The Natural Alternative for the Health of your Horse

 

 

Aloe Vera, often called Plant of Life, Miracle Plant, Natural Healer, goes by many names which have survived the 4000 or so years during which this amazing medicinal plant has benefited both mankind and the animal kingdom.

 

The Aloe family of plants include over 200 varieties. Only three or four have medicinal properties. Of these, it is the Aloe Vera Barbadensis (Miller) that has been of most use to man. Aloe Vera Barbadensis is a succulent, looking rather like a cactus but it is in fact a member of the lily family related to onions, garlic and asparagus.

The plant reaches maturity in four years when the content of its leaves, a mixture of inner gel and outer sap, can be harvested. Flourishing in warm, dry climates, both the Greeks and Egyptians valued it highly and it has been referred to as "The First Aid Plant" by physicians, for over 4,000 years.

In recent times researchers worldwide have found that the fleshy pulp inside the leaves contains essential vitamins, minerals and amino acids that can alleviate many chronic conditions.

ALOE VERA ENHANCES THE WELL-BEING OF HORSES

There are countless uses for Aloe Vera, and investigations by veterinary professionals have shown that Aloe Vera is effective in the treatment of a large range of skin problems, joint problems and internal disorders in equines.

Many trainers and riders now give Aloe Vera to their horses as a dietary supplement, significantly enhancing their stamina and performance, and reducing competitive stress and post-event fatigue.

A few years ago, international show jumper Liz Edgar fed Aloe Vera to her horses during a flu outbreak with good results. She now regularly feeds it to balance cell counts and uses the extract for minor injuries. People can also benefit. Aloe Vera Gel is taken as a drink by jockeys to improve energy levels and many event riders swear by it.

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