off as soon as you mount
• He doesn’t bolt his food (he still eats fairly quickly but not with as much tension)
• He is much more relaxed when travelling and at competition
• He is more accepting of the leg and willing to flex in his neck and body
• His neck/neck muscles in particular are much softer, which has improved his flatwork
• His jump is positive and athletic
• He no longer feels like he’s behind the leg or ‘backing up’ he is forwards and free moving
• He is off all other supplements except his magnesium calmer now. How’s that?!

Chloe Ammonds-Nutt (Wiltshire )

Tissue Comfort

An uncomfortable horse underperforms. Duh! Direct trauma and neuralgia aside, the two commonest reasons for tissue discomfort are (micro)inflammations and lactic acid burden. If you need comfortable movement and suppleness in horses, you must be on top of both these issues. Lactic acid is produced during anaerobic energy production (oxygen deprived), so a better supply of oxygen to tissue will reduce the burden. Lactic acid is water soluble, so keeping your horse hydrated is vital for detox. The speed at which lactic acid is broken down depends on available intramuscular carnosine which in turn is limited by the amount of available β-alanine. This originates from dietary peptides such as carnosine or anserine and vitamin B5 in feed, in Aloeride and made by bacterial flora in your horse’s intestines (Aloeride supports this). Ingestion of only carnosine results in only 40% becoming available as β-alanine; another reminder that Nature doesn’t work in single nutrients, it always works in a synergistic spectrum. Note also that discomfort caused by lactic acid is a defence mechanism to stop overworking and damaging; lactic acid tolerance can be improved greatly by anaerobic threshold training.

Besides help for lactic acid breakdown, Aloeride provides a unique spectrum of molecules that help to maintain normal tissue temperature. Localised raises in temperature cause reactive muscle contraction and this without fail reduces agility of movement (because a contracted muscle doesn’t stretch). Helping this is one of the reasons why Aloeride did so well in Tried & Tested with both the Veteran Horse Society and Blue Cross.

Soft Tissue Mobility

The active range of movement that a leg or the body of your horse has, can be greatly improved by passive stretches and joint mobilisations. Transverse frictions are best to mobilise cross-linkages of fibrous strands in muscle tissue. Applied pressure on myofascial points may relieve muscle tension but rarely does so for long if the trigger isn’t removed, reactive spasm is never caused by a fascia. Long massage strokes can improve circulation but then so do horse walkers and equine hydrotherapy. Ideally all this is followed by full limb and neck stretches such as depicted in the header image and a review of training in recurring issues is advisable. My point is that chiro, osteo, physio, bowen or equine massage people are called in because your horse is blocked, constricted, stiff, tense or goes short or worse still is lame. Beyond their physical ministrations, well-informed professionals recommend Aloeride because it broadens the help they bring.

Our advice to Chloe and to you is that adding Magnesium only ever works in horses that are Magnesium depleted and this is unlikely to happen in Aloeride nutrient loaded horses. I wrote about calmers and, in respect of movement and suppleness, these aim at the contractile fibres of muscle. If there’s reactive spasm, then calmers are unlikely to be effective on contractions without sorting the (micro)inflammation first. Passive stretches, as shown in the header image aim at the connective tissue inside the muscle (white in image), not at the contractile fibres (red in image). The massage technique of transverse friction mobilises connective tissue but does so very localised, it also improves local blood flow depending on how it is done.

Muscle Stability

One of our sponsored riders was fastidious about veterinary checks for her horse. Fairly quickly after it has started on Aloeride -already on an excellent feed-, its lean body mass improved (topline as well as muscle definition everywhere else). Her vet measured the total weight to have gone up by 60kgs in 2½-3 months whilst girth remained unaltered. In Dresssage for instance this can improve the back and hindlimb strength for better collection (Impulsion), in Eventing the stronger horse runs faster and jumps better, in Endurance stronger muscles cope better. Another practical advantage is that a muscularly strong horse has less chance of joint strains (muscle providing stability to a joint). However, improved lean muscle mass means little without it being trained and co-ordinated. The thing to appreciate is that you would train (and compete) from a greater abundance. More trained muscle literally puts your horse in a position of controlable strength. Kindly note that with Aloeride you cannot put on more muscle than what your horse is genetically predisposed to, Aloeride optimises naturally condition if there is an intake/uptake issue.

Coordination

Once your horse is comfortable and agile, coordination is a matter of training. Practice makes perfect and do make sure there is fun in it for your horse, you’ll achieve more by dominant persuasion than by force.

