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What is the best hoof supplement for my horse?

What is the best hoof supplement for my horse?

While external factors including the weather, management and workload play an important role in hoof health, the quality of your horse’s hooves often comes down to diet. 

Horses with nutritional deficiencies are far more likely to suffer with hoof problems such as increased occurrence of hoof cracks and splits, poor quality horn, or slow growth.

The weather is always changing and when paddocks fluctuate between wet and dry it can cause the hoof to expand and contract rapidly- this can cause hooves to crack. Grazing quality also fluctuates throughout the year.  These changing external influences are why providing nutritional support, through a specially formulated hoof supplement, is the best way to support and maintain good hoof health.

 

Selecting the right Hoof Supplement

When selecting a hoof support supplement, the main ingredient to look out for is biotin. Biotin is a B vitamin and an essential building block needed for health hoof growth. It is recommended that a horse should receive 3mg/100kg bodyweight/day. This means a 500kg horse should receive 15mg per day.

It is important to remember that a supplement will only improve the quality of new horn growth – it will not affect the quality of the existing hoof. For this reason, you will need to commit to using the supplement for a number of months to allow for more growth. Only then you will notice a true difference.

While nutritional support is the best way to support hoof health long term, topical supplements such as hoof oils can go some way to improve both the appearance and the health of your horse’s hooves short term, particularly if they are suffering with dry feet.

The last thing to consider if you compete your horse is weather the supplement you choose contains any prohibited substances. It is not common for hoof supplements contain prohibited substances but is worth investigating just in case.

 

Hoof supplements for horses: what are your options?

Here is a selection of the best hoof supplements for horses. We have included descriptions and a breakdown of ingredients to help you become the best informed to select the product that is right for you….

TRM Hoofmaker Original

Form: Powder | Sizes: 5kg, 6x 20g sachets | RRP: From £83.17 | Daily measure: 20g

For those requiring a powder supplement, Hoofmaker Original is the ideal and our recommended supplement for hooves. HOOFMAKER provides all the nutrients necessary to protect and nourish every layer within the hoof horn. This ësulphur enrichedí formula will ensure that important nutrients are supplied to the horse, to ensure optimum hoof growth and improved integrity of the hoof. HOOFMAKER should be added to the normal feed ration and contains high levels of Biotin (37.5mg/day), Methionine, MSM, Zinc, Copper, Calcium and Amino Acids.

 

TRM Hoofmaker Concentrated Pellets

Form: Pellets | Sizes: 3kg, 10kg| RRP: From £83.17 | Daily measure: 50g

Hoofmaker Concentrated Pellets contains all the supplemental nutrients required to develop and maintain a healthy and supple hoof in a convenient daily 50g serving.

Farrier’s Formula

Form: Pellets | Sizes: 7kg | RRP: From £35.95| Daily measure: 190g

Farrier's Formula provides nutrients such as phospholipids, omega fatty acids, and important amino acid building blocks that enable horses to build strong structural and connective tissue proteins important for healthy hoof structure and growth. 

Formula4feet

Form: Pellets | Sizes: 5kg bucket, refill | RRP: From £46.50 | Daily measure: 170g-340g

Formula 4 Feet is an advanced hoof and laminitis supplement, providing over 65 micronutrients. It is highly palatable and proven effective. Feed 37.5g/100kg bodyweight per day.

 

 

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Ingredient Hoofmaker powder Hoofmaker pellets Farriers Formula Formula4Feet
  20g dose 50g dose 188g dose 187.5g dose
Calcium  7.5g 8.2g yes 3806mg
MSM 2.5g      
Yeast 2.5g   yes yes
DL-Methionine 2,500mg 6,000mg 6016mg 669mg
Biotin 37.5mg 37.5mg 22mg 22.5mg
Zinc 750mg 600mg 300mg 281mg
Chelated Copper 120mg 120mg 112mg 100mg
Vitamin A       3750iu
Omega 3     940mg 1102mg
Phosphatidylcholine     376mg  
Vitamin C     83mg 1318mg
Phosphorous   11.80%   2602mg
Aspartic acid   0.88%    
Sodium       262mg
Iodine     131mg 1mg
Choline       611mg
Inositol       187mg
Chloride       825mg
Chromium       1mg
Cobalt       .19mg
Iron       46mg
Magnesium       5645mg
Manganese       7.5mg
Potassium       2343mg
Selenium       .003mg
Sulphur       2550mg
Vanadium       .43mg
Folic Acid       2.25mg
Pantothenate       6.75mg
Vitamin B6       .375mg
Vitamin B2       18.75mg
Vitamin B1       .2mg
Niacin       23.25mg
Vitamin B12       .11mg
Vitamin D3       8812iu
Vitamin E       937.5iu
Other ammino acids;        
Alanine 0.37% 0.33%   1762mg
Arginine 0.30% 0.53%   2100mg
Aspartate       3881mg
Cysteine 0.11% 0.13%   568mg
Glutamic acid 0.76% 1.34%   3375mg
Glycine 0.96% 0.60%   1606mg
Histidine 0.11% 0.21%   787mg
Isoleucine 0.24% 0.31%   1218mg
Leucine 0.38% 0.54%   2418mg
Lysine 0.38% 0.47% 169mg 2504mg
Phenylalanine 0.26% 0.32% 169mg 2248mg
Serine 0.28% 0.38%   2531mg
Threonine 0.27% 0.30%   1815mg
Valine 0.31% 0.35%   1443mg
Proline 0.26% 0.37%   1916mg
Tyrosine 0.19% 0.25% 131mg 1290mg
Tryptophan       581mg


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