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For Victoria Bax Eventing it’s Sunshine and Smiles

For Victoria Bax Eventing it’s sunshine and smiles. June kicked off rather well. Crystal Ka and I headed off to Little Downham for the Open Novice class. We produced a nice, polite dressage and the most beautiful double clear, sadly 9 seconds cost us the win, so we finished a creditable 5th. I was thrilled with our performance as both of us were absolutely on form. I was very surprised that I did incur the 9 seconds worth of time penalties because as far as I knew I didn’t take a pull the entire way round (we meant business!) It really does give you a boost for the old confidence when everything goes right on the day as it’s not that often that it does actually happen!

The following week I held my 5th cross country schooling clinic of the year. This time it was held at a super venue called Lodge Farm in Matfield, Kent. This is somewhere I first visited towards the end of last year and found it to be an educational venue. I don’t know of anywhere else that has that amount of combinations set up as Lodge Farm does. It also has a beautiful new water complex with lots of different in and out options. None of my clients attending had ever been to Lodge Farm before, but by the end of their sessions, they were all beaming with pride at their achievements. Sadly my main achievement for the day was to get pretty sunburnt as I didn’t have time to get back to my car to reapply the sunblock (epic fail!).

The following weekend saw scorching temperatures and burning sunshine as we headed off to Stratford Hills. My most local event, Crystal Ka produced a fair dressage although it seems the judge wasn’t feeling the love for everyone’s efforts on that day as none of them had particularly amazing scores. Still, as long as everyone is scored in the same way it still makes the competition fair. Another clear show jump round followed, but by then I had already made my decision that due to the scorching temperatures, in the 30’s and the no real need to run cross country, I withdrew and took my lovely boy home to cool off.
Crystal Ka is my horse of a lifetime and at 15 years old, although that is not overly old, he is an ex-racehorse having completed 23 races by the time he was 4 years old and being my main event horse for the last 10 years so there really was no real benefit in running him in that kind of weather. He means a huge amount to me, much more than just giving me the adrenaline rush of going cross country. As he in no longer running at Intermediate level and is out of Novice points, he can not qualify for anything so there really was no need to put him through that and I would never have forgiven myself if something awful had happened due to the weather. I only wish a few more people thought the same as there were plenty of tired horses out there on that course that I saw while walking my track.

My year is starting to take a turn for the better as more good news has just been received:My one and only, 6-year-old Alberta’s Pride aka Frankie who was very sadly diagnosed with a suspensory ligament injury to his right hind back in January of this year but has now been given the all clear from the vet. It all started in January, following a few months of back issues occurring (too many times in too short a period of time) so I decided there must be something else underlying causing these issues. This was confirmed by a lameness workout, and his right hind suspensory was found to have been enlarged to 21.5mm (his left hind was normal at just 13.5mm). Fortunately, there were no lesions or holes, so the vet was confident it was due to a trauma rather than conformational or other reasons. However, there was always doubt as to whether it would repair itself suitably again. As you know I am a fan of the Arc Equine technology which I have used for a few years now on both horse and human and so in conjunction with the Arc technology and feeding Aloeride we followed our rehabilitation programme to the detail.

The result is that in just five months, in fact, 10 weeks actually as the scan showed the reduction of the suspensory ligament right back down to the same size as the uninjured one. However, the fibres at that time looked good but needed to look thicker and stronger. So the final scan just another ten weeks later showed even more of an improvement to the point where the vet advised that she didn’t think they would look any better given even more time. So, as he was sound and had been back into a good amount of ridden work, i.e. Cantering so she was happy to sign him off.

However, this is not to say he will be going eventing anytime soon. I will, however, continue to increase the load on the suspensory ligament through increased and varied types of work to hopefully ensure the improvement keeps happening so at some point in the not too distant future this little horse who I think an enormous amount of will one day get back out eventing and aiming at fulfilling our dreams.

Please do all keep your fingers and toes crossed that he continues with his improvement!

