It is Valentine’s Day today and the Met Office predicted another ‘terrible day’ of storms. Way too much rain!!! As if we needed any more… The weather’s been horrendous and our heart goes out to all who found their property submerged in rainwater. Many horses had to be rescued and relocated and it is in these circumstances that our telephonists find themselves busy answering queries from owners with horses in trouble. The obvious things to give out with this much precipitation and dampness are coat and hooves. Mud fever, rain scald, itching, hoof rot, brittle hooves and many callers are already doing all they can, yet aren’t getting on top of it. You can’t change the weather, you can’t change the dampness but what you can change and should change is your horse’s ability to stand up to it. Follow the example of Barbour who changed a permeable cotton coat into the trusted Land Rover of weather protection. ‘Wax’ your horse!. Barbour’s waxed-cotton stockman’s coat has kept countrymen dry for decades. That is precisely one of the ways in which Aloeride aloe vera for horses offers HUGE support to your horse. Its resilience to the wet is the fat content and fat quality of its coat. Its resilience to bugs is very broad spectrum nutrition to fuel fighting back effectively. This is what I call Safer By Sebum. This is explained in Coat Health and Natural Coat Shine and if your horse too needs help, then choose which is the best purchase option for you and your horse.
“I just wanted to drop you a line and tell you a bit my beautiful Charlie! Charlie is my cheeky 5 year old gelding, who I had great plans for (Seems Charlie didn’t). In the short time I have had him (18 months), he has managed to get stuck in some fencing requiring expert removal (By our local farmer and friends) and a nice vet’s bill and time off. Then he developed mud fever which just wouldn’t go – despite trying everything! I decided to put him on Aloeride because we tried everything and its worked brilliantly! Charlie’s hair is growing back! The skin on his legs is healthy and there is even hair growth. We do protect his legs with barrier cream but this never stopped it before and also hair is growing back over his scars from the fence incident! He is turning into a really handsome boy (Well I would say that being his mum LOL) and his coat just gleams with good health! I’m hoping to get him out to a few shows under saddle this year – so fingers crossed he can keep himself out of trouble!!” Cathy Wright & Charlie Brown
Mud Fever a.k.a. Pastern Dermatitis is a group of horse diseases causing irritation and dermatitis in the lower limbs of horses. Often caused by a mixture of bacteria, typically Dermatophilus congolensis, and Staphylococcus spp, mud fever can also be caused by fungal organisms (dermatophytes). The reason why Aoeride aloe vera by mouth helps is comprehensively explained in https://www.aloeride.com/horses/coat-health-and-natural-coat-shine/and you should take particular note of the Safer By Sebum (scroll down on that page) which is a phrase we coined because precisely that is how Charlie got over his long standing problem. Helpful Aloeride nutrition on the inside + helpful hygiene on the outside = robust skin heath and coat health.
My TB x dressage horse ‘Princess’ is true to name and by nature – she hates going out in the field when its cold and miserable and loves being pampered. She likes to be admired and the first time I rode her in an arena with mirrors, she spent most of her time garping at her reflection!!! We currently compete at Novice level dressage but we are seriously focusing on our training and are having regular lessons with our instructor in the hope one day Princess and I will be out competing at Medium level! We’ve had Princess on Aloeride for over 7 months now and she looks amazing on it -more shiny and less stressy- and everyone always comments on how good her coat is and her rubbish TB flat feet can actually keep shoes on now and aren’t as crumbly. I don’t know if Aloeride helps with temperament but she’s a lot less stressy (Even when we work her in the rain or goodness forbid sleet!!)
Love Lilly and Princess Penelope xxx
Every rider knows that when you’re nervous, your horse will pick this up and behave accordingly. You certainly won’t have the leader role, that’s for sure. Much of this can be attributed to pheromones which most animals can smell and know how to react to. Body language as you approach your horse also speaks volumes to the prey animal which in essence your horse still is. All of this is old school, conventional and safely rational.
