Medoca is a product range developed by Totally Wild (Pty) Ltd, a Cape Town based company specialising in the development of a range of specialty beverage and skincare products, the key ingredient of which is Aloe ferox.

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Aloe & Equine Health

Aloe juice has been used in the equine industry in many parts of the world, for a long time with much success,
and especially in the diet and treatment of performance horses. In countries like Australia, Ireland, Denmark and
United Arab Emirates to name just a few, aloe juice is given to the horses on a daily basis, as a nutritional dietary
supplement and / or to treat stomach or hind-gut ulcers.

Find out what makes horse’s prone to ulcers, how conventional treatments fall short, and how the natural benefits
of Medoca Aloe Juice and Medoca Aloe Gel provide a soothing and sustainable healing benefit.

A remarkable story of love and healing

Medoca is a young thoroughbred filly who was raced a few times then later found abandoned on a farm in 2016 when only 4 years old – mere skin and bone, a walking skeleton, riddled with stomach and hind-gut ulcers, and extremely ill.

She was rescued by a loving family who nursed her back to health, and she is now the picture of health and happiness.

Medoca’s new family treated her with the love and respect that she deserved. The equine fraternity are familiar with conventional ulcer treatments, and in severe cases like this, she required an intensive course of traditional medication. ‘Team Medoca’,following international trends, decided to supplement the medication with an organic aloe juice and have seen excellent results. Medoca was initially given 250ml Aloe Juice (by syringe) twice daily. More recently, her great recovery has allowed the dosage to be reduced to 250ml once daily.

The aloe soothed and helped to heal the ulcers, provided part of the much-needed nourishment that her depleted body needed, and helped her to recover her energy and zest for life which had been so clearly missing when she was found in such poor condition. Her new owners are unwavering in their belief of the aloe’s role in her remarkable recovery, and they are continuing to give Medoca her daily dose of aloe as an ulcer preventative and for her general health.

Her rescuers ensured that she received the right medical treatment, part of which was treating the many sores on her body with an organic aloe gel.
They found that the sores healed and “scabbed” far more quickly and effectively than they anticipated and are impressed by the aloe gel’s role in this healing process.

Medoca’s recovery through a combined regimen of medication, aloe juice and aloe gel was so astonishing that the aloe products used on Medoca have now been named after this incredible horse.

Dr Stefan Claasen, an equine veterinarian from Noordhoek, has been involved in Medoca’s treatment from the time she was rescued. This is what Dr Claasen had to say about the effect of the aloe juice on Medoca’s recovery:

“Aloe Juice was used as an auxiliary treatment in addition to traditional medical treatment protocols. An improvement in Medoca’s appetite and overall health was noted after a few weeks of treatment. The gastro-protective properties of aloe juice certainly played a role in Medoca’s recovery.”

Dr Stefan Claasen, Equine Veterinarian


What makes horses prone to ulcers?

A large percentage of all horses suffer from either stomach, duodoenal or colonic ulcers at one time or another. The causes are varied but are often the result of the following:

Non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs
These drugs, commonly given to horses lead to “right dorsal colitis”, a condition of ulceration and inflammation confined to a specific region of the large colon in horses.

Feed concentrates
The type and amount of roughage play a role in ulcer development. Roughage, because it requires more chewing, stimulates the production of more saliva. The swallowed saliva helps to neutralize stomach acid. There is an increase in acid production when concentrates are fed.

Horses evolved to graze, eating many small meals frequently. This way, the stomach is rarely empty and the stomach acid has less of a damaging effect. If horses and foals do not eat frequently, the acid builds up and ulcers are more likely to develop.

Amount of exercise
As the amount of exercise increases, there is often a change in feeding (e.g. more times of fasting, less roughage), which increases the risk of ulcer development. In addition, exercise may increase the time it takes for the stomach to empty, so large amounts of acid can remain in an empty stomach for a prolonged period of time.

Stress itself may decrease the amount of blood flow to the stomach, which makes the lining of the stomach more vulnerable to injury from stomach acid. Factors that can also influence the formation of ulcers are transportation, frequent competitions and unfamiliar surroundings.

Why conventional ulcer treatments fall short

Many conventional ulcer medications simply involve acid reduction which will help to heal stomach ulcers, but stomach acid is very important in the early stages of the digestive process, so it’s not advisable to reduce the acid too much. If there is not sufficient stomach acid to break down the food, it will move into the small intestine only partially digested, and the small intestine won’t be able to absorb the nutrients. So this is not a long-term solution, which is why many horse-owners and vets are turning to natural alternatives to treat ulcers. One of the commonly used methods is the use of aloe juice.