Also, great news for my grey, Alberta’s Rose who sadly had a fall in the water at her last event has been given the all clear by the vet to get back to work and competition. I was concerned about some swelling that was still viable on one front leg, so decided to get it checked out. Thankfully the vet found no damage to the inside of the leg at all. The only clue which became visible as the leg was clipped ready for scanning was a graze on the side of her cannon bone that couldn’t be felt through the leg hair. She must have really whacked that when she went down and it appears that could be what is responsible for the swelling. With this news, I have had her right back in work, entered her next event and been back out on the cross country course to check that she has not lost any confidence when it comes to water or anything else for that matter. Thankfully she was as keen as ever and thoroughly enjoyed herself.
This means we head off to Brightling Park at the weekend, so until next time…

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Loraine Homer feeds Aloeride

Loraine Homer feeds Aloeride aloe vera

Loraine Homer feeds Aloeride to all her horses because it works. It works for her show horses but also for the horses that she brings on for sale. Why spend a fortune on coat shine this season, when your horse or pony can have radiance that comes from within? Aloeride not only helps promote a shiny coat, it also helps promote healthy skin, assists hoof quality and help maintain a healthy immune and digestive system – all in one easy to feed taste-free daily sachet. Loraine Homer feeds Aloeride to all her horses that she competes with or that she brings on for sale.

“Since feeding Aloeride, my horses now have a wonderful, natural bloom to their coats: An essential ingredient for that winning appearance!”

Loraine is the winner of The 2011 HOYS Ladies Hunter Championship, show rider, judge and top show horse producer. Loraine was born into a very horsey family, her mother Barbara Ashby-Jones was a top side-saddle rider, while her father David Tatlow is a renowned showman and a former point-to-point champion. As a child Loraine was keen on hunting, and became involved in showing through a working hunter pony called Cuckoo. After leaving school she set up as a show producer, working alongside her father at his yard in Oxfordshire. Loraine specialises in producing top class show hunters, with all of their horses coming over from Ireland as youngsters. She has won titles at all of the major shows, and in 2011 she was hunter champion at the Royal International with Major Moylam. She also won her first HOYS title in the ladies’ hunter class with Jonas O’Shannon.

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Aloeride aloe vera Christmas

Aloeride Facebook OfferYes, all us horse owners can feel a bit ‘humbug’ at this time of year, but with a bit of pre Christmas day planning and some clever thinking you can get some time to enjoy Christmas ‘like normal people’! Use the coupon code we posted on the Aloeride facebook page in our shopping cart – click the image to give your horse 4 cartons for the price of 3. Here are our 5 Horses With Ho Ho! top tips…

checkmark Aloeride aloe vera - Best British Aloe Vera by farWork out a yard rota that means you all have a share of the jobs on the day. Most people will try and visit their beloved equine on Christmas day if they can, so work out whether they could help do lunchtime feeds, hay-up and top water buckets or skip out etc. Many hands make light work!

checkmark Aloeride aloe vera - Best British Aloe Vera by farDeep littering can save time over the Christmas period, allowing you to just skip out as opposed to a thorough mucking out job when everyone is opening their presents and having fun.

checkmark Aloeride aloe vera - Best British Aloe Vera by farMake up your feeds all at once for the week in rodent proof containers with lids and clearly labelled with your horse’s name and time of feed. Our supplement comes in handy air tight sachets that can sit on top of your dry feed meal ready for sachet sprinkling over his food for much added goodness.

checkmark Aloeride aloe vera - Best British Aloe Vera by farKeep an eye on the weather forecast so that you are prepared with the right rugs ready to hand and a plan in place of what to do in the event of snow, rain or high winds.

checkmark Aloeride aloe vera - Best British Aloe Vera by farIf you do have to work at the yard on Christmas day, get the radio on with some classic Christmas gold, your best Christmas jumper on and armed with a mince pie and a hot cuppa get jolly as you get going!

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Horses and Mud!

Horses and Mud! Aloeride helps to protect your horse.

You may have heard that Dead Sea Mud applications help symptoms of skin disorders and that’s because they add minerals to the skin. Persistent wet mud, on the other hand, leaches water-soluble amino acids and protective minerals out the hoof. This not only softens the hoof and disrupts its natural balance, but also makes both vulnerable to bacterial and fungal infection. In Horses and Mud! we give you a few quick tips but Han van de Braak BSc LicAc MCSP MBAcC (Retd.) wrote an in-depth article about Hoof Health, Hoof Strength also. So, how can you cope with whatever the weather throws at you and your horse? Here are our 8 top tips:

checkmark Aloeride aloe vera - Best British Aloe Vera by farGive your horse a good groom daily. Brushing off dry mud and checking over for any cuts or grazes.

