Aloe for horses: The many ways aloe benefits horses

⚠️ DISCLAIMER ((WARNING)):⚠️ The internal gel of the aloe plant is what we are discussing, the skin contains toxic substances to horses! Never, EVER give your horse a full aloe leaf. ⚠️

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Aloe originated in the Arabian Peninsula. There, it flourishes in rich tropical climates.

Aloe is a common house plant that we use for aesthetic purposes and medical purposes alike.

Today, I want to talk about the great benefits that aloe has on horses. The best part? YOU CAN GROW ALOE IN YOUR HOME!


Ulcers and Gastrointestinal Tract
However, it is not commonly known that Aloe can be used in the equine diet for horses that have ulcers. Aloe is mucilaginous, which essentially means it has a “gooey” consistency. In being so, it has the ability to soothe the gastrointestinal tract in the body of the equine.

In addition, Aloe proves to be high in fiber, which can help to support proper regulation.
Aloe can be a secret weapon for reliving horses of ulcers.


Aid in rehydration

To help prevent colic due to dehydration in a stressful situation, it is proven that giving your horse aloe can help. That being said, when you exercise your horse, he/she may benefit from aloe in order to rehydrate itself.


Aid in wounds

Despite a popular thought that “Horse’s have thick skin”, a horse actually has very thin and easily hurt skin. Aloe is able to protect and heal wounds on your horse. In addition to the physical healing of the wound, aloe can promote new hair growth.


Aids in helping to reduce pain

Often times the symptoms of dilated blood vessels, swelling and redness can be reduced by the use of aloe. In addition to blocking bradykinin (what causes blood vessels to dilate), aloe can increase endorphin production that leads to pain relief.


 

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