It’s not unusual for me to receive dozens of packages a month in the mail. Not surprisingly, most of these are supplements and other items earmarked for my horses.

My husband has grown used to it too. Unlike me, but much like my horses, my hubby consumes a slew of supplements for his own workout routines. Sometimes he’s putting protein powder in shakes to drink on his way to work. Or he guzzles down “pre-workout” powder with some water on his way to the gym. Then there are the vitamins he takes for muscle retention and overall joint support, because he likes to pick up heavy things and put them back down at the gym.

I caught my husband, Alex, checking out the supplement tubs that came in the mail for my gelding recently. The first time, I didn’t think much of it. But the third or fourth time I caught him analyzing the label and typing away on his phone, it started to seem a little strange.

So I asked him about it.

As it turns out, Alex was comparing the minerals and elements in my horses’ “workout powders” to his own. He was astonished to see that in most cases, they were virtually the same stuff (aside from the dosages).

I guess I never really thought about it, but it makes a lot of sense. My horse is an athlete. I’m fueling his body with supplements that support his general wellness and fitness.

Ever since this “aha” moment, Alex has been more interested in the stuff I buy for my horse. He actually even uses some of it. Weird, I know.

Protein. My mare used an amino acid formula for strength, recovery and muscle support. It has almost all the same elements in one of Alex’s work out supplements. So he was astonished to find out the company also makes the same stuff for humans.

Cooling Fluids. My OTTB gelding naturally runs a little too hot, so I keep him on a balanced, probiotic gut remedy that uses natural salts, fruits and vegetables to keep him cool. Alex was fascinated by this and all of a sudden is adding mango, fennel seeds, chia seeds and even Hawaiian black lava salt to his diet.

Liniment. Liniment and Mineral Ice are like the Icy Hot to our horses. Alex keeps his own tub of Mane & Tail’s Mineral Ice in his gym bag now because he’s convinced it’s more potent than the stuff he can buy at Walgreens or GNC. He also doesn’t seem to mind the strong liniment smell…

Compression. I own a pair of Equisleeve socks for my gelding that is prone to stocking up when he’s in a stall too long and has wind puffs. When Alex pulled a muscle in his arm after lifting too heavy at the gym recently, you bet he slid one of those babies on his arm to help give him some tight support and relief.

Alex has already been asking about my Back on Track boots, but I’m not sure if I’m ready to share those with him just yet.

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