checkmark Aloeride aloe vera - Best British Aloe Vera by farPoached ground is hard to avoid but old rubber mat on high traffic areas where horses tend to stand.

checkmark Aloeride aloe vera - Best British Aloe Vera by farRepellents on the market can help prevent mud sticking to your horse and make sure your horse’s legs are dry and clean before putting boots on to ensure they don’t rub.

checkmark Aloeride aloe vera - Best British Aloe Vera by farLycra turn out bodysuits are available to help keep bellies dry and clean.

checkmark Aloeride aloe vera - Best British Aloe Vera by farKeep your boots and bandages clean –using dirty equipment won’t help keep your horse’s skin happy and healthy.

checkmark Aloeride aloe vera - Best British Aloe Vera by farNo matter how vigilant you are, some horses can be more prone to problems so barrier creams and anti-bacterial cleansing washes can help.

checkmark Aloeride aloe vera - Best British Aloe Vera by farTrimming or clipping your horse can help in some cases but there are two trains of thought on this one. Some prefer to clip to enable the horse to dry off quicker and enable to check for any grazes etc. but removing the protective layer of hair could also make the skin more susceptible to grazes etc.

checkmark Aloeride aloe vera - Best British Aloe Vera by farSupplementing the many nutrients that watery mud leaches out of hooves is what you must do if you cannot avoid the mud.

checkmark Aloeride aloe vera - Best British Aloe Vera by farFinally, ensuring your horse has the right nutritional balance in his diet is key in your daily battle with the brown stuff and choosing an absorbable broad spectrum supplementation such as Aloeride can help support healthy skin and hoof throughout the long winter months.

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Brexit implications for Aloeride aloe vera

Brexit implications for Aloeride aloe vera

On 23rd June 2016 the British people cast a democratic vote to leave the European Union (51.9% voted Leave, 48.1% voted Remain, 72.2% Turnout, 27.8% Disengaged). To say that the outcome of this EU Referendum is ruffling many feathers is the understatement of the year… It is a seismic shock that pulled the rug from underneath the apparent status quo. We take the view that it’s way too early to predict how this will pan out. In the immediate aftermath, these are the Brexit implications for Aloeride aloe vera we can see.

During Richard Nixon’s visit to Beijing in 1972, the Chinese premier, Zhou Enlai, was asked about the impact of the French Revolution. Speaking of an event that took place nearly two centuries previously, Zhou famously commented that it was ‘too early to say’.

Shop whilst the exchange rates drop

The value of Pound Sterling plummeted immediately after the vote was announced, which was excellent news for everybody buying Aloeride from abroad. Both a carton and a pack cost you A LOT LESS in your currency! We alerted our overseas contacts and many made a bargain purchase! The flip side for us is that the aloe vera we have grown becomes much more expensive which squeezes our already tight margin.

In 1940 Winston Churchill wrote to Australian Prime Minister Robert Menzies “success always demands a greater effort”. As true then as it is now. If “success is going from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm” is anything to go by, then the worst thing one can do is to lose enthusiasm. The European Central Bank doesn’t seem to lose enthusiasm, despite the Italian government’s debt, at €2.5 trillion, being about the same size as the debt owed by the French and German governments, and is larger than the combined government debt of Spain, Portugal, Greece, and Ireland, the four countries that needed financial bailouts. Troubled times ahead me thinks.

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Endurance GB Lion’s Tail

Endurance GB Lion's Tail 2014 sponsored by Aloeride

Last weekend some 120 endurance riders came to the Stapleford Estate at the invitation of the Leicestershire & Rutland EGB Group. With Classes ranging from Social rides to 82km, this was an attractive ride for those wishing to explore the rural, undulating delight that is Leicestershire. Aloeride sponsored both the 82km Performance Formula and the 64km Performance Formula on the Sunday and heartiest congratulations to those who won:
Miss Antonia Hardwick (1st 82K), Miss Alexandra Tennant (2nd 82K) and Mrs Gillian Ruth Hensley (3rd 82K), Miss Victoria Davies (1st 64K), Miss Rachel Judson (2nd 64K), Mrs Larissa Whiley (3rd 64K). The 1st prize was three months worth of Aloeride, 2nd prize two months worth of Aloeride, 3rd prize one month of Aloeride! The header picture shows a very happy Antionia Hardwick receiving her prize.

