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Victoria Bax Eventing January Blog

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Here is Victoria Bax Eventing Racehorse Retraining October blog post. Those of you who own ex-racehorses may well know of her retraining of racehorses clinics in Essex. Victoria is one of Aloeride’s sponsored riders.

Alberta's Elegance, Victoria Bax feeds Aloeride to RoR horsesOctober saw the last 3 events of my season but the first 3 for Alberta’s Elegance who has had a very quiet year due to one thing and the other. Her first event was Little Downham up in Cambridge so just a mere 180 mile round trip this time! She produced a nice dressage test for 34, then a fair show jump round for her, this time feeling good to start with but then she lost confidence 3 from the end turning away from the collecting ring, causing a stop and then sadly 3 poles down. After a good effort napping at the start, as the start box runs alongside the collecting ring, we actually produced the best cross-country round to date. She felt much more confident and all questions were answered positively and there were some question being that it was a Regional Final course! Somehow, we managed to finally complete our first clear 90 cross-country course so I was over the moon. She still has an awful long way to go but small steps are good for me!

Zippie at Littleton Manor in ReigateThe following week saw us travel down to Littleton Manor in Reigate so a little closer for us. This time I had a new horse to run on behalf of a client of mine who bought a super schoolmaster earlier in the year to show her the ropes in British Eventing and give her some confidence. Unfortunately her first event didn’t quite go to plan as Zippie got rather excited by knowing what was coming next and she didn’t make it through the showjumping so she asked if I would take him to an event so she could see him run. I happily agreed as he really is a class horse! Although I flat school him once a week for her and I’ve show jumped him twice, I hadn’t taken him cross-country, but felt confident as he sure knows his job. Zippie warmed up beautifully for the dressage and performed a gorgeous test so I was a little disappointed to only score 32. We then jumped a nice show jump round sadly just breathing on a rail causing it to fall, but then jumped the most beautiful clear cross-country I think I have ever ridden. He sure is a machine on the cross-country and I thoroughly enjoyed myself! We managed to finish 13th which his owner was over the moon with.

Next up was Alberta’s Elegance, who performed a safe test in the dressage but sadly the judge didn’t agree and scored us very high leaving us towards the end of the section which I was very disappointed with. We then moved onto warm up for the showjumping which is a little awkward at this event as they only allow 5 riders in the warm up at a time due to the size of the arena, so this caused a few problems for some horses, including me! I did the best I could but was clearly not good enough as we managed our worst show jump round to date with 2 stops and a number of poles. The arena was on a surface with banners surrounding and a huge crowd of spectators watching on the surrounding bank, all of which proved a little too much for Alberta’s Elegance to cope with. The decision was made following that to withdraw and save her for another day.

Alberta's Elegance three day eventing at Tweseldown with AloerideThe following and final event of the year was an unaffiliated event at Tweseldown, so quite a trek for us but very worthwhile. Alberta’s Elegance produced a nice test for 31, followed by her best showjumping round to date with no stops but 2 rails down. The cross-country caused us a little problem though, having stormed out of the start box, we were cruising up until both water complexes which were quite spooky, both with fences to jump before and after the water itself. We stopped at both fences in front of the waters so at least we were consistent! We circled round and jumped them both the second time and completed the course. Although obviously disappointed with the stops, I was very pleased with how she dealt with the rest of the course as here were many many fences which were either brightly coloured or very spooky which she really could have stopped at but didn’t.

So plenty to like during the events she has completed this season but still much to work on over the winter too. One last trip onto a cross-country course followed the following week with Alberta’s Pride aka Frankie who has been off games for a little while due to a couple of injuries he has picked up which ended his season a little earlier than I would have liked, but that’s horses! As he has already enjoyed a few weeks off, he has been back in work and is fully fit again so I thought I’d take the opportunity while the weather is still dry to remind him of the cross-country phase before winter. Well, we had no problems there at all. He remembered everything he had already learnt and more including jumping some decent 3 and 4 fence combinations and jumping into and out of water. He is definitely one for next year, I am so excited! So with most of my horses on holiday I have started up my winter training clinics for others which are proving extremely popular and have been selling out within the hour as soon as they are advertised, which I am very grateful to everyone for supporting!

