Aloe vera has long been touted as a miracle healing plant, especially when applied to burns, wounds and other skin conditions. The juice and gel of the succulent contains over 75 vitamins and minerals, such as vitamins C and E, which help nourish and rebuild skin cells and acts as an anti-inflammatory. These clinical compounds speed up the healing of dermatological issues and help produce shiny, radiant skin in humans, as well as horses.
“Many racehorse trainers use aloe vera on their horses, significantly reducing lost training time through minor skin injuries and skin conditions,” reported equestrianmag.com.
For horses, aloe vera can be applied to wounds, rashes and burns. Contaminated wounds treated with aloe vera gel have healed well in tests without antibiotic cover and without the development of excessive granulation tissue, reports equestrianmag.com. In fact, when aloe vera is applied, studies show that wounds heal up to 35% quicker than when using conventional products. Other benefits of using aloe vera are less scarring and increased hair renewal. If treating a horse wound with aloe vera, the infected area must be thoroughly cleaned, can be sprayed with aloe vera juice and topically dressed with aloe vera gel.
Aloe vera is also an effective all-natural supplement for skin conditions such as allergies, rashes and many other types of dermatitis. Whether a horse is suffering from a fungal infection or sweet itch, a dermatitis that occurs from biting midges, aloe vera may be employed topically or orally by food. Aloe vera will decrease external inflammation and assist in cell regeneration, which increases overall healing time.
Horses are also prone to many skin conditions resulting from weather and environmental surroundings, such as burns and bacteria-filled scabbing. Especially when kept outdoors in wet weather, horses may suffer from rain scald or mud fever, two conditions that beget eczema-like symptoms. In these cases, a topical treatment on dry skin will penetrate the developed legions and scabbing and stimulate healing. In his research of equine medicine, G.M. Baxter reported that aloe vera gel relieves pain, decreases inflammation and kills bacteria, all of which make aloe vera the most effective topical treatment for burns.
Management of Burns: Equine Medicine and Surgery. Baxter, G.M. Vol. II, pp. 1625-9