Why did we develop a CBD product for horses?
Tuesday, February 18, 2020
I am asked all the time, “why did you start another business?” I have a successful employee benefit insurance agency, so my friends and family thought I was nuts when I pursued the idea of a horse cookie with CBD oil in it. The reason is simple; a horse named I Like Hot Chips aka Burt. Burt is an AQHA World Champion and Reserve World Champion Western Pleasure Horse. When I officially met Burt five years ago, he was the saddest horse I ever met. When I had him vet checked for soundness, he had only one leg that was sound. The other three legs were a hot mess. My veterinarian told me not to buy him, but that chestnut horse stole my heart. So, with the help of good veterinarians and state of the art technology, Burt was sound. To keep him that way, I had to give him Previcox, or now Equinox, every day. I had a horse die of colic a few years earlier because of the Bute that I had to give him after surgery, and I was nervous about the same thing happening to Burt. I am not huge on pharmaceuticals and rarely take an aspirin myself choosing instead a more herbal and natural way to manage my aches and pains.
I am from Colorado and when marijuana was legalized here, I was pretty upset about it. Then my husband brought home CBD Oil for his arthritis and friends started telling me how it helped with their pain. One day at the barn, during a cold winter day, Burt came out of his stall stiff from the cold weather. I had a huge ah ha moment and that is when the idea formed in my mind to give CBD Oil to Burt. After searching the internet and not finding a product, I called my friend Heidi, who has her PhD in Natural Medicine, and asked her to help me. We went into the kitchen and started baking. Finally, our CBD Oil horse cookie was developed. Originally, I just wanted something to help Burt. But Heidi knew we were on to something and suggested we turned it into a business. So that is how H & J Equine Supplements was created.
So, how did Burt do on the CBD Oil? He put on weight and, at 15 years old, I was thrilled to see him fill out and his hair coat was slick and shiny. The stiffness went away, and, at times, I thought I was riding a much younger horse. I eventually weaned him off the equinox and substituted the CBD cookie. While holding my breath, Burt became stronger every day. As a matter of fact, he is doing so well I put him back into training and even though AQHA has banned the use of CBD Oil (that is addressed in the Drug Testing for CBD & Showing your Horse blog), I feel comfortable taking him off the CBD to take him back into the show ring. If you have a horse that is older, sore, arthritic, diabetic, growing or needs calming and focus, then you might want to try H & J CBD Cookie to see if you have the same amazing results that I did.
Love and hug your horse’s peeps. They are truly a gift from God.
Jeri Kay & Burt