I will have a little time out myself now but will come back stronger next season after a winter of more training.
I can’t wait!

Until next time…
Victoria Bax (Victoria Bax Eventing Racehorse Retraining)

Header image courtesy of Victoria’s very talented husband Jason Bax.

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Happy New Year & A Busy Christmas For Victoria!

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Our fabulous brand ambassador eventer Victoria Bax brings us up to speed on her Christmas break…

Firstly ‘Happy New Year’ to you all!

I can’t actually believe December has been and gone and we are now full steam ahead towards the 2017 season.

I hope everyone enjoyed the holiday period and spent some good times eating and drinking with your families. I was very lucky to receive a super gift of one of my favourite photos taken by my very talented husband, of my top horse Crystal Ka and I tackling the advanced course at Little Downham last year. He had it enlarged and put on a canvas and it now has prime position on my living room wall. I hope everyone received some super gifts too.

I have had an extremely busy time throughout December teaching and coaching at my clinics and especially over the Christmas period where I have had 3 extra horses in for schooling for a number of weeks while their owners continue to enjoy their holidays.

This coupled with the bank holidays and my groom having some sick days leaving me mucking out the entire yard of 7 on my own for nearly a week and trying to prioritise working the 3 schooling liveries and keeping my other commitments, so my team of horses have been on the back burner for a couple of weeks. There simply isn’t enough hours in the day or energy left in my body to work them all too!

All the working liveries have made some good progress during their time with me and I am confident their owners will feel the difference which has been made. I won’t deny I am looking forward to them all going home next weekend so normality can return and I can have a quiet week just working my team to get us back on track and finally start to plan my year ahead.

Until next time…

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When aloe vera is only present on the label

When aloe vera is only on the label
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The world is full of trickery. In November 2016 Bloomberg published findings of four ‘gels with aloe vera on the label’ that they had content-analysed. Contrary to label claims, there was no aloe vera content. When aloe vera is only present on the label, the customer is being conned. Unsurprisingly several class-action lawsuits have been filed since, seeking restitution for all the customers. Aloeride always has warned about trickery like this and always has aimed to help you make an informed choice.

“No reasonable person would have purchased or used the products if they knew the products did not contain any aloe vera,’’ attorneys wrote in a complaint filed in September in Illinois on behalf of plaintiffs represented by 10 law firms. The products Bloomberg had analysed were Wal-Mart’s Equate Aloe After Sun Gel with pure aloe vera , Target’s Up & Up Aloe Vera Gel with pure aloe vera , CVS’s Aftersun Aloe Vera Moisturizing Gel and Walgreens’ Alcohol Free Aloe Vera Body Gel .

Aloeride exists because of a need in our family. Because we didn’t know what triggered a condition, Aloeride had to be the purest possible. Because we wanted it to overcome a condition, Aloeride had to be the best, most potent possible. Then in 2004, we took Aloeride to the marketplace and shared surprising, independent laboratory findings to allow ordinary people to see behind the labels… We think informed choice serves you best. We can supply you with a multi-laboratory proven better aloe vera at vastly deflated cost because we don’t have expensive offices, we don’t finance a multilevel marketing pyramid, we don’t transport liquid aloe, and we don’t seek rapacious profit.

