Animal Care: Horses
Due to the ever increasing popularity of Aloe Vera, demand for Aloe Vera products has inevitably led to the introduction of poor quality products to the market. These sort of products tend to contain much less Aloe Vera as a percentage by volume.
The marketing behind this type of lower quality products usually rides on the back of the extensive and positive publicity of the effects of high quality Aloe Vera. Unfortunately the huge disparity in quality, efficacy, purity, and potency between the different product brands of Aloe Vera is not always obvious.
To be sure that you are putting the power of ‘true’ Aloe Vera to work on your behalf, before buying any Aloe Vera product, check to make sure it is a product high in Aloe Vera content, with Aloe Vera appearing as the first item listed on the ingredients panel. The law requires that the ingredients on the label must be listed by volume with the highest volume content item listed first.
When choosing your Aloe Vera product, ensure that only cold processed inner leaf Aloe Vera is used (not reconstituted). As a general rule, a product that includes “Aloe Vera extract” or “reconstituted Aloe Vera” is likely to be less potent than a pure – more than 98% – Aloe Vera product.
Aloe Vera is now available in a wide range of products that can be used for horses, and investigations by veterinary professionals have shown that Aloe Vera is effective in the treatment of many skin problems, joint problems and internal disorders in equines.
Some of our favourite products for use with horses are;
ALOE VERA GEL
A liquid dietary food consisting of the gel of the Aloe Vera plant, which contains over 75 known nutrients in a natural balance that helps to maintain all the signs of a healthy animal. Suitable for all and readily absorbed into normal feeds. Aloe Vera gel has a tonic effect, maintaining a healthy appetite, suppleness of joints and revitalising energy levels.
ALOE VETERINARY FORMULA
High in stabilised Aloe Vera, with a convenient applicator, Veterinary Formula can be sprayed directly onto tender areas of your animal to soothe irritations and cleanse before dressing or applying Aloe Vera Gelly. It’s also great for grooming; just spray it directly on the coat after bathing for shine and condition. Used as a leg wash, it can soothe and protect after heavy exercise.
ALOE VERA GELLY
Can be used as a topical preparation to soothe skin irritations, including minor cuts, stings and abrasions. It is a thick gel with anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties, which lubricates and soothes wounded tissue in sensitive areas. Its highly penetrative properties can also help reduce excessive ‘proud flesh’ and ease soreness caused by bit-rubbing.
ALOE MULTI-PURPOSE DETERGENT
This Multi-purpose, biodegradable, environmentally-friendly and economical liquid concentrate is used as a highly effective cleanser and disinfectant for grooming equipment and for washing blankets and numnahs, tack and feed-bins. The non-abrasive Aloe Vera content makes it mild and safe to use. It is even excellent for tail-whitening.
Formulated for the entire family to use, Forever Toothgel contains only the highest quality ingredients. It is also suitable for vegetarians since it contains no animal by-products. Natural peppermint and spearmint flavourings leave your mouth feeling fresh and clean. The optimum percentage of aloe vera gel needed for effective cleaning was determined after extensive testing at a leading dental college in the US. The result is a toothgel with a cleaning ability second to none, with abrasiveness so low that it has been declared a polishing gel by an independent dental laboratory. With all the other benefits that aloe vera gel brings to the gums, here is a toothgel preparation that not only matches the competition, it beats it hands down.
ALOE HAND & FACE SOAP
Rich and creamy moisturising liquid soap, perfect for the entire family. The mild and non-irritating formula creates a luxurious lather to cleanse the face, hands and body on a daily basis. Usage: Release the lock mechanism and dispense a small amount of Aloe Hand & Face Soap into wet hands. Gently work into a thick lather for thorough cleansing. Rinse with warm water and dry.
ALOE PROPOLIS CREAM
Combining our world leadership in aloe vera and beehive products, Aloe Propolis Creme is one of our most popular skincare preparations. Once you’ve tried it, you’ll see why! Excellent as a skin moisturiser and conditioner, Aloe Propolis Creme is a rich blend of stabilised aloe vera gel and bee propolis, with other ingredients recognised for their contribution to healthy skin. Camomile, one of nature’s best-known skin care herbs, is also added to the mix. Vitamins A and E complete the formula, recognised for their natural skin conditioning properties. Apply Aloe Propolis Creme to help maintain a healthy skin tone and texture.