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Mud Fever, Mud Rash and Rain Scald

Mud Fever, Mud Rash and Rain Scald

Mud Fever, Mud Rash and Rain Scald are dermatophiloses caused by the actinomycete Dermatophilus congolensis (a gram-positive facultative anaerobic actinomycete bacterium). Prolonged rainfall and warm temperatures reduce the normal superficial protective factors of the skin and predispose horses to clinical lesions. Because Aloeride boosts the normal superficial protective factors of the skin, feeding Aloeride is a sensible, preventative move for mud fever, mud rash and rain scald. The loss of the sebaceous film layer on skin is thought to predispose the animal to development of the disease. You can change that.

“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

Where does Dermatophilosis come from

Dermatophilus‘ natural habitat is controversial, it is hypothesised that soil could act as a temporary reservoir for the organism. When heavy rain makes the soil soggy, splashes of infected soil transfer Dermatophilus to your horse’ lower limbs. Mud fever ensues if superficial protective factors are insufficient (mud fever a.k.a. mud rash or pastern dermatitis). In respect of exposure, try not to let your horses stand in muddy or flooded paddocks. Oedema, pain and lameness may accompany the mud fever/mud rash. With horses grazing, sadly soil-based Dermatophilus can affect the muzzle also. Rain scald affects the loin, croup and saddle areas. These are muscular and thus warm areas that make attractive lodgings for Dermatophilus when damp. Because Dermatophilus can survive in the skin of horses that are clinically normal (thus potentially acting as a source of infection once favourable conditions -damp heat- are present), isolation of affected horses is definitely wise. Just as this is wise in equine influenza. So, look out for primary papules (transient lesions) that become serous exudates, hair with tufted appearance, lesions with irregular elevated crust like paintbrushes (see header picture). Once there is a skin defect, secondary infection with Staphylococcus spp. or fungal organisms (dermatophytes) may occur.

Feed to make antibacterial lipids

Safer by sebum, Aloeride for superficial protective factors of the skin
Safer by sebum, Aloeride for superficial protective factors of the skin

Some skin surface lipids are synthesised in the epidermis (carried to the surface as cells differentiate, these cells should contain ‘defensive nutrients’ e.g. antimicrobial properties of Zn2+ or Copper-containing proteins) whereas others are secreted onto the surface from the sebaceous glands. In humans one such group is Free Sphingoid Bases which are known to have broad antimicrobial activity. Most remarkably, one of these fatty acids (sapienic acid, C16:1Delta6), in combination with a low concentration of ethanol, is very effective against Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. In fact, this combination was far more effective than Mupirocin (a gold standard for activity against MRSA) with or without ethanol*. The equivalent fatty acid in your horse’s sebum is Palmitoleic acid, an omega-7 monounsaturated fatty acid. This example should make you appreciate how important it is to have nutrient-laden rather than waste-laden cells being carried to the surface… A 10-week Selly Oak Hospital trial in Birmingham was carried out with both Copper and control surfaces in the same ward. Median numbers of bacteria recovered from surfaces of copper-containing items were between 90% and 100% lower than those from control surfaces. An abundance of inorganic minerals in feed allows these defence helpers to be carried to the surface… We coined the term Safer By Sebum and that is precisely how Charlie got over his long standing problem.

Aloeride optimising nutrition on the inside + helpful hygiene on the outside = robust skin heath and coat health. Click here to read more. Do you remember the adage “a shiny horse is a healthy horse”? Well, this is true ONLY if the oils that a horse ingests and constructs are health-promoting. What is always true is “a healthy horses is a shiny horse” and precisely that is what Aloeride promotes.

