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How much to feed to my horse?

For most horses you’ll be sprinkling the content of 1 sachet on its feed once a day. It doesn’t matter whether that is its morning or evening feed. When you need an awful lot more support, then you can give 1 sachet twice a day (on feed or syringed into its mouth if your horse is turned out). Frankly for most situations 1 sachet a day is totally adequate. For significantly smaller horses you can give ½ a sachet a day but please DO make sure you properly seal the sachet as aloe vera powder is extremely hydrophillic and caking occurs before you can say ‘Jack Robinson’. Use the other ½ of the sachet the following day.

Can I give my horse too much Aloeride?

The world’s greatest expert on aloe vera Dr. Ivan E. Danhof PhD MD wrote to us that, once all polysaccharide receptor sites in the digestive tract have been saturated by aloe vera beta-linked polysaccharides, any remaining dosage simply passes through the alimentary canal and does no harm. In very layman terms this means that, if Sainsbury’s car park is full, you’ll drive on, leave the car park and shop another day. If Aloeride runs out of binding sites in a small horse then… the polysaccharides will be pooped out. So it is more a matter of being wasteful than risking to give too much.

To keep a reverenced perspective on his advice: Dr. Danhof has impeccable credentials namely a B.Sc. in Biology and Chemistry, a M.Sc. in Nutrition and Microbiology, a Ph.D. in Physiology, and a Medical Degree with specialties in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology. Dr. Danhof is a retired Professor of Physiology at the University of Texas who has written 80 research papers throughout his career. Additionally, he served as a Fulbright Scholar in Afghanistan investigating Botanical Medicine.

How do you help with cost?

Actually we help you with cost straight out the gate, but it may not feel like that to you, because you may not know how much aloe vera raw material costs.

Equine AloerideProduct BProduct CProduct DProduct E
12 litres into 30 palatable powder sachets12 litres = 3.17 x 3.785 litre container @ £35.0012 litres = 2.4 x 5 litre container @ £37.7612 litres = 12 x 1 litre container @ £20.8012 litres = 2.4 x 5 litre container @ £63.00
£55.20£110.95£90.63£249.60£151.20

So now you know! This puts our standard price into perspective but it doesn’t begin to tell you how much we do to help you. We offer progressive loyalty discounts: when you buy 3 cartons/order you get 10% loyalty discount, when you buy 6 cartons/order you get 20% loyalty discount + worldwide post paid by us, when you buy a subscription for 1 whole year then you get 25% loyalty discount. In addition you become eligible for financial support for a consultation with an independent equine nutritionist because we think that using Aloeride in context with feed is important. Thus the cost of Aloeride drops from £1.84/horse/day to £1.38 which doesn’t take into account that more often than not, Aloeride stops the need for other supplements. A review of supplements you may use on your horse is yet another free service we offer and we are responsibly clinical in our suggestions.

Is Aloeride competition legal?

For all professional riders we endeavour to obtain pro-active measurements on NOPS and doping. To see the latest NOPS Certificate of Analysis please click here. In respect of doping, you should understand that Aloeride® does not contain synthetic molecules, it is 100% pure organic aloe vera. We have asked permission from Dr. Lynn Hillyer (BHA’s Veterinary Adviser Medication Control) if HFL can check for urine metabolites in Aloeride nutrient loaded horses, if so, we’ll be in touch as soon as we have those results in. Pro-active doping blood tests cannot be done as this falls under Animal Experimentation Act.

Is the Aloeride quality really better?

In a word, yes it is.
The aloe vera barbadensis miller plant we use is the most nutrient dense of all the species of aloe vera. Growing crop organically ensures that it contains comparatively more nutrients than non-organic produce, a well known fact. Processing whole leaf and processing in multiple phases ensures that the absolute maximum of nutrients is prized out of the optimally grown, optimal plant species. Then cherry picking the best crops means that we use the ultimate within the natural ups and downs that are seasonal fluctuations (will climate change make life more difficult… yes it will for everything and everybody). This cherry picking happens through multiple international, independent laboratory tests prior to us committing to production. And yes we do reject crop that falls below our benchmark. The Soil Association oversees the whole organic aspect, ISO9001:2000 was another threshold for quality. Ultimately production happens within a British pharmaceutical clinical trial company simply because their Quality Control is second to none. HFL in Newmarket tests for NOPS and Doping metabolites. The quality of information that we offer to browsers and customers is excellent. The quality of financial help we offer customers also is excellent. All the above efforts together make Aloeride into the far superior aloe vera horse feed supplement, if you -like we do- want unbiased information then take a few minutes to read what independent laboratory tests found, and find out about our consumer-friendly pricing.

Is it true that aloe vera powder lacks the original medium and therefore doesn’t work?