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Does Aloeride dissolve in water

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Aloeride aloe vera is a latex-free, whole leaf Aloe Vera Barbadensis Miller food supplement. This means that we carefully process both the inner leaf (transparent gel in above image) as well as the rind (green outer fold in above image). As you know from What Does Aloe Vera Do, aloe vera is a desert plant that contains some 95% water that, without a proper water-tight container, would evaporate in a jiffy. The gel is where aloe vera stores its 95% water and its water-soluble nutrients. The rind is the barrier that stops the aloe vera gel (water) from evaporating, so obviously the rind is not water-soluble but lipid-based. So that’s where its lipid-soluble nutrients reside. Does Aloeride dissolve in water? The gel aspect of Aloeride aloe vera dissolves but the rind aspect forms a suspension, this is normal, expected and perfectly fine… after all, most of what you eat does not dissolve in water either (e.g. vegetables, fruits, carpaccio).

Aloe vera latex comes from just under the plant’s rind and is yellow in colour (often referred to as the yellow sap), it causes a strong laxative effect depending on the polyhydroxyanthraquinones (PHA) measurement. In Aloeride Extra Strong that PHA measurement is smaller than 0.1 ppm which means that in effect all laxative molecules have been removed. That makes it safe.

The big importance of this is, that it makes Aloeride Extra Strong safe for people who want support their digestive (bowel) function with aloe vera nutrients but who at all cost must avoid molecules that aggravate already loose stools (IBD, UC, CD, IBS-D, IBS-A). So, Aloeride Extra Strong is a non-latex aloe vera food supplement. Many manufacturers fail to declare latex status on their labelling, so people get caught out and mistakenly blame mishaps on aloe vera in general. That is why we explain the significant differences between aloe products in Proven Premium Quality, it may be important for you to know this.

Just to be clear, there is no need to mix Aloeride Extra Strong with water prior to ingesting it. You simply swallow our vegetarian capsule with ample of water, once or several times a day. That’s how you bypass the unpleasant taste of aloe vera gel and aloe vera juice! There are only two incidences when you may want to mix Aloeride Extra Strong with a liquid. 1st: For tissue issues in between your lips and the sphyncter at the top of your stomach. To help your gums for instance, open the conisnap vegicapsule and empty powder content onto a small spoon. Put the powder in your mouth, take a swig of water and swirl the mixture ’round and ’round. With contact time of the essence, the longer you swirl, the better. Then swallow the mixture, do not spit out like you do with a mouthwash! 2nd: For a topical application such as a facial mask.

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Striking change in 1 month

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LEFT: Before Aloeride and the day after his first ODE looking too light to Chloë’s liking!
RIGHT: After a month on Aloeride (on less hard feed) looking fab! What a striking change in 1 month!

Chloë Ammonds-Nutt has become a Brand Champion for us and we have her mother Janice to thank for it! Janice owns Prophet whose longstanding digestive problems responded beautifully to Aloeride and she suggested that I’d talk to her Eventing and Blogging daughter… Beloware extracts from what Chloë wrote on her own blog:

I’ve dabbled with aloe vera products for myself (excellent as an after sun product, I found that out the painful way!) and my horses from time to time, but I’ve never used them consistently as part of my horse’s care or nutrition that is until now… I recently decided to trial a month’s supply of Aloeride supplement for Dustry because he had come out of the winter looking much leaner than I wanted and despite giving him three feeds a day, ad lib hay, and always making sure he wasn’t losing any condition by being appropriately rugged he wasn’t putting condition on as fast as I wanted. Initially I actually thought that maybe the Aloeride was driving him bonkers! In a rather misleading twist of fate, just as I started the course, the mares surrounding him all came into season and his hormones got the better of him and his behaviour deteriorated rapidly!

“I was 100% certain that Dusty standing on his hindlegs wasn’t a side effect of taking Aloeride. When it comes to calming, Aloeride always helps and never hinders. So we reviewed feeding in detail particularly as Chloë had emailed “When he has excess energy/is excitable rearing is his default thing unfortunately.” As it turned out Dusty’s ‘excess energy’ was sexually driven and was sorted by relocating two mares in season (they were on either side of his stable, poor thing).

Since then he has literally blossomed in front of my eyes. His condition is now just where I want it to be and he’s positively gleaming with health. The Aloeride has improved his health so much that I now only have to feed him half previous quantities as he’s now more able to get the most out of his nutrients which is helping him build more muscle. There have been noticeable behavioural changes also. He is all round much calmer and relaxed in himself and now only gets excited at understandable scenarios eg going in the lorry, jumping etc. I also feel like he’s much more forward going now, his lateral work is also less resistant in the initial first steps of a movement, and his jumping has gone from strength to strength.

Interestingly enough, it turns out that Aloeride isn’t paying for itself only for breeders and racehorse yards, Chloë also wrote “Dustry was on 3x feeds a day, 24/7 turn out in a huge paddock, ad lib hay when in the lorry and I was not happy with his condition. Now on just 2x small feeds a day, 24/7 turn out and his Aloeride aloe vera and just look at the difference!”