Dressage victorious with Aloeride. Team Aloeride dressage rider Lucy Cartwright was in the ribbons again with Fergana where they won the Advanced 100 class with a fabulous score of 69.69%, Lucy tells us why Aloeride is an important aspect of her winning form:
“Fortunately Hartpury is very close for us, but still in the recent heatwave we have had, it does take a lot out of them. With a busy competition schedule it does mean that sometimes travelling longer distances over the summer months is unavoidable and whilst we do try and travel during cooler hours, inevitably it is still very warm. Since we have been feeding Aloeride the horses really do feel and look better They really are the picture of health inside and out and in fact, lots of people comment on how shiny they all are, especially Fergana who literally ‘shone’ in the ring at Hartpury! She was fantastic & so concentrated. You just know if they are getting everything to help them in the Aloeride and that horse is looking so healthy & happy on the outside, that they must be on the inside also!”
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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!”
Sorry about the pun, but this is going to be the running commentary on Thoroughbred Bold Pixel and her owner Simon Fernandez. They live in South Africa and ‘BP’ (Simon trades petrochemicals!) is a shining example of how timely-started, ongoing nutrient loading with Aloeride makes a monumental difference to (young) race horses. Simon became interested in Aloeride because Bold Pixel developed typical Thoroughbred hooves with the difficulty of keeping shoes on. The proof is in the hoof, read his feedback after having started BP on 1 sachet a day:
19 Jun 2013 “My filly is really looking good, we are now into our 5th month on Aloeride. As a 2 y/o she had her first race… Although working very well at home, she was outdone by being very green and was quite overwhelmed by all the horses around her when they jumped. We believe she had a good experience and will go on from here. After the race she pulled up sound, so no problems there. Also must admit that since she’s been in training we have had no vet issues and she is very healthy… Thanks to Aloeride.”
Although this thoroughbred was put on Aloeride for her hooves, other benefits soon became manifest. Her condition rapidly improved and this muscular development wasn’t lost on her trainer. Training times also took a leap for the better, so much so, that her trainer pulled up Simon to ask what on earth he was feeding her: Aloeride next to her standard feed, nothing else. Further comment on 15 Feb 2014 “Been on Aloeride for just over 1 year. Her maiden win on 5 Feb 2014, we had another run on 22 Feb 2014. Good run for first one out the maidens.. close up 3rd at long odds. Needless to say, she pulled up very well from her run.”
The header image shows Bold Pixel thundering to the post at Kenilworth (RSA) on 5th Feb, winning distance 1¼. His trainer Carl Burger of Powerhouse Racing, jockey Christopher Puller and owner Simon Fernandez were suitably delighted. Beyond a good win it was noted just after the race, how completely nonplussed, no sweat and looking very easy BP was. This is how you want your racehorses to look after delivering a win. Simon sold BP to Carl J. Burger, who discontinued with the Aloeride. BP continued to race at Kenilworth but failed to break its maiden status and has concluded its racing career with her last running on the 10th Aug 2015 at Kenilworth.
Valid observations by Han van de Braak: when it comes to cost per horse per day, the increased lean muscle mass would increase the value of this young thoroughbred at auction, with every race won her value goes up, less money needed to be spent on specialist farriery, less money needed to be spent on veterinary care other than on routine work, no money needed to be spent on electrolyte supplements as recovery after racing is excellent, no money needed to be spent on other supplements full stop. Many thoroughbred racehorse owners buy Aloeride in shippers because of the excellent savings, and feed it because it increases profitability.
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…