This question came up at a British Dressage National Convention. An aloe vera gel distributor had told one of our customers that “aloe vera powder lacks the original medium and therefore doesn’t work”. So what medium shall that be then? Water by any chance?.. The word medium may sound technical -and by inference knowledgable- but of course it is utter bunkum. The magic of aloe vera is not in its water and this is explained beautifully in https://www.aloeride.com/the-magic-of-aloe-vera-is-not-in-its-water/

That unique, broad spectrum of nutrients

Aloe vera is a remarkable desert plant and has been recognised as such throughout the ages by people from all continents. It is the type of nutrients that aloe vera barbadensis miller contains and the quantity ingested of them that drives what your horse’s body can do. So here’s a list of what fuels the magic that is aloe vera:

Plant SubstancePhysiological Effect
Gibberellinplant hormones for growth including stimulation of enzyme production (α amylases) it also delays plant senescence (anti-ageing)
Amino Acids 20 of the 22 necessary and 7 of the 8 essentialvital building blocks for the building of cells DNA enzymes muscles hormones… anything
Inorganic Ions: Calcium Magnesium Sodium Potassium Zinc Copper Iron Manganese Molybdenum Chromiumabsolutely vital for too many physiological functions to list here – Magnesium for instance is a necessary part to make 200 different enzymes work whilst Chromium for instance is vital for building glucose tolerance factor
Vitamins: B1 B2 B3 (Niacin) B5 B6 Choline B12 Folic Acid vitC vitAabsolutely vital for too many physiological functions to list here
β [1-4] linked glucomannan polysaccharidesdifferent lengths of these polysaccharide have different functions and they direct other nutrients to assist in their task – their functions: immunomodulatory intracellular antioxidant anti-inflammatory and blood sugar support
Enzymes such as peroxidase catalase alliase lipase cellulase carboxypeptidase(Zn) amylase alkaline phosphataseabsolutely vital for the transformation of one substance into another
Steroidsplant steroids help aloe vera quench inflammation within its tissue
Sterolsplant sterols are a subgroup of the steroids and do the same
Unsaponifiable phytosterols: cholesterol lupeol β-sitosterol campesterolhelp aloe vera quench inflammation within its tissue
Ligninshelp transdermal penetration
Lectin like substancesrole in plant germination and in mammals regulation of cell adhesion to glycoprotein synthesis and control of protein levels in the blood
Salicylic acid -active chemical component of aspirinpain relief and temperature control
Saponins glycosidescleansing and antiseptic properties
Triglyceridesfatty acid building blocks
Uric Acidincreases short term plasma antioxidant activity

What do we know about aloe vera?

Aloe vera has been valued throughout the ages and this documented empiricism dates back to well before Christ. Science saved us from subjective enthusiasm so aloe vera became probably one of the most researched herbs on the planet. The plethora of good quality research on generic aloe vera has showed it offers physiological support in the following areas:

  • Digestive system
  • Immune system
  • Skeletal system
  • Skin and hoof health
  • Effect On Cell Growth
  • Effect On Hoof Growth

For a list of good quality research click here.

Can my horse develop a tolerance to Aloeride?

The ‘tolerance’ referred to in this question happens in homeopathic remedies whereby your horse’ body gets accustomed to the homeopathic signal. It gets ‘bored’ with that same signal so reduces it’s response to that signal, thus the remedy becomes less effective. In electro-stimulation of neurons such fading is called Wedenski inhibition and this can be overcome by changing to 2 frequencies; keeping to 1 stimulatory frequency causes the neurological response to fade. This is the sort of ‘tolerance’ referred to in this question and it doesn’t apply.

How likely do you think you are to develop such ‘tolerance’ to carrots, broccoli or the vitamins and minerals within runner beans. You are not, are you. In similar fashion, the molecules within the aloe vera feed supplement Aloeride do what they do, they bind to polysaccharide binding sites, enter the blood stream intact via pinocytosis and other molecules within Aloeride like Chromium, Magnesium or Calcium are absorbed through the intestinal villi. Molecules within Aloeride aloe vera do not send out just a signal upon which the body responds, they simply provide food nutrients that the body uses. Fuel for the furnace. Consequently your horse can and should take Aloeride for as long as you like, its body’s response will not fade. Same applies to your carrots, broccoli and runner beans.

I’m on Forever Living but am interested in Aloeride

How lovely that you are interested in Aloeride! We get regular queries from Forever Living users, so we wrote a FLP post that hopefully answers your first questions. If you need a bit more help then please Ask A Question via this link (you can also access this AAQ form via the right-hand column).

Forever Living Products is a company with a large product portfolio that is sold via multi-level marketing. We have a specialist product portfolio with straight forward retail margins. Our marketing is more factual than it is exuberant. Our common ground with FLP is a love of aloe vera.

