Reply To: Supplement suggestions?

Leslie Leslie
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What is his diet now? If he isn’t getting quality feed now, just switching that will help. You’ll also need a good farrier… without a good farrier you can give him all the best feed and hoof supplements and it won’t make a difference.

I use Farrier’s Formula double strength. The main ingredient in most hoof supplements is biotin. But if insufficient biotin isn’t the reason for your horse’s weak hooves then it won’t be of use to him… The farriers formula has a bunch of different ingredients but I like it because I know I’m covering all bases. That being said, I have no idea whether it really made a difference for my horse because the first year I used it they were trimmed improperly and very flared so there was no way his feet could be better – the second year they were trimmed well and we didn’t have the flare and cracking. He might not need the supplement but with a history like his I’d rather not see what happens if I take him off of it.

Keep in mind it takes a year to grow out a hoof – and that is when you should start assessing whether the supplement worked or not. A lot of people give up after a month or two when they don’t see a difference, but anything you do can only affect new growth, not existing growth. - handmade custom wood-burned brushes, stall signs, & portraits, etched glasses, and custom stuffed ponies