Product Batch# MS/TS MeOHPS mg/L PHA ppm Iodine 2.0×106 1.0×106 4.80x5 6.60×104 smaller Da
Aloeride 0104 31.88% 4680 <0.1 Neg 0.36% 0.93% 4.22% 28.87% 65.61%
Product 4f2004 131003A 3.65% 1800 48.2 Neg 0.05% 1.00% 6.41% 7.02% 85.53%
Product 4f2011 1450

The above product comparative test with a Goliath of an aloe vera producer shows that bigger isn’t per se better. A Seal of Approval assures less than is perceived. MS/TS measures purity and 3.65% is a far cry from the advertised 100%. The oomph of aloe vera (MeOHPS) measured 2.6 times fewer beta-linked polysaccharides than in Aloeride. At 48.2 ppm the laboratory noted this would cause diarrhoea at manufacturer recommended dosage. The 2.0×106 and 1.0×106 fractions are immune-modulatory and the difference is obvious. The 6.60×104 fraction is anti-inflammatory and there’s a 4.11 times quantity difference. How does this translate into real life? A trial was done with their aloe vera gel on people with refractory Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). Unfortunately those suffering from IBS do so in three catagories: diarrhoea-predominant IBS, constipation-predominant IBS and alternating IBS (flitting from diarrhoea to constipation). Rather predictably, their 48.2 ppm negatively affected the trial outcome (aggravating the diarrhoea and alternating group). In 2011 this product measured poorer than it did in 2004, that can be due to climatic factors (e.g. winter harvest) or be a commercial choice. After all, Toblerone (a Goliath amidst confectionery manufacturers) downsized their iconic chocolate bars with the ‘Grocery Shrink Ray’ which invoked protest because people saw triangles missing. There are no such self-evident pointers for aloe vera gel and sadly some see this as an opportunity. Culminating in aloe vera being only present on the label as Bloomberg discovered.
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When aloe vera is only present on the label

Product Batch# MS/TS MeOHPS mg/L PHA ppm Iodine 2.0×106 1.0×106 4.80x5 6.60×104 smaller Da
Aloeride 0104 31.88% 4680 <0.1 Neg 0.36% 0.93% 4.22% 28.87% 65.61%
Product RSA sample 6.86% 140 168 Neg

We are approached by growers trying to sell their aloe vera raw material. One from South Africa not just sent us their best quality samples that we asked for, but also their brochure furnishing us with a list of cosmetics manufacturers using their produce. Many of the big names were on that list. What did the independent laboratory make of it? Their methanol precipitated solids tested as 280mg/L with the note that only 140mg/L was aloe vera because cheap methodology (spray drying) had been used. That’s 33.43 times less than the polysaccharides measured in Aloeride! At 168 ppm of polyhydroxyanthraquinones, this produce taken by mouth would have you gallop to the toilet. Fine thing then that it is used only for facial products, shampoo and body lotions. Snag is, one US manufacturer listed makes this into a by-mouth product and their labeling and marketing will blow you away… 140 mg/L and 168 ppm! Caveat Emptor (the principle that the buyer alone is responsible for checking the quality and suitability of goods before a purchase is made) tanks when there’s bollocks on the label. This kind of malpractice is what Wal-Mart, Target, CVS and Walgreens may find themselves in court for. This 140 mg/L is perhaps not quite ‘when aloe vera is only present on the label’ but it is not far off.
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Knowing your aloe vera onions

Product Batch# MS/TS MeOHPS mg/L PHA ppm Iodine 2.0×106 1.0×106 4.80x5 6.60×104 smaller Da
Aloeride 0104 31.88% 4680 <0.1 Neg 0.36% 0.93% 4.22% 28.87% 65.61%
sample 18.92% 3920 <1.0 Neg 0.06% 0.13% 0.47% 1.46% 97.87%

Knowing good stuff from not-so-good stuff is difficult at the best of times and so it is in aloe vera. At first glance, the above test shows the oomph (MeOHPS) to be almost as good as Aloeride (3,920 compared to 4,680). It only tells one part of the story. Imagine that you want to fry some chips. You buy an opaque 5kg bag labelled ‘potatoes’… only to find out that the potato diameter is 2.54 centimeters (1 inch). Fat lot of use they are for making chips! In aloe vera sizes matter because different fractions have different functions. In a similar vein, this manufacturer used heat drying on heat-sensitive molecules. That is why most of the fractions are low (0.06, 0.13, 0.47, 1.46) whilst the heat-denatured polysaccharides populate the smaller Dalton section (97.87). This product is predictably not going to do what research shows aloe vera can do. Sure, Bloomberg would have found something, the problem is that this product doesn’t serve you nearly as well as well-made aloe vera could do. There’s you thinking aloe vera doesn’t help you when it is the cutting-corners-manufacturing that is letting you down.

