26 DEBRA DELATORRE Passions for health and horse
59 years ago, Debra Delatorre’s father launched an aloe industry; now she enjoys seeing the benefits for the beloved horses
HT: Debra, why would I give aloe to my horse?
DEBRA: Well, if you love your horse, you want your horse to be at its very best—and at its healthiest. I got into Aloe Vera Equine because my litle mare showed up with ulcer symptoms one day. I knew about aloe vera because my dad started the aloe vera busi- ness in 1971, so we have had a long history of aloe vera use for our horses and for people.
HT: So, your litle mare had ulcers...
DEBRA: She had ulcer symptoms. I didn’t scope her, but she had the classic symptoms, and she was very reactive to me, especially on her right side. If I approached her on the right and touched her along the rib cage, she would try to bite me and move away from me. If I hadn’t read a book by Dr. Madalyn Ward on horses and natural ways of horse keeping, I wouldn’t have realized that she wasn’t just misbehaving. I would have thought it was just her being ornery.
HT: Some people might have thought “oh, she’s just being a mare... that’s mare-ish.” But she was truly giving the signs that she was in distress.
DEBRA: She was talking to me, yes. Even touching her, the slightest amount on the right side. So I called my father, the aloe vera expert, and asked, “when you did that research study with the University of Wisconsin for dairy cows—that’s a 1,000- lb. animal, and a horse is about a 1,000-lb. animal—how much would I give her?” I had heard people using aloe on their ulcers with great results. He said, give her two ounces of the concentrate. I took a bucket of oats and I poured the aloe vera concentrate over that, and she just ate it up. She loved it. I thought she really loves the taste of aloe, just by itself.
HT: What does it look like, and how does it pour?
question because we’ve been doing this business since 1971, but it’s really been geared toward people. So, aſter my mare was helped so much with her ulcer issues, I shared it with a friend of mine whose horses suffered from a poisoning incident. The aloe vera was able to get them through that, and then another friend used it for something else. My dad approached me and asked, “Wouldn’t you like to have a business selling aloe for horses?”
HT: When did you decide to become the horse expert in aloe vera?
DEBRA: It was in 2016 that we decided that we were really going to do this.
HT: Do I wait for something happen to my horse to fix something or do I give this supplement to my horse before something happens that will help them along—perhaps prevent something.
DEBRA: It is very liquid—a litle more viscous than water. But it’s very watery. I poured two ounces over about a cup and a half of oats, and just feed it to her like that. She just ate it up. In about four days, I saw a huge change in her demeanor. She wasn’t trying to kick me anymore.
HT: So, being the daughter of the inventor, the creator of this company... it took you all these years for you to really believe him that the product really worked with your horses?
DEBRA: (laughing) Well, no... because as kids, if we ever complained about a tummy ache, guess what we got? “Here... take some aloe!” I can promise you in five or 10 min- utes that tummy ache was gone. It does the same thing for our horses.
HT: I can tell you have a passion for hors- es. What was it that prompted you and the company to take this product into the horse industry?
DEBRA: Thank you—that is really a great
DEBRA: You know what they say, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
HT: So, by taking this, whether it be horse, human, dog or whatever, you can boost the immune system.
DEBRA: Well, aloe vera works on a cellular level. It is really at the very essence of life on the cellular level. It’s not a symptomatic approach or a band aid approach to fixing a particular ailment or a disease. What aloe does is it really supports the body in healing itself. There are huge amounts of Acemannan, a mannose polysaccharide that is in copious amounts in aloe vera. Nothing on this planet has as much of that mannose polysaccharide as aloe. When we supply our cells with aloe vera and mannose, our body will really take care of healing itself. Our body is really meant to be in a state of health and wellness and operating at its optimal. If the cellular com- munication is correct, we are going to be in a healthy state. So, prevention is important, and you can
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