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  • SaluteAtX Original Poster SaluteAtX
    Topics Started: 2Replies Posted: 1

    I’m buying a new horse and during the pre-purchase, the vet said his hooves looked a little weak (lots of chipping at the ends). I want to start on a hoof supplement, but I don’t know how to choose one. Does anyone know what ingredients I should be looking for?

    Leslie Leslie
    Topics Started: 1Replies Posted: 44

    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.

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    MareMother MareMother
    Topics Started: 2Replies Posted: 11

    You’re looking for biotin, copper and zinc. Amino acids are also helpful (lysine, methionine, threonine, etc.) But Leslie is right. If he isn’t being fed quality, he could be missing out on those things in his hay and feed!

    I love Smartpak for their comparison chart (among other things!) You can compare all their hoof supplements and find a great middle ground on the amount of ingredients you want and the price. (But I personally love Smarthoof!)

    Just to reiterate what Leslie said, you have to give it time to work! You should be able to see a difference in his frog sooner, but the new hoof wall won’t reach the ground for some time!

    NinaJD NinaJD
    Topics Started: 8Replies Posted: 139

    I recently bought a horse with similar feet issues. I was told biotin, copper and zinc.
    First thing I did was change his diet(he was being fed low quality hay and sometimes straw). He went to a high quality grass mix and triple crown senior grain(high copper and zinc), along with a biotin supplement and horseshine(omega 3). And I got my farrier out asap.
    I use Durvet’s Daily Biotin(red and white container) for all my horses. It’s $14 for a months supply(for 3 horses), so you’d probably get 2 months out of it for 1 horse. http://www.duboisdistributors.com/catalog.asp?prodid=669212&showprevnext=1 This was the highest biotin % I could find that wasn’t out of my price range, since at the time I was feeding it to 2 horses and now 3.

    He’s had 2 trims and his feet look 100% different. They don’t get all chipped up anymore and his soles look a lot better as well.
    Even just changing his diet is going to do him good.

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    lovemyhorse
    Topics Started: 0Replies Posted: 19

    I agree with both Leslie and MareMother. My gelding had/has weak feet and had a horizontal hole (for lack of a better term) in his hoof that when it grew out it caused the shoe to drop off. I fed SmartHoof and his hooves improved dramatically. My farrier (the previous owner) said that the horse’s hooves were the best he’s ever seen them. I got tired of the chipping, cracking, etc and it only seemed to happen on the front feet. All 4 feet have improved now and he’s been on the supplement for 3 years now. I took him off once and won’t do that again. He’s on the supplement for life. But yes, give it time to work!! The supplements affect new growth, the old will be trimmed away. And yes, it takes about a year to have a whole new hoof. Unfortunately, my horse still has the hole (keeps coming back) but it’s not near what it used to be before the supplement.

    MissIzzy
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    I am a huge fan of SmartHoof. My OTTB has pretty sub-par feet and though she’s only been on it for a little over two months, I can absolutely see a difference in the new hoof growth around the coronary band!

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    andie_zelles
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    I agree that Ferrier’s Formula is wonderful!

    We also used a topical liquid applying on the hoof wall to strengthen the ends, since we live in a sandy area it dryed and chipped the hooves alot. It helped tons. You can find at local livestock store.

    And totally agree with MareMother… that’s what the vet told us.

    DapperEquine DapperEquine
    Topics Started: 0Replies Posted: 7

    You might look into a couple simple management changes that could solve that problem.

    A change in farrier might do the trick. My trail horse has GREAT hooves, but I had a different farrier trim him a few times and all of a sudden his feet were chipping like crazy. Switched back to the old farrier and it cleared right up.

    Also, my farrier (who has done wondrous things for my OTTB’s ultra-problematic hooves) has told me that when the hoof is crumbly at the bottom, it’s often times due to bacteria in the white line. He usually suggests keeping the hoof as dry, meaning no turn out in muddy pastures and making sure the stall stays dry. I’ve seen this do wonders for horses with “terrible” feet.

    Otherwise, I would suggest SmartHoof or LinPro supplement-wise.

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