Are your horse’s hooves prone to cracks and splitting, making it difficult to keep shoes on? Then you’ll be pleased that you found us. No other horsefeed supplement for hooves helps you in the two ways that we do… Aloeride feeds hoof health and hoof strength and it very strongly supports healthy digestion. Now, you don’t need us to tell you about the relationship between hind gut fermentation, endotoxemia and hoof health, hoof strength… In a nutshell, this broader approach for no extra money is what makes Aloeride one heck of a horsefeed supplement. Aloeride is favoured for hoof health, hoof strength notably by owners of Connemara Ponies and Thoroughbreds because they can be very difficult with their hooves. For Thoroughbred Racehorses strong hooves is about putting all that training and power on the ground.
“Playboy’s feet have never been better! I have tried other hoof supplements, but nothing had made any difference and it was a friend who recommended that we try an aloe vera supplement, so I searched the Internet, found Aloeride and spoke to Han and thought ‘what have we got to lose’? Looking back, I wish we had known about/tried Aloeride to start with and whilst we were perhaps a little sceptical in the beginning, after just one month, we soon started to see a marked improvement in his feet with the chipping and breaking off problem stopping. The difference is remarkable, they are now strong, hard, resisting chipping and best of all, he is ride-able! We are riding him barefoot at the moment and I can now go back to looking to a future with Playboy, which I hope includes being able to gallop along a beach and in the long term show jumping, however we will just have to see. Right now I have a happy pony and that is wonderful.” Katrina Tabbitt, Lincolnshire.
“I started with Aloeride at the advice of a close friend to see if it might help cracked dry hooves. We do all the sensible things but cracks just kept occurring. Our farrier is great, he trims and corrects hoof imbalance so we were looking for something that would help beyond that. Aloeride has made a big difference in hoof growth with the new wall being perfect! Also you were right, it has taken years off my horse! Thank you so much.” Kerry, Ireland.
“Dear Han, I just wanted to say thank you for recommending the aloeride for horses. My 14 year old eventer/hunter has suffered for the last 5 years with very brittle feet particularly in the summer. We started feeding him Aloeride over the summer and now the effects are beginning to show and his feet at last look so much better and he hasn’t lost a shoe (fingers crossed). Thank you so much for your advice!” Camilla Newton, Cold Ashby.
“I’m just contacting you to give you some feedback on your product. My daughter’s Connemara has hoof wall separation syndrome. Last summer his feet were so bad that he was losing shoes a couple of times a week (once he was shoed in the morning and one came loose by evening!). We have been giving him Aloeride for 9 months (stopping other supplements). He is now keeping shoes on for 6 weeks. His feet aren’t perfect but we now have a competition horse that can compete! Thank you.” Andrea Cox, Cleveland.
The nutrition hooves need and get with Aloeride
As you know, hooves are made out of Keratin and, in order to make Keratin well, your horse needs to absorb an abundance of a wide-spectrum of nutrients. For many horses a modern equine diet and modern pasture dimensions do not grow good hooves. So, what is Keratin and what does Aloeride bring to the (s)table?
Aloeride gives your horse 7 out of the 8 dietary essential amino acids (Isoleucine, Leucine, Lysine, Methionine, Phenylalanine, Threonine, Valine, there’s no consensus on Tryptophan yet. Aloeride gives your horse 12 dietary non-essential amino acids (Alanine, Arginine, Asparagine, Cysteine, Glutamic Acid, Glycine, Histidine, Proline, Serine, Tyrosine, Glutamine, Aspartic Acid). Aloeride gives your horse vitamin B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B9, B12 and vitamin A and C. Aloeride gives your horse the inorganic minerals Calcium, Magnesium, Potassium, Sodium, Zinc, Iron, Phosphorus, Manganese, Molybdenum, Copper and Chromium. Next to these nutrients, Aloeride gives your horse other, aloe-vera-specific nutrients that you can never get from even the best feed. Next to that, by firmly supporting digestion, Aloeride promotes the uptake of nutrients in regular feed. Aloeride is a 100% pure, natural product with Nature’s own nutrient-to-nutrient ratios. Frankly this unique wide spectrum of nutrients would do little if it wasn’t delivered in a properly meaningful quantity! No worries, each sachet of 2,000mg equates to a very generous serving of 400 ml of original juice! That’s where how Aloeride is grown, is harvested and is made, completely sets it apart from the competition. If you are into proven premium quality, then this is the right aloe vera for you.
Keratin = fibrous structural proteins = polypeptide strands depending on amino acid composition and their sequence + tight disulphide bridges + several inorganic minerals + several B vitamins. Without these, no hoof, no horse. It’s easy to underestimate the complex interactions between nutrients when designing diets. Aloeride as a substance is not man-made, it has Nature-designed ratios.