Why doesn’t Aloeride have this Seal Of Approval?

Aloe Vera Seal Of Approval is next to uselessImagine that you are an aircraft manufacturer. You shall want to attach wings that won’t fall off at say 20,000 feet. British Standards help you identify nuts and bolts that will withstand pressures at 20,000 feet. Useful if not essential…

When it comes to Standards in aloe vera land, in 1981 one American manufacturer helped institute a Seal Of Approval that created the illusion of Standards. That same company was the first in the world to receive this Seal of Approval, something that wouldn’t have been possible under British Law. It is probably fair to say that every educational institution on the planet believes that self-accreditation doesn’t properly reflect academic or scientific achievement.

Subsequently a very misleading public statement was broadcast: “the Certification Seal represents the only way to validate an aloe vera product to the world market and to quality-minded consumers”. We authorised accredited, independent laboratories to measure the industry-standard value for working consituents in two products that carry this ‘Seal Of Approval’. Spot the variations… and you’ll understand why their statement was and is misleading.

Aloeride2011 Independent Laboratory TestsProduct B2011 WITH SEALProduct D2011 WITH SEALProduct D2004 WITH SEAL
5880 mg/L880 mg/L1450 mg/L1800 mg/L
Difference:6.68x less4.06x less3.27x less

You fly safely at 20,000 feet because aircraft manufacturers can trust the British Standards Seal for Strength Grade Designations. As you can see above, such industry standard tests (MeOH expressed in mg/L) also exist for aloe vera but this ‘Seal Of Approval’ clearly does not represent it. That is why we’re not keen on it, you too may prefer straight forward laboratory tests.

How about chondroitin?

Chondroitin supplements consist of ground up shark or cow cartilage. The thinking behind this is that, if you provide a body with the raw material that is cartilage, a mammalian body will use that material to regenerate its own cartilage. Two common sensical things need to be considered here: 1) a foal growing up seems to develop cartilage just fine without the need for shark or cow cartilage, it builds it own cartilage from various amino acids in the mare’s milk, grass and herbs of choice in natural habitat. 2) if chondroitin had been hugely successful, the very first thing its marketing department would have shown us is cartilage changes in MRI scans… oddly enough, there is no such study, anywhere. The British Medical Journal published: compared with placebo, glucosamine, chondroitin, and their combination do not reduce joint pain or have an impact on narrowing of joint space (BMJ 2010;341:c4675).

The conclusion is very simple, joint care is best served by a) controlling any inflammatory process in the tissue of the joint and in tissue surrounding it, by b) controlling the pH of the synovial fluid and by c) providing ample elementary building blocks for maintenance & repair. Controlling the former (a) goes from steroids to non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs to phenylbutazone (the former two being veterinary prescribed medication) to help from feed stuff. Steroids present issues with connective tissue change, becoming positive for doping and risk of laminitis; NSAID may create issues with stomach and gut health; whereas feed stuffs may not work quite as quickly, it is the natural approach that keeps your horse competition compatible. One time-honoured example of this is to bruise and warm red cabbage leaves, make this into a compress and wrap it around a compromised joint, their anthocyanin pigments (eg, cyanidin, pelargonidin, petunidin) and polyphenols can deliver surprising relief. Only the third option (c) provides building blocks via diet, some ingested feed stuffs can help spontaneous remission of symptoms. The Veteran Horse Society and the Blue Cross found that feeding their aged horses Aloeride coincided with their horses moving freer and easier.

Postage for subscription orders

Customers interested in an Aloeride Subscription asked us for an easier way to gauge postage cost i.e. without them having to go through the shopping cart to compare for instance our 6 pack freepost to our 12 months subscription. The below should help out. Kindly note that the sole purpose for us to create a subscription option was to help you by spreading out payment, the 25% loyalty discount on subscriptions is the icing on the healthy cake.

Within http://www.royalmail.com/price-finder you can see the postage we get charged:

  1. click UK
  2. click Small packet
  3. click 2-3 days
  4. click Don’t know value
  5. type Any weight <1000 gram

and there you have it… £3.25, that’s what Royal Mail charges us for 1st Class and what we charge you. Kindly note that all shipments with a destination outside the UK are charged at ‘International Signed For Small Packets’ rate, for example:

  1. click Overseas
  2. click USA
  3. click Small packet
  4. click Within 5 days
  5. click Don’t know value
  6. type Any weight < 1000 gram

and there you have it… £12.45, that’s what Royal Mail charges us and what we charge you. Actually US customers receive goods way quicker than ‘within 5 days’ because we ship Aloeride from Missouri by USPS Priority Mail. Note that the two prices quoted in this web page represent December 2013 quotes by Royal Mail.