This month we’re interviewing a special young woman – Alessandra “Lissa” Mele about her and JoJo, her lovely 20 y.o. American Quarter Horse. Lissa has been on our team since she could walk. Ok, well since she interned for Absorbine in college. Since her first day, Lissa proved to be a creative and skilled marketer. Now she handles all of our public relations work, our trade communications, a TON of creative work, promotions, the list goes on. We have one of those tracking anklets on her so she can’t escape! Lissa is also a blast to work with. She shares our love and passion for animals, which is number one, she’s a supportive team member and is always making us laugh! And Ambitious? Oh yeah. She and our CEO have a running joke that she’s coming for his job. But it’s no joke, she’s on a mission.
A: What do you do with your horse? Show? Pleasure? Companion Horse? Well-loved Pasture Ornament?
L: We just have a lot of fun together. I ride him hunter-jumper, but we love to trail ride with friends and family best of all.
A: Any fun horse care tips you’d like to share? Can include product tricks or “out of the box” uses.
L: I believe anytime you can go natural with horse care products, you are doing your horse a favor! I love that Absorbine offers a range of natural, eco-friendly, and herbal based products. I consider UltraShield Green to be one of our best products – it’s an eco-safe fly repellent with natural ingredients, and it actually WORKS! I always feel best when I can use this product on JoJo and the herd, and know they are protected from flies the natural way.
A: What’s the funniest thing non-horse people ask you about horses?
L: Everyone is dying to know about the poop – “How much do they poop? How many times a day do you clean their stalls? Where does all the poop go?” I can’t really blame them though, it is a lot of poop.
A: What Absorbine products do you like, and why did you start using them?
L: I love Absorbine Flex+Max. JoJo is 20, but acts like a yearling when he’s playing with his friends out in the pasture. This super joint supplement helps his body keep up with his youthful mind, and keeps him feeling and moving great under saddle, too. We also love ShowSheen Detangler Gel, JoJo has a huge tail and this product makes it easy to keep it silky and tangle free.
A: What do you love most about your horse?
L: JoJo makes me laugh every day. He has the biggest sense of humor and personality of any horse I have ever known. Whether he is sticking out his tongue, nipping playfully at the other horses’ butts, or just being particularly cuddly, he always puts a smile on my face. I couldn’t ask for a better partner.