Aloe Vera Gel or Juice as a Horse Supplement
Although using Aloe Vera for horses is not a new concept in horse health, there are still many horse owners who do not know the health promoting benefits of feeding aloe gel or juice. So here is a quick look into why Aloe Vera gel or juice makes a great natural horse supplement option.
Horse Health Promoting Benefits
Although Aloe Vera is commonly known and used as a topical wound care and dressing to speed healing time for horses, it can also be a great digestive and lymph system support as a dietary option.
When selecting an aloe gel or juice to add to your horse’s clean supplement ration avoid products that contain the sticky latex portion that is extracted from the plant. Often they will be referred to as “aloes” on an ingredient list. You can find pure, organic options at your local grocer.
Aloe Vera is known for being beneficial for the skin, stomach, and digestive health. It is high in digestible fiber, and its unique consistency is soothing to the digestive tract.
Historically Aloe Vera is also known for its antioxidants, anti-inflammatory, and cell protective properties. Part of this is due to the fact that it contains complex sugars called mucopolysaccarides that support cellular health and function.
It is commonly used to help maintain a healthy digestive system and even a recommendation to aid in healing gastric ulcers and supporting the proper pH balance of the hindgut.
I have personally used Aloe Vera for my horses and often have recommended it for client horses as well. The first mare I tried this on many years ago had chronically struggled with ulcers. The owner had put her through invasive diagnostic tests and rounds of pharmaceutical treatment but her condition returned time and time again. With some suggestions on a cleaner more natural grain ration and the addition of Aloe Vera gel the mare improved, and up to this point has not had ulcer symptoms or concerns since.
If your horse has chronic digestive concerns or has a high-stress level due to performance and travel, this natural support could make a positive difference when combined with a clean supplement ration without additives, fillers, and synthetics.
Horse Health Bonus Tip-
We would like to share a video we have found helpful for palpating for suspected gastric ulcers. We have used DePaolo Equine Concepts for horse hair analysis and were pleased with the results.
For more tips on natural horse supplements and equine digestion tips check out these posts:
- 7 Natural Digestive Supplements for Horses
- The Three Amigos of Equine Digestive Health
- 5 Reasons to Select Chia Seed as a Horse Supplement
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