Aloe vera gel for a horse remedy

Discover the benefits of this extraordinary plant that is aloe vera on horses

Aloe vera gel, for a horse remedy
Veterinarian Dominique Maleyran is a regular consultant to the Forever organization in France and will be specially for the Benelux, speaker during the Success Day on November 19. During her professional career, she has experienced the positive effect of different aloe vera products on many animals. In this article, she describes her research and experiences with aloe vera in horses. Read her conclusions below.

Many plants, including aloe vera, have anti-inflammatory and healing properties for digestive purposes. Different studies have already shown the interest of this plant in the management of certain digestive inflammatory conditions. Our English veterinary colleague David Urch, also a famous author, uses for years Aloe Vera Gel on racehorses with gastric problems. "

Digestive problem

Digestion problems in horses are very common and no less than 60% of racehorses are affected. The clinical signs that we observe as veterinarians are often vague and not very specific: weight loss, behavioral disorders with sometimes a certain aggressiveness, nervousness, yawning, gnashing of teeth and more rarely discreet colic. Very often, the decrease in performance is the only symptom. In our veterinary clinic, we often see that an ulcer is the cause of digestive problems in the horse.

Why do horses so often have digestion problems?

One of the most striking features of the horse's stomach is its small size compared to the animal itself and the amount of food consumed
Normally, the feeding behavior of grazing adult horses or non-weaned foals is to eat on an almost keep on going. 
The inside of the horse's stomach is made up of two main parts, a large non-glandular region occupying the bottom of the stomach and a part of the stomach body and a glandular region, which includes the cardiac (cardia), gastric and pyloric areas. 
They are separated by a sutural line, the margo plicatus, along which mainly develop stomach problems. 
Hydrochloric acid is the main intrinsic factor favoring lesions of the mucosa. 
The glandular cells in the stomach secrete this acid continuously. 
The measured PH of the gastric content of the horse varies according to feeding behavior: it is less than 2 (therefore very acidic) on fasted horses and more than 6 on fed horses. 
The most important protective mechanisms against mucosal ulceration are the layer of bicarbonate-rich mucus, gastric mucosa blood flow and cell restoration.
These elementary bases explain by themselves that the factors of breeding competition horses with in particular fractional meals and therefore a stomach
often "empty" promotes irritation of the gastric mucosa by the action of hydrochloric acid and other digestive juices such as pepsin. 
Also, be aware that there is no pyloric sphincter in the horse and therefore the reflux of the duodenum into the stomach is normal. 
Dehydrated food, pellets and dry fodder also increases mechanical irritation of the mucosa and mobilizes mucus secretion. 

Classic treatments

The most effective current conventional treatment is an antacid, prescribed by a veterinarian over a period of 4 weeks. The optimum dose treatment costs between 30 and 40 euros per day. This treatment must also be interrupted at least six days before a competition insofar as according to anti-doping laws, it can be
considered doping.

Results of the studies we conducted in France

Aloe Vera Gel can, as we have seen previously, be used in horses with gastric problems. Read below my explanations of the experimental prescriptions for Aloe Vera Gel for the treatment of specific stomach problems such as gastric ulcers.

Experimental protocol

We have submitted our project in France to a research structure in equine sports medicine, Equi – Test, led by Claire Leleu, Veterinary Doctor.
With it, we defined and finalized the protocol and started the research project. 12 race horses, 8 trotters and 4 gallopers from 6 centers
different training and recruited on the basis of the call signs mentioned above. 
A first fibroscopy is performed to highlight ulcerative lesions and a video recording is performed for each horse. Some are immediately put on Aloe Vera at the rate of 100 ml per horse morning and evening, away from the meal of granules, for 3 weeks.
Some horses first serve as controls and receive no treatment for three weeks. 
Environmental conditions are strictly maintained identical throughout the protocol: diet, training level, frequency of competitions. 
At the end of 3 weeks, a fibroscopy is again performed with registration and the horses which had not received Aloe take 200 ml per day for 3 weeks. 
This allows us to obtain 16 clinical cases from 12 horses. 
For each horse, 1 minute tracks, the most representative, were selected on each recording and burned on a DVD. 
They are then viewed in random order by four veterinarians specializing in equine endoscopy. ’


In summary: 8 horses out of 11 finally treated presented an improvement of the gastric mucosa, that is to say more than 70%. Of the 3 cases of failure, the horses were checked by gastroscopy, 3 days after a race; the significant stress induced by competition can therefore be at the origin of these results. 
On the control batch, no difference noted on the mucosal lesions, even a slight worsening, which confirms that the lesions do not heal spontaneously if the horses are kept in the same environment. 
This preliminary study confirms the interest of Aloe Vera in nutritional supplementation in the treatment of digestive problems such as gastric ulcers in horses.

The use of Aloe Vera Gel has yet other benefits

It is not considered to be doping, its cost is much lower than the usual treatment based on drugs and can be used at half dose as a preventive and in synergy with conventional treatment.

Tips for a good result

  • A dose of 200 ml for 3 weeks must be respected (i.e. 4 to 6 euros per day);
  • Administer 100 ml in the morning and 100 ml in the evening, ideally 15 minutes before the meal;
  • Give Aloe Vera Gel daily for 3 weeks. ’

Autor: Aloevera Forever

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