How Medoca Aloe Juice provides a sustainable natural alternative

Aloe is recognised world-wide as a soothing and healing agent for the entire digestive tract in humans and animals alike.

The key active ingredient in aloe is its natural sugars (polysaccharides), which nourish cells and support them in replicating which is especially important for the healing of pre-existing ulcers. These polysaccharides not only produce a soothing and healing effect on the entire digestive tract, but provide additional energy which has been found to improve a horse’s stamina during an event, as well as aid (speed up) recovery after the event.

A regular daily intake of Medoca Aloe Juice will go a long way to help maintain your horse’s gut health, as well as protect against and help to prevent the formation of ulcers. It can be combined with Slippery Elm – another natural plant-based remedy – and either mixed into the horse’s feed, or (ideally) syringed directly into the horse’s mouth prior to feeding.

Made from Wild Grown Aloe Ferox

Wild-grown aloe ferox plants, growing in their natural habitat in the Southern Cape region of South Africa. Ingredients: Aloe juice 69.6%, Aloe pulp 30%, Citric Acid 0.4%. As opposed to being cultivated, each aloe ferox plant maintains its own genetic biodiversity (DNA) which strengthens the plants against extreme climatic conditions as well as disease. This means that there is no need for the use chemical fertilizers, pesticides or fungicides.

100% Natural & Organic

Medoca Aloe Juice is one of the most natural aloe juices to be found anywhere in the world. Preservative free and certified Organic by Ecocert SA

No Artificial Additives

No added colouring, flavouring, thickening agents etc.

Naturally Gelatinous

Naturally gelatinous so the juice coats the digestive tract, allowing the active ingredients in the aloe time to soothe and heal all troubled areas on its path through the horse’s system.

No Added Sugar

The natural sugars contained in Medoca Aloe Juice produce a soothing and healing effect on the entire digestive tract. There is no added sugar.

No Adverse Side effects

You can administer Medoca Aloe Juice to the treated horse with no fear of overdosing or of the horse suffering any adverse side effects.

Treats and helps to prevent ulcers

Natural polysaccharides produce a soothing and healing effect on the entire digestive tract

Improves Stamina & Performance

These natural sugars also provide additional energy to improve a horse’s stamina during an event

Speeds up Recovery

The sugars also contribute to fast recovery after the event.

High in digestible fibre

Which means it lowers bowel transit time, absorbs toxins in the bowel, Regulates colonic bacteria and soothes and protects the digestive tract

Medoca Aloe Gel

Certified organic, Medoca Aloe Gel is on one the most natural aloe gels to be found anywhere in the world. It is made from wild-grown ferox plants, growing in their natural habitat in the southern Cape region of South Africa, and enhanced with several other South African natural plant extracts.

Medoca Aloe Gel can be used for saddle sores and abrasions, greasy heel and any dry, flaky skin conditions such as sweet itch. The gel also has a mild anti-fungal effect.

The gel is gentle yet effective and can even be used on sores inside the mouth as all ingredients are food-grade. Unique ingredients include:

Aloe Ferox Gelly

Known for hundreds of years for its soothing, healing and moisturising properties. Very effective in the treatment of burns, sunburn, dry/flaky itching skin problems, eczema,psoriasis etc.

Aloe Ferox Leaf Extract

Strong antiseptic, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties make it an effective ingredient in treating scratches and abrasions, insect bites as well as bruising and swelling.

Kalahari Melon Seed Oil

Rich in omega fatty acids, helps to regenerate and repair damaged skin.


Has high levels of several vitamins and minerals - especially Vitamin D and Zinc – which promote healthy skin.

Cape Chamomile

Well known for its calming activity and is recognised as one of the most powerfully calming oils available. It also has strong anti-inflammatory properties.

Lemongrass Oil

Has analgesic, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and antifungal properties, making it one of the most versatile and health-promoting essential oils.

Sunflower Seed Oil

Conditions the skin by slowing down evaporation of its natural stores of moisture.

Rosemary Oil

Antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant. Helps with healing wounds and bruises and is good for dry, flaky skin.

Naturally preserved with Glycerol Caprylate, Levulinic Acid, Sodium Levulinate, Salicylic Acid, Mix of essential oils.

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I have been giving my 25 year old thoroughbred Medoca aloe juice for a few months now and have seen a remarkable difference. He has picked up weight and is so much calmer. I give him 50ml every day. I started taking it as well as I have a hiatus hernia and since i started taking it I have not had any heart burn or reflux attacks. This product is amazing and very affordable and it is organic.

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