While GO2 is new to the Australian equine community, it has a very successful track record in the UK under the brand name of Oxyshot. Oxyshot has become a number one product there since its launch a few years ago, and is endorsed and recommended by leading professionals and vets in the equine field. You can read their reviews on our site. By the way, all of that product sold in the UK and now also in the USA & Middle East, is made here in Australia at the GO2 manufacturing facility.
GO2 is a nutritional liquid made of 100% natural ingredients. It’s administered directly into the horse’s throat by syringe or drenching gun. Within just a few minutes, GO2’s high concentration of oxygen replenishes oxygen levels in the blood.
The method and speed with which GO2 enriches the blood with oxygen is what sets it apart from any other product you’re likely to have used. It helps you quickly bring out the best in your horse in lots of ways, from calmness & concentration to fitness, performance and recovery, to conditioning and wellbeing and ageing well. The reason GO2 is so versatile and successful, is that it is simply making more oxygen available for the horse’s body to naturally use for whatever is its greatest priority at that time. There are no known side effects and GO2 meets all FEI and WADA requirements.
Many situations are potentially stressful for a horse. Travelling, crowds, traffic, adverse weather, shoeing, vet visits, competition, or simply riding. What happens when the animal gets stressed is that its body creates additional hormones. This increases the demand for oxygen to neutralize those hormones, and even a small depletion of oxygen levels can quickly lead to undesired behaviour. In times of competition this issue can be magnified due to the need for the body to also supply more and more oxygen to the working muscles, and the resulting impact on performance can be very significant.
Traditional calmers provide very useful ingredients such as magnesium or herbs but they don’t provide the most important nutrient, oxygen. There’s only one product that does this effectively and that product is GO2. Most calming products require an active ingredient to be built up in the system for it to be effective and so they are often fed daily. While it’s beneficial in many ways to give your horse GO2 daily, for the purpose of calming you can simply give a shot of GO2 a few minutes before you want it to work, so you have excellent control over when you want to calm your horse. GO2 is effective for 2 to 4 hours, then an additional shot may be given if needed.
GO2 is not a sedative, so there’s no dulling of the senses. In fact oxygen enhances mental focus so GO2 is ideal for use prior to dressage training and competition. It’s suitable for riders of all levels, naturally allowing the horse to settle and relax, and listen attentively with less tension or uptight behaviour.
Fitness, Performance and Recovery
To optimize relaxed energy, endurance and recovery for competition, it’s best to use GO2 daily in conjunction with training work in the lead up to the event. Use 50-75mls before strenuous sessions to quickly build excellent depth of fitness. Oxygen is vital to maintaining stamina. When oxygen levels are inadequate, this leads to muscle fatigue and the production of lactic acid, which may adversely affect performance.
Additional oxygen allows the horse to cope more easily with exertion, so you’re likely to notice that the recovery process afterwards is less laboured. Giving a further shot of GO2 immediately after exertion further supports fast recovery. If your horse is performing in a tournament where it has to back up a few times during a day or over a few days, it’s fine to give additional serves of GO2 every 3 hours or so, or ahead of each round or match.
So you can see that the really exciting aspect for event riders is that GO2 uniquely supports every important aspect of all of the eventing disciplines. Calmness, concentration, relaxed energy, endurance and recovery.
Conditioning, Wellbeing and Benefits for Older Horses
A consistent supply of clean, oxygen rich blood flowing throughout the body is vital to every horse’s condition and wellbeing.
Oxygen extracts the nutrients from food and supplements, and delivers them to all the cells. It regulates all the metabolic processes, such as energy production, digestion and the immune system. It supports the proper functioning of all the organs, including the cleansing powerhouses, the liver and kidneys.
Unfortunately the horse’s oxygen flow may easily be compromised due to issues such as blood contamination, poor diet, and/or the natural ageing process.
When there’s not enough oxygen to go around, the areas that tend to miss out most are those that are hardest for the oxygen to reach, such as the hooves, the joints, the skin and deep cell tissue.
The animal can quickly lose condition and energy levels and its zest for life and this can take a long time to restore, especially in an older horse.
Giving your horse GO2 daily replenishes oxygen to cleanse the bloodstream and help re-balance the horse’s internal environment. This is very important, because all the beneficial organisms in the body are aerobic, and they flourish in a well oxygenated environment. Conversely, harmful organisms such as most bacteria, viruses and parasites are anaerobic, which means they can’t thrive in high levels of oxygen.
So the more efficiently the horse’s metabolism is functioning, the more effectively it utilizes all the nutrients in the system. This provides the basis for more dynamic natural energy and vitality, a healthy appetite, a more settled and relaxed temperament, and a noticeably enhanced quality of life.
If you have a much-loved horse that is showing the signs of ageing, and a slowing metabolism, here’s what I suggest you do. Get a litre of GO2 and feed the horse 50mls a day. If possible, try and do it when the stomach is quite empty, but if not, do it anyway. Well before you finish the bottle, two things are likely to happen. Your horse will be looking for its daily squirt of GO2, because it’s feeling the benefits, and you will be seeing the difference as its metabolism is re-invigorated. If the horse is particularly rundown, it’s fine to give GO2 twice daily if you like. After the first litre or two, the goal should be to feed them a daily maintenance amount of 25mls. If you’re giving GO2 to a pony or a Clydesdale, simply adjust the amount to match the animal’s size.
At the end of the day, GO2 is all about helping your companion enjoy an excellent quality of life, especially as he or she ages, and also helping you get more pleasure out of their company for as long as possible.