Mud Fever, Mud Rash and Rain Scald Tips

  • Grooming is the time to spot the primary lesions.
  • Once there are secondary lesions (crusts, matted hair, skin defects exudation), be very gentle. Avoid vigorous grooming (pain) and over-washing (more wet stuff reducing the normal superficial protective factors). Take extra care drying off.
  • Isolate horse(s) that are affected, yes this may mean stabling which requires additional feeding care. Minimise the risk of exposure.
  • Hospital type of external wound hygiene: rinse with a mild disinfectant 1) 2–3% Chlorhexidine solution applied as a spray or rinse, a broad-spectrum biocide effective against Gram-positive bacteria, Gram-negative bacteria and fungi or 2) Povidone Iodine Solution, a water-based liquid as a spray after the area has been cleaned and dried, no rinsing necessary. Povidone Iodine Solution does not irritate the skin and can be used under a bandage. Avoid shampoos as these wash away the superficial protective factors of the skin. Do not apply creams, lotions and emollients if there is a risk of trapping the actinomycete Dermatophilus congolensis under it.
  • Hygiene Hygiene Hygiene! Periodically disinfect all your equipment, gear and also the stable/yard surfaces to clear dermatophilus spores. Should you be tempted to bandage your horse then make sure the skin is clean and dry first.
  • Tea tree oil, sulphur compounds like Potassium Aluminium Sulfate or MSM, manuka honey, aloe vera gel, calendula, hypericum, goose grease, petroleum jelly may be wonderful except that none of these feed your horse’s innate protection. So you never get on top of the problem.
  • Roll and harrow your paddocks to help repair winter poaching damage. Drainage is the biggest issue when faced with land susceptible to poaching. A cheap measure could be to have a local farmer mole plough or deep tine aerate. Although we fully understand not everyone has this luxury, 1 horse should be grazed on a minimum of 1 acre.
  • Effective treatment requires avoidance of prolonged exposure to moisture whenever possible, daily topical application of antibacterial sprays or solutions, feed to increase the normal superficial protective factors of the skin. Note that crusts should be disposed of carefully to avoid further environmental contamination. Parenteral antibiotics may occasionally be required in severe cases.
  • Mud Fever, Mud Rash and Rain Scald news on how to helpIf possible, build your horse a shelter. The photograph is genuine and depicts real horses under genuinely gigantic furniture. However, the claim that the furniture was built because the farmer was refused council permission to build a normal shelter is untrue. In fact, although it does provide shade and shelter for the horses in the field, the furniture was primarily built as a novel means of promoting the products of Jens Braun, a German wood merchant. Excessively rainy conditions without appropriate shelter can lead to dilution of this sebaceous layer, thereby increasing the chance of clinical disease. One Aloeride sachet a day can make all the difference to your horse.

* Thematic review series: skin lipids. Antimicrobial lipids at the skin surface.; Drake DR, Brogden KA, Dawson DV, Wertz PW; Journal of lipid research, 2008 Jan;49(1):4-11.

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Leah Beckett Dressage photoshoot video

Leah Beckett Dressage photoshoot video

We go behind the scenes on the latest photoshoot (video below) with top dressage rider and Aloeride ambassador Leah Beckett. Shot on location in Surrey, Leah is photographed by leading equestrian photographer David Miller and rides her string of horses. Leah competes with the gorgeous horses that are owned and bred by Eva and Shaun Measures. Leah trains with both Florian Bacher of the Spanish Riding School and Charlotte Dujardin.

Diluvio’s Mare had been on birth watch for days and nothing happened. So I decided to have a kip and give the Mare some pasture time and shortly after the waters broke… that is, the Heavens opened with absolutely torrential rain. That’s when Diluvio decided to be born (‘diluvio’ in Spanish means ‘flood’). Shortly afterwards I arrived and put my finger in Diluvio’s mouth to mimic a teet and, thus attached, I led her back to the dry stables. Only when both of us were there did the mare bother to follow… there’s horses for you!

Shaun Measures
  • Rimskij Korsakov… 16 yr old Grand Prix Black Stallion by Rubenstein. Currently competing at Inter II.
  • Russki… 10 yr old son of Rimskij. Currently competing at Advanced Medium and qualified for both the Summer and Winter Nationals. Working at home towards Grand Prix and aiming to compete at the Premier League’s at Small tour through the summer.
  • Renoir… 7 yr old full brother to Russki! Currently competing at medium and working towards PSG.
  • Diluvio… 6yr old Dapple Grey Mare by Dimaggio… Working at novice level.

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Rule The World Won The Grand National 2016

Rule The World Won The Grand National 2016

Rule The World won The Grand National 2016 and we bask in reflected glory! Many congratulations to Michael O’Leary, David Mullins and Mouse Morris. Rule The World is the first British-bred winner of the Grand National since Red Marauder (a son of the late Shade Oak Stud stalwart Gunner B) triumphed in 2001. So why do we at Aloeride bask in some reflected glory? It’s because we supply Yorton Farm Stud where the sire of Rule The World, Sulamani (RIP Feb 2017) stood at stud. The class and stamina Rule The World showed in overhauling The Last Samuri at Aintree was a fine advertisement for Sulamani. David Futter explained that the Grand National result was not only important for sending more business Sulamani’s way, but it was also timely for those breeders who used him in recent years. Aloeride is very proud to have a complementary role in the successful breeding of very promising racehorses.