The video below may take you way out of your comfort zone. I find it interesting though because, whereas ‘modern man’ may have lost its ability to ‘mentally’ communicate with animals, it’s very likely that horses still have that ability between themselves. Many competition riders embrace the principle of visualisation and actively use this in their dressage. Cross country is probably way too ‘wild’ to keep one’s mind still enough for visualisation. In a dressage setting, what is visualisation if not communication, a preview without words. Not unlikely that this type of ‘communication’ helps the rider as well as the horse. You’d be wrong to label all this as wishy washy, there is plenty of proper research to confirm that visualization and mental rehearsal improves athletic performance. [1,2,3]
‘There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy’. What Anna Breytenbach -a former Silicon Valley corporate business analist- does in this video is silently forming a sentence in her head or a mental image and ‘simply’ projecting that, and she imagines it landing in the animal’s space. The technique she uses goes back to ‘tracking’ like most indigenous people around the world do. When she gets a response from an animal, it comes in that same universal language, Anna is gifted for being able to receive and interpret it. Top competition riders (pro golfers as well as other top athletes) know that it takes two things to make such communication happen, concentration or rather, emptying and quieting your mind and practicebecause this is a learned skill, a trained brain. You too can learn it, so, next time you see your horse, quiet your mind and land a sentence or mental picture in your horse’s space… Use it for what it is, a tool, not necessarily in the way Anna uses it, but how top equestrians use it.
If that’s not your cup of tea and your life is ‘busy busy busy stress stress stress’, then just for a moment pause to see what those mental sentences or pictures might do for your horse.
1- Brouziyne M, Molinaro C. “Mental imagery combined with physical practice of approach shots for golf beginners.” Perceptual and Motor Skills. 2005 Aug;101(1):203-11.
2- Isaac, A. R. (1992). “Mental Practice- Does it Work in the Field?” The Sport Psychologist, 6, 192-198.
3- Martin, K.A., Hall, C. R. (1995). “Using Mental Imagery to Enhance Intrinsic Motivation.” Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 17(1), 54-69.
Everything in an aloe vera plant is useful except for water and the molecules that cause diarrhoea. We grow the most nutritious species under the best possible conditions using the cleverest technology to capture the magic of aloe vera into an Aloeride sachet. Uniquely within the horse world, ours is a Soil Association certified organic feed supplement that is made to the same Quality Control as the Aloeride Extra Strong we make for human consumption.
Having grown and harvested the plant, we ‘cherry pick’ our raw material via stringent independent laboratory testing. Of course we use the cleverest way for whole leaf juice (gel) to become a powder. That’s how we know, and you can be assured, that the working molecules remain present in abundance. In Aloeride we sachet the pure powder without adding anything to it other than a minute amount of inert AEROSIL® 200 Pharma which is high purity, amorphous anhydrous colloidal silicon dioxide to optimise the flow of our very hygroscopic Aloeride aloe vera powder. The big advantage of keeping the sachet content pure is that there’s nothing to adversely react to and in powder form our aloe vera is very palatable. Even fussy horses don’t reject it, that’s a big plus over aloe liquid! Everything that optimally grown aloe vera has to offer goes into our sachet, a massive 12 litres per carton (30 sachets is 1 month supply). One sachets delivers the nutritional value from 400 MILLILITRES of original, organic wholeleaf aloe vera barbadensis miller juice.
All manufacturers have the choice what Quality Control they produce to and from the independent laboratory tests on competitor products we know that many take a different view on bottom lines, profit margins and your best interests than we do. We set out to make the absolute best possible aloe vera product for your horse, with independently documented, verifiable Quality Control and we let financial implications be a secondary issue. This may not make the best business sense but it sure makes the best human sense. You want the best possible help for your horse, so that’s what we make for you. We further help you by making Aloeride extremely affordable by comparison.
In case you’re thinking about growing an aloe vera plant on your kitchen window sill… Excellent idea (e.g. for when the oven attacks the chef at home) but for any species of aloe vera plant to develop its spectrum of polysaccharides, it needs a lot of sunshine. Which is the one thing we haven’t got a lot of in Blighty. That’s why there’s Aloeride. There is another thing, all unprocessed aloe vera plants contain laxative anthraquinones – as indeed do other aloe vera products – so, should you eat from the plant on your kitchen sill, you know what to expect…