Treatments for Horses (A-Z)
an introduction to some of the many uses of Aloe Vera in the care of Horses
Equine Care sheet

Aloe Vera can be used by the owner of an animal as a complementary medicinal herb
to help a previously diagnosed condition or as a first aid treatment
whilst waiting to see a veterinary surgeon.

Arthritis/Osteoarthritis: If an animal lives long enough it will usually
develop arthritis in one or more joints due to normal wear and tear and impact
trauma as well as the degenerative joint disease osteoarthritis . Aloe Vera has
proved to be the best medium to administer traditional supplements by increasing
the absorption of glucosamine, chondroitin, hydraluronic acid and
methylsulphonylmethane (MSM) for
Arthritis in Animals
Forever Freedom:(approved by the Jockey Club) 60-250mls per day

Digestive System: Epithelial tissue lines the whole of the digestive tract so
any problem in that system, particularly where inflammation is involved can be
treated beneficially with Aloe.  Aloe Vera can help treat stomititis, gingivitis, oral
and gastric ulcers, Crohn's disease and Irritable Bowl Syndrome to name a few
conditions...... click for
Equine Gastric Ulcer Syndrome
Aloe Vera Gel: dose 60-250mls per day combined with bland diet.
Aloe Vera Veterinary Spray /Aloe Vera Gelly: topical application in mouth
for soars, ulcers etc

Ear and Eye Problems: Infection and inflammation can develop in the vertical
and horizontal ear canals (most common is otitis externia) as a result of foreign
bodies,ie; grass seeds, mites, bacteria, fungi and yeasts accumulating, or tumours.
Aloe Vera Gel, Aloe Vera Gelly and Bee Propolis: usually a 5 to7 day
treatment of a combination of these products after a veterinarian has dealt with
any foreign body or tumour.
Any form of eye disease or trauma must be referred to a veterinarian. Injuries can
be cleaned and topically treated with Aloe Vera to help treat infections and clear
debri and damaged tissue without removing healthy cells. Conjunctivitis
and keratitis and ulcers can all be soothed topically and treated with diluted  
Aloe Vera Veterinary Spray and Aloe Vera Gelly .

Grass Sickness: A disease that's cause remains unknown but believed to be the
result of toxins in grass damaging the autonomic nervous system. Most cases die,
but some with intensive supportive symptomatic treatment and intensive nursing
have been saved.
Recently six diagnosed cases made full recovery when treated with 4 ltrs  
Vera Gel
a day, initially administered by a vet via stomach tube, and owners
feeding them small amounts at regular intervals through the day; until appetite
returned. Then 2 ltrs per day until normal, aftercare continues with a maintenance
dose of 60mls per day.

Head Shaking: Sinusitis complications starting from allergic rhinitus and
sinusitis through pollen exposure can develop head shaking in horses which is
often difficult to control and habit forming. Some horses respond to preventative
treatment of
Aloe Vera Gel in their diets, Aloe Vera Gelly rubbed into
nostrils twice daily or nebulized
Aloe Vera Veterinary Spray inhaled daily and
Bee Pollen tablets taken orally each day. Complimentry treatments may
have a "healing crisis" ~ the nasal and eye discharges and head shaking can
initially get worse for a week.

Hoof Care: Laminitis is a condition of heat, pain and lameness caused by
inflammation of the sensitive laminae within the hooves.
Aloe Vera Gel carries
75 known nutrients and vitamins vital to healthy tissue and has been shown in
horses to effect a much higher rate of horn growth of better quality than in animals
not given aloe, this plus its action as an anti-inflammatory along with conventional
farrier and veterinary care has helped control the problem in over 80% of cases.
Aloe Vera Heat Lotion applied to the coronary band also helps relieve pain
and increase circulation.
Likewise 125mls twice a day of
Aloe Vera Forever Freedom Gel  combined
with veterinary treatment until lameness improves, then maintenance of
120mls/day for life can be beneficial in cases of Navicular disease.
Clinical trials have been successful in showing the benefits of  
Aloe Vera Gel in
the treatment of 'cracked hooves' with a 42% increase in growth of strong healthy
hoof supporting the use of aloe as a maintenance supplement.

Immunological System: A role of the immune system is to recognise what is
meant to be in our bodies and what is not. When this goes wrong the immune
system is turned against normal body tissue, resulting in auto-immune diseases. If
the response is too strong/overactive to normally harmless substances, the result
is allergies. If the response is underactive the result is diseases like chronic
fatigue syndrome (ME). Horses that have had exposure to a herpes virus
combined with too much work and stress suffer Equine Post Viral Lethargy
Syndrome a condition that has been tested with a proven 70% full recovery
response to six weeks of rest and daily treatment with 250ml
Aloe Vera Gel as
well as
Bee Prollen and Bee Propolis tablets. for
Veterinary Times report and Immune System & FLP Products

Intestinal Parasites / Worms: Aloe Vera has NO proven effect on the
encysted and migratory stages in the parasite life cycle, therefore all animals must
be treated with preparatory wormers.... click for advice on
Equine Worming
There is evidence however that Aloe Vera Gel fed as a daily maintenance has
an indirect role to play in stimulating the animals natural immunity to intestinal
parasites as well as helping with tissue repair of any damage from past infestation.

Mud Fever and other Skin Problems: Dermatitis is common in the horse and
has many colloquial names: Mud Fever; a scabby eczema seen at the back of the
pasterns, or  a similar condition Rain Scald over the back and rump, and sun
sensitive white muzzles suffer with scabby eczema. Sweat Itch is a common allergic
reaction to midge bites resulting in self mutilation and a skin response of
Any build up of dirt and debri can be cleansed away with a light spray of  
Vera Veterinary Formula
taking care not to wet the area too much.
The greasy scabs that need drying can be gently broken down and removed by a
daily application of
Aloe Vera Gelly which while removing the damaged tissue
will accelerate the healing of the deeper epithelial tissue with the provision of
essential micro-nutrients combined with an anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial
action preventing infection while promoting cell growth.
In persistent dry eczema cases,
Aloe Propolis Creme combines the benefits of
aloe with the antibacterial, anti-viral and anti-parasitic properties of propolis
moisturising the dry skin and preventing secondary infection.
Aloe Vera Gel added to the diet as a regular maintenance also helps the immune
system buffering against skin problems getting out of hand and aids recovery from
the inside. for
Seasonal Skin Problems

Wounds or Burns: In the management of wounds or burns aloe vera has proved
to be an exceptional herb in optimising conditions for rapid healing by initially
cleansing wounds with
Aloe Vera Liquid Soap. Decontaminating and
preventing further contamination by spraying with
Aloe Vera Veterinary
which gently rinses and flushes out the gross contamination as well as
necrotic tissue, without harming or killing healthy epithelial tissue vital for
regeneration of new cells to repair the damage.
Aloe Vera Gelly then topically
applied has been clinically shown to significantly increase the rate of healing, and
reducing excess granulation of tissue; thus minimising scarring (an additional
benefit of aloe protecting the healthy epithelial cells is the massive hair regrowth
with very few white hairs over the wound site). for
Wound Healing with Aloe

Further information the benefits of Aloe Vera for your animals
can be found in David Urch's book:
Aloe Vera - Nature's Gift
which covers the use of aloe vera in vet practice.
Contact: Anabel Jay to enquire about buying your copy or
to find out how you can purchase products at Wholesale.
Tel: 01773 520538 / mobile: 07939 536202