Do you get what you pay for?

Aloeride aloe vera powder increased to 426mgNormally I would say you do, but we do things differently. When in 2011 for greater ease of use, we changed our vegetarian capsule content from 180mg to 426mg, we didn’t fully pass on our cost increase to customers. We continued the buy 5 get 1 free offer and we continued the worldwide free shipping despite postage getting ever more expensive. The contrast with other aloe manufacturers became astronomical with Aloeride aloe vera for horses. Horse owners literally save themselves a few hundred Pound Sterling by buying the better product. Stud Farms and Racing yards save themselves thousands a year that way. Ours is completely the opposite scenario to the Bloomberg findings. Aloeride is best British aloe vera by far, which is why we would never so much as consider ‘shrinkflation’.

We believe that the above comparison is a matter of public interest and constitutes fair comment without malice. We believe that empowering people to make an informed choice is good. All measurements within our website are factual and are quoted verbatim from the reports we receive from accredited, independent laboratories and we retain such supporting evidence to justify that the statistics are representative of the characteristics of the products relevant for a proper comparison. Outcomes are masked because of comparative advertising, product disparagement and trademark constraints.

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Tamsin Drew latest & video

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I had always used a supplement to support Ziggy’s digestion especially as he can get excited and nervous which results in loose droppings and an upset stomach. I decided to take Ziggy off all other supplements apart from Aloeride so I could monitor the results. In 6 weeks of using Aloeride, I’m thrilled to say that Ziggy’s digestion is working superbly with no signs of upset digestion or loose droppings. In addition his coat is gleaming and I have had so many people comment on how well he looks, he really is glowing

With two weeks off work over Christmas I had plenty of time for training including a British Eventing (BE) training clinic with Sharon Hunt where we practised bounces, skinnies and corners as well as concentrating on my position! I also attended some BSJ shows, we had some successful results including clears in the 1m & 1.05m classes and even had the opportunity to wear our very smart Aloeride Saddle pad too! January has been a really busy month for us with more training and competitions! For our first competition of 2016, I took advantage of the British Eventing Winter Series and attended the BE Jump Training (JT). This training competition provided me with invaluable advice both in the warm up and in a competition environment and gave me some excellent ideas to work on at home. I was really pleased with how well Ziggy jumped with just one pole across two rounds, above is our video of the British Eventing Jump Training competition. Furthermore I also competed at a couple of British Eventing Jump and Style (JAS) competitions which includes a round of show-jumps followed by eight cross country type fences which are timed. The competition is then marked on style (horse & rider), faults and time faults, although I had decided to give Ziggy a confident round and didn’t go for the time. I was thrilled with how well he jumped especially the cross country phase with only had one SJ pole and a few time faults.

I’m now feeling prepared for the start of the eventing season, which is only a few weeks away! With some further training planned in February, a dressage competition and working on Ziggy’s fitness it’s count down until Isleham Horse Trials!

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See our product up close

Aloeride Extra Strong organic aloe vera
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You want to see our product up close, what it is that you’re about to buy, like holding it in your hand in a shop. We hope the header image helps with that. It takes 2.4 litres of Soil Association Certified Organic aloe vera barbadensis miller to fill our 28 vegetarian coni-snap capsules (2cm x 0.5cm) per pack. Most people will simply ingest Aloeride Extra Strong capsules whole (you can open them and use powder only) to deliver aloe vera working molecules to your digestive tract for absorption.