We will see how he summers, then we will talk to Mouse. But I can’t imagine he will be coming back to Aintree to defend his title. I could not stand the thought of losing him. If he never runs again, who cares? What more does he need to do?’

Michael O’Leary

The 2016 Crabbie’s Grand National, Grade Three handicap chase, £1,000,000 total prize fund. Aintree Racecourse. 5.15pm, Saturday, April 9, 2016, four miles, two and a half furlongs (4m 2f 74yds). For seven-year-olds and upwards which, up to and including March 21, have been placed first, second, third or fourth in a chaase with an official distance description of ‘about three miles’ or more and which are allotted a rating of 120 or more by the BHA Head of Handicapping following a review of the horses entered and after taking account of races run up to and including February 14. Horses which are not qualified for a rating in Great Britain or Ireland at closing may also be entered. Such horses may be eligible for a weight providing the Handicapper is satisfied that the horse’s racecourse performances up to and including February 14 would merit a minimum rating of 120. To qualify, horses must have run at least three times in chases run under the Rules of Racing of the same Recognised Racing Authority up to and including February 14. At the Handicapper’s discretion, such horses may be allocated a rating. The decision of the BHA Head of Handicapping shall be final. Entries closed, February 2, entries revealed February 3 (126 entries).Weights revealed February 16. First scratchings deadline March 1 (113 remained), second scratchings deadline March 22 (96 went forward). Five-day confirmation stage April 4 (87 five-day confirmations), final declarations 10am, April 7 (40 declared runners).

1) Rule the World (Gigginstown House Stud) Mouse Morris IRE 9-10-07 David Mullins 33/1
2) The Last Samuri (Paul & Clare Rooney) Kim Bailey 8-10-08 David Bass 8/1 Jt Fav
3) Vics Canvas (Bodeen Bandits Partnership) Dermot Mcloughlin IRE p13-10-06 Robert Dunne 100/1

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Tamsin Drew latest & video

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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Comfortable Movement and Suppleness

Aloeride aloe vera comfortable movement suppleness

Comfortable movement and suppleness is necessary for a winning performance, whichever equine discipline you enjoy. Training for power, stamina and coordination will only become free and graceful movement if your horse has comfortable movement and suppleness. Aloeride helps achieve comfortable movement and suppleness and we would love to explain how that works. Whatever your equine discipline, here are 5 make or break points for comfortable movement and suppleness.

The Biochemical Soup

Biochemical soup affects suppleness and movementThe ground substance of the various tissues and organs in your horse is known as connective tissue which on cellular level is called interstitial tissue. The space in between this tissue is called the interstitium which is filled with interstitial fluid.

Interstitial fluid is the all important biochemical soup that pretty much every tissue in your horse depends on. Its composition is affected by toxic burden, detoxification capacity*, blood sugar regulation*, hormones*. The pH of interstitial fluid is not constant (*these are nutrient-dependent factors). If the ‘soup’ goes wrong, your horse goes wrong. Nutritionists talk about alkaline-ash forming food/feed and acid-ash forming food/feed… feed changes the acid-alkaline level of ‘the soup’ and this has implications for comfortable movement & suppleness: a horse on a high protein diet is more likely to be prone to tissue stiffness, is likely to have less tolerance for lactic acid loading. A more acidic interstitium renders connective less flexible and thus it becomes more prone to strain and subsequent (micro)inflammation. Microinflammation in turn sets off a degree of reactive spasm. These are precisely the issues you are trying to find a solution for! Muscle stretches as shown in the header picture, or deep massage, or any type of joint mobilisation (by chiropractor, osteopath, physiotherapist, massage therapist) works better when the interstitial tissue is neutral-alkaline. That is why many of them recommend that you use Aloeride. Between its support for digestive health and a unique, very broad nutrient spectrum, it contributes to a healthier ‘biochemical soup’ and enhances the efforts of your chiropractor/osteopath/physiotherapist.

The natural suppleness supplement

Chloe Ammonds-Nutt feeds Aloeride

After 23 days on Aloeride the difference was obvious. His behaviour, performance, and settled attitude is fantastic. The changes I have noticed are:
• He no longer fidgets or is unsettled, constantly moving about when tied up.
• He no longer feels like he’s about to explode/shoots off as soon as you mount
• He doesn’t bolt his food (he still eats fairly quickly but not with as much tension)
• He is much more relaxed when travelling and at competition
• He is more accepting of the leg and willing to flex in his neck and body
• His neck/neck muscles in particular are much softer, which has improved his flatwork
• His jump is positive and athletic
• He no longer feels like he’s behind the leg or ‘backing up’ he is forwards and free moving
• He is off all other supplements except his magnesium calmer now. How’s that?!