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Leafy Oils

I saw something for your horse at the Eden Project (Cornwall) last week. Fabulous place especially their Rain Forest Biome (a 50 metre tall globe housing the world’s largest rainforest in captivity) where I took a photo of these massive leaves. I touched them and was struck by how rubbery they felt, I touched them some more and my thoughts -always switched on to aloeride and horses- went (again) along these lines:

Why don’t horses out in the wild bother with flaxseed oil, fish oil, soybean oil, rice bran oil, corn oil… whilst a great many horse owners do for their domesticated ones?

Interesting reseach, presented at a British Equestrian Trade Association conference, showed that top competition riders spend comparatively more on feed and less on supplements, whilst recreational riders spend comparatively more on supplements than on feed. A cynic might say that top riders don’t spend much on supplements because they’re being given supplements via sponsorship, but it wouldn’t do this research justice.

Their finding resonates with what I have always advocated in my Practice: pay more attention to the upstream end, so that you don’t have to spend so much time and money downstream. Downstream is where the remedial supplements and potentially the equine physiotherapist, chiropractor, osteopath, remedial farrier or vet bills are. The 5Ps yet again!

Horses that eat blades of grass, herbs or plants ingest oil (hence the title and leafy oils picture). The more they graze, the more fatty acids they ingest. Horses that need downstream supplementing with oils have not had enough upstream oils in their regular diet. It’s as simple as that. Correction therefore should be mostly upstream, not downstream. Interestingly enough Aloeride doesn’t look or feel oily but the pure aloe vera from which it is made contains fatty acids next to a raft of other nutrients.

Beyond oils (polyunsaturated fatty acids) being necessary for cell membranes, building and maintaining brain and nerve cells, or to enable the flow of bile, most horse owners will consider buying oil because their horse’ coat is lacklustre or their horse needs nutrients that exert anti-inflammatory properties, and omega-3 is known to provide this. In a full dietary review, such as provided via our Nutrition Consultation, I think it is quite reasonable to include “if feed doesn’t contain enough natural oils, then what else might be missing from it”. Because if feed doesn’t, then you’d be so far away from what your horse by choice would eat…

Fats Under Stress

The above is a slide from one of my lectures and reminds you that ALL FATS go rancid when exposed to free radicals. In humans and horses alike, long term or frequent high stress levels raise the level of free radicals which in turn damages lipids. The more relaxed a horse is, the lower its free radical burden, the better preserved its lipids will be.

Lipids in Aloeride whole leaf aloe vera

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Striking change in 1 month

striking change in 1 month coat shine condition

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!”

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Suzanne Taylor (Endurance Riding)

We are delighted and proud that Suzanne Taylor is one of our Brand Champions. In 2010 Suzanne and her Salsa Caramel were selected for the Scottish Endurance Squad and in 2012 they won the Mousquetaires Trophy for highest annual mileage in Scottish Endurance. To the best of our knowledge Suzanne was the first high level endurance rider to put her horse on Aloeride and many since have followed her example. Salsa Caramel (pictured here) is a 16hh part-bred Arab.

“I have owned Caramel for 10 years and rode our first pleasure ride in 2006. He is a thoroughbred with 16% Arab (PBA). Endurance is very much his “love”, he is very forward going. As most endurance riders will say, it all started as a pleasure ride, I never thought we would get so hooked and now as hungry as ever to try and achieve the next goal. Its been a gradual build up from distance & speeds, preparing for longer distances each year. Having had a two year break from 2008/2009, I entered back into SERC and have enjoyed every minute. The members from all the different branches are so friendly and supportive, it’s very addictive, so from a pleasure ride we have now just won the 2 Day 120km Endurance Race ride at Darnaway with a Best Condition. As Caramel isn’t getting any younger I wanted to find something that would help him with stamina, recovery, hydration and his feet (as you can imagine we see the farrier often) I was delighted to try Aloeride last year and saw immediate results. It really does all the things horse owners wish for. We have represented the Scottish Endurance team on two occasions and hope to do well this year as an individual combination. I will continue to use Aloeride and ride with confidence this year knowing Caramel is getting everything he needs to be asked to do his job successfully. Thank you Han!”

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The proof is in the hoof

The proof is in the hoof Aloeride Bold Pixel

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.”

The proof is in the hoof Aloeride aloe vera
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.