Useful Further Reading

What does aloe vera do =
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Dietrich Klinghardt MD PhD

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Having attended several of Dietrich Klinghardt’s seminars in the UK, we are well familiar with his approach and we offer two product categories he recommends and do this at affordable prices. Like every naturopathy-orientated physician, Dr. Klinghardt recommends optimal nutrition, detoxification and sanitation. Throughout his years of teaching, emphasis and interest shifted towards the mental and spiritual end of his health triangle. Within our website we offer a similar but much less complicated approach as well as five of the products Dr. Klinghardt MD PhD recommends:

ParaRizol Gamma
ParaRizol Zeta
Depyrrol Plus (starting point)
Depyrrol Maintenance
Depyrrol Kind (for young children)

Dr.Med. Dietrich Klinghardt studied Medicine (1969-1975) and Psychology (1975-1979) in Freiburg (Germany) completing his PhD on the involvement of the autonomic nervous system in autoimmune disorders. Several publications followed. Early in his career, he became interested in the sequelae of chronic toxicity (especially Lead, Mercury, environmental pollutants and electromagnetic fields) for the course of illness. While working in India as a junior Physician, he encountered Eastern concepts of disease etiology and blended them with his Western training which laid the foundation for his Integrative Medicine approach.

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Leafy Oils

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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

Aloeride fattyacids

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

Aloeride is made from whole leaf aloe vera barbadensis miller. Key word is whole leaf which means that in addition to us preserving the aloe inner fillet nutrients, we preserve the nutrients in the aloe outer rind, and in the rind is where aloe’s fatty acids are… and, being a 100% natural supplement, they come with their lipid protective molecules. Whether or not nutrients make an impact, and this is true for lipids as much as any other nutrient, depends on quality and quantity per serving. Aloeride is very much an upstream feed supplement, not only does it bring a raft of diverse nutrients to your feed room, it also supports digestive health & function which aids the uptake of nutrients in regular feed. The proof of the pudding is that horses on Aloeride get this exceptional natural coat shine (safer by sebum!) as only one of multiple benefits.

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BETA 2014

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From 16th – 18th February, Han van de Braak shall be at the British Equestrian Trade Association exhibition (BETA 2014). The Aloeride stand is number C-3-1 and he shall be delighted to talk to stockists and distributors. We are very actively looking to expand abroad, not least because we already sell into Europe and America. If you are looking for an outstanding equine feed supplement then come and talk to us.

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Top Show Rider & Producer Loriane Homer On Preparing Your Horse For Bigger Shows

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In this short video (click the below YouTube player) Aloeride sponsored show rider and producer Loraine Homer gives viewers her top tips for preparing your horse for bigger shows. Aloeride is a natural aloe vera supplement for horses which has wide reaching health benefits.

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Solly at Chatworth

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Here is my 21 years old 16:1hh part-thoroughbred and retired show jumper, and me at Chatworth. I have had Solly now for about five years, I used to hunt and enjoy unaffiliated show jumping. His weakness had always been his digestion and problems with weight maintainance, especially in winter when he needs hard/concentrated feeds. It limited the amount of work he was able to do. I then met Han at the Horse of the Year Show and decided to give Aloeride a try. All I can say is that it has transformed my horse.

Since I put him on Aloeride he now maintains his weight, has a healthy shiny coat, and has only rarely had digestive cramp . His digestive foe did return a couple of winters back when I tried to save money by stopping the Aloeride; I soon started it again realising this was false economy. Up until last summer I have been able to hunt Solly and jump occassionally at local shows, he now just hacks out but that’s due to a touch of arthritis and his advancing age. I live near Sheffield and our absolute best rides are riding out in the Peak District National Park. Great routes with stunning views over the valleys and villages at walk, trot and canter. There’s a really super ride around Carsington Water which is about 8 miles and I think it’s spectacular there. I wish you all the best, Sue Winterburn.