Chloe Ammonds-Nutt (Wiltshire )

Tissue Comfort

Equine hydrotherapyAn uncomfortable horse underperforms. Direct trauma and neuralgia aside, the two commonest reasons for tissue discomfort are (micro)inflammations and lactic acid burden. If you need comfortable movement and suppleness in horses, you must be on top of both these issues. Lactic acid is produced during anaerobic energy production (oxygen deprived), so a better supply of oxygen to tissue will reduce the burden. Lactic acid is water soluble, so keeping your horse hydrated is vital for detox. The speed at which lactic acid is broken down depends on available intramuscular carnosine which in turn is limited by the amount of available β-alanine. This originates from dietary peptides such as carnosine or anserine and vitamin B5 in feed and in Aloeride plus made by bacterial flora in your horse’s intestines (Aloeride supports this). Ingestion of only carnosine results in only 40% becoming available as β-alanine; another reminder that Nature doesn’t work in single nutrients, it always works in a synergistic spectrum. Note also that discomfort caused by lactic acid is a defence mechanism to stop overworking and damaging; lactic acid tolerance can be improved greatly by anaerobic threshold training. Equine hydrotherapy (non-weight bearing, no fixed point) is a fantastic way to both address (micro)inflammation and lactic acid burden.

Besides help for lactic acid breakdown, Aloeride provides a unique spectrum of molecules that help to maintain normal tissue temperature. Localised raises in temperature cause reactive muscle contraction and this without fail reduces agility of movement (because a contracted muscle doesn’t stretch). Helping this is one of the reasons why Aloeride did so well in Tried & Tested with both the Veteran Horse Society and Blue Cross.

Soft Tissue Mobility

The active range of movement that a leg or the body of your horse has, can be greatly improved by passive stretches and joint mobilisations. Transverse frictions are best to mobilise cross-linkages of fibrous strands in muscle tissue. Applied pressure on myofascial points may relieve muscle tension but rarely does so for long if the trigger isn’t removed, reactive spasm is never caused by a fascia. Long massage strokes can improve circulation but then so do horse walkers and equine hydrotherapy. Ideally all this is followed by full limb and neck stretches such as depicted in the header image and a review of training in recurring issues is advisable. My point is that chiro, osteo, physio, bowen or equine massage people are called in because your horse is blocked, constricted, stiff, tense or goes short or worse still is lame. Beyond their physical ministrations, well-informed professionals recommend Aloeride because it broadens the help they bring.

Our advice to Chloe and to you is that adding Magnesium only ever works in horses that are Magnesium depleted and this is unlikely to happen in Aloeride nutrient loaded horses. I wrote about calmers and, in respect of movement and suppleness, these aim at the contractile fibres of muscle. If there’s reactive spasm, then calmers are unlikely to be effective on contractions without sorting the (micro)inflammation first. Passive stretches, as shown in the header image aim at the connective tissue inside the muscle (white in image), not at the contractile fibres (red in image). The massage technique of transverse friction mobilises connective tissue but does so very localised, it also improves local blood flow depending on how it is done.

Muscle Stability

One of our sponsored riders was fastidious about veterinary checks for her horse. Fairly quickly after it has started on Aloeride -already on an excellent feed-, its lean body mass improved (topline as well as muscle definition everywhere else). Her vet measured the total weight to have gone up by 60kgs in 2½-3 months whilst girth remained unaltered. In Dresssage for instance this can improve the back and hindlimb strength for better collection (Impulsion), in Eventing the stronger horse runs faster and jumps better, in Endurance stronger muscles cope better. Another practical advantage is that a muscularly strong horse has less chance of joint strains (muscle providing stability to a joint). However, improved lean muscle mass means little without it being trained and co-ordinated. The thing to appreciate is that you would train (and compete) from a greater abundance. More trained muscle literally puts your horse in a position of controlable strength. Kindly note that with Aloeride you cannot put on more muscle than what your horse is genetically predisposed to, Aloeride optimises naturally condition if there is an intake/uptake issue.

Coordination

Once your horse is comfortable and agile, coordination is a matter of training. Practice makes perfect and do make sure there is fun in it for your horse, you’ll achieve more by dominant persuasion than by force.

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Dietrich Klinghardt MD PhD

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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Dressage victorious with Aloeride

Dressage victorious with Aloeride

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!”

CLICK HERE to enjoy a full view of the photo made by Kevin Sparrow.

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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!”