So let’s look at the spectrum of amino acids necessary for a healthy hoof (as you have seen, they’re pretty much all in the Aloeride). A healthy hoof contains high levels of Cystine, Arginine, Leucine, Lysine, Proline, Serine, Glycine and Valine, and lower levels of Methionine, Phenylalanine and Histidine. Cystine is an amino acid formed by the oxidation of two Cysteine residues that link to make disulfide bridges (these make keratin stronger/harder). Cystine doesn’t determine the hardness of the hoof on its own, in addition, normal hooves contains higher levels of Threonine, Phenylalanine and Proline but less Arginine. To give these disulphide bridges more strength still, roughly every seventh residue is Leucine (a dietary essential amino acid). Interesting about this bridging is, that it sticks together through hydrophobic interactions i.e. water repellent. It is obvious why Cystine/Cysteine resides mainly on the outer layer of the hoof, that’s where you need the hardest shield!
In Keratin, Alanine, Glycine and the Sulphur containing amino acid Cysteine are the primary amino acids. Alanine and Glycine are dietary nonessential (i.e. can be constructed from other nutrients) but, in order to have abundant Cysteine, your horse must either ingest Cysteine or break down Methionine into Cysteine (which subsequently is transformed into Cystine). Only if your horse is vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine) deficient, will it become Alanine and Glycine deficient. Signs of B6 deficiency are faulty metabolism within the gastro-intestinal system, loss of muscular tone and nerve coordination, roughened coat. Such symptoms however are not exclusive to being low in B6…
On the inner side of Keratin you’ll find Methionine which is the most hydrophobic of the amino acids. It is often interacts with the lipid bilayer (fat), so here you see a functional barrier to keep hydration inside and undesirable water from outside being repelled. Methionine metabolism is highly dependent on the availability of B12=Cobalamin, B9=Folic acid , B6=Pyridoxine and B2=Riboflavin. The conversion of Methionine to Cysteine is an irreversible process, which accounts for the well-known nutritional principle that Cysteine is not a dietary essential amino acid providing adequate Methionine is available and B vitamins fuel the transformation pathway. Methionine is a dietary essential amino acid, regardless of Cysteine availability. You can see why I mentioned complex interactions between nutrients… Kindly note that over-supplementation with Methionine actually results in sore feet, intermittent lameness, difficulty in keeping shoes on and crumbling hoof walls. The very thing you tried to solve. Over-supplementation with Cysteine is similarly unwise.
Another vitamin important for hoof health is B7 (Biotin) however, studies show it to take six months for appreciable differences between treated and control horses and nine months to make a statistically significant difference. Supplementing only Biotin (15mg/day upto 60mg/day for Thoroughbreds) the increase in hardness was more apparent at the toe and quarters than at the heel. Biotin is the most expensive vitamin to supplement with and it takes 9-12 months to grow a full hoof. Biotin deficiency shows as poor hoof growth, heel cracks, fissures and ridging of the hoof wall. Such symptoms however are not exclusive to being low in B7…
Minerals of importance for hoof health are Calcium, Zinc, Copper, Selenium and Magnesium. Many of them are cofactors for enzymes. Note that Selenium is the mineral with the narrowest safety margin between the requirement and toxic levels. Signs of Selenium toxicity include loss of hair, bleeding at the coronary band, lameness, hoof rings and cracks, and separation of hoof walls. Getting inorganic minerals wrong happens not only through over-supplementation, diets high in grain/bran and low in forage (or contain low-quality forage) upset the Calcium:Phosphor ratio (too much Phosphor, too little Calcium). Over-counterbalancing that with Calcium can interfere with the gut absorption of Zinc which is an enzyme cofactor for the formation of keratins and collagen (beyond Zinc’s value for healthy skin and hair). Then there is the Copper:Zinc ratio. Too much Zinc inhibits Copper which is a required enzyme cofactor for the formation of the disulfide bonds that make keratin harder/stronger. There is however another mineral important for hoof health and almost nobody talks about it. I mentioned Boron in my article The Problem Of Kissing Spine Syndrome, and in the article When a racehorse jockey breaks his back. It has relevance to hoof health, hoof strength – I know that from in-vitro nail penetration and antifungal Activity of Boron-Based Pharmaceuticals – because compromised hoof health, hoof strength very often involves an unseen pathogen chipping away at the keratin. Aloe vera contains a small amount of Boron (estimated through spectrophotometric method based on colorimetric technique – ion content Na, K, Ca, Mg, Cl, Fe, P, N, Zn, B, Mn, and Cu in roots, stems, leaves and sprouts – University of Heidelberg).