Based on extensive equine nutrition research and successfully marketed with
proven results since 1979
Vanessa Liley, successful show rider, pictured on her Champion Park Hack Popeye
My horse had really bad seedy toe, which I battled with
unsuccessfully for two years. Nothing worked. Then I heard about
Farrier's Formula and Hoof Disinfectant. I started using both and
the results have been remarkable. Not only has it killed the seedy
toe , but the quality of the new hoof is noticably better than it
was before. I would not hesitate to recommend Farrier's Formula to
Late November 2005
The equine hoof is a miracle of design and construction, but for the natural
design of the hoof to be fully executed, the correct nutrients must be
present in the horse's diet. Farrier's Formula provides the balanced
nutrient support that horses need to build strong connective tissue
proteins. Connective tissue proteins are the microscopic framework of the
mammalian body, giving form and strength to all major organs and tissues.
Of all the protein in the body over 40% is connective tissue protein,
making it by far the most abundant.
Connective tissue proteins combine to form fibres which may cross-link with
adjacent fibres. The joined fibres' strength is dependent on the number of
Those cross-links are chemically "expensive" for the body to produce. If the
right chemicals in the form of nutrients from the diet are not present, fewer
cross links can be made; the tissue being constructed or repaired will be
weaker. The hoof is a highly cross-linked connective tissue that depends
on its many cross links for strength and resiliency. Thus a strong healthy
hoof can only be built through proper nutrition.
Within weeks of feeding Farrier's Formula, you will notice a glossy more deeply
coloured coat, and an emerging new band of hoof growth. Internal benefits are
harder to see, but just as dramatic.
A: perioplic corium
B: coronary corium
C: laminar corium
D: perioplic sulcus
E: coronary sulcus
F: stratum medium of the hoof wall
G: epidermal (hoof wall) laminae
H: corium of the frog
J: frog stay
K: internal surface of the sole
L: solar corium
1: central sulcus of the frog
2: collateral sulcus
3: crus of the sole
4: apex of the frog
5: body of the sole
6: epidermal laminae
7: bulb of the heel
8: angle of the wall
9: angle of the sole
11: white line
12: stratum medium of the hoof wall
In addition to national reports of improving the horse's skin and coat condition,
Farrier's Formula provides the chemical "currency" to produce cross links that
allow the horse to produce strong hooves. For help in growth, old age, or maintenance
of healthy hooves use this nutritional insurance.
Biotin alone is not enough to correct poor horn quality in most cases, as
it's only one of many nutrients needed by the adult horse. In fact, the adult
horse is said to have no dietary requirement for biotin unless under stress
conditions such as intense work, travelling, being stabled for long periods
or being fed a low-quality diet. And even under these conditions, biotin deficiency
is relatively rare, and is usually accompanied by many dietary deficiencies.
Horses which respond to biotin supplementation alone (approximately 5% of
those with poor-quality horn) show large holes in the outermost layer of the
wall when viewed under a microscope. The inner layers of the wall were usually
not affected. If you'd like to confirm that your horse is not biotin-deficient,
there's a relatively inexpensive blood test your veterinarian can perform for
Methionine, proline, glycine and glutamine are some of the major building
blocks of healthy connective tissue, or collagen. Copper and vitamin C are also
necessary, serving as catalysts in the formation of strong and healthy horn.
All these nutrients should be supplied via diet or supplementation for healthy
Essential fatty acids are necessary for a healthy, shiny coat, as well as
the proper moisture maintenance and pliability of the hoof structure. Your
horse can obtain these fatty acids from grain, unprocessed grain oils, cooked
whole soybeans, or the lecithin found in processed grains and supplements.
Healthy hooves require zinc for the prevention of defective keratin, the tough
material found in the outer layers of hoof and skin. If keratin is not properly
formed, the hoof will be soft and brittle. You can provide the proper quantities
of zinc through diet or supplementation.
Some believe that selenium will help hooves become healthier. In reality, no
known definitive studies support this. In fact, when fed in high amounts,
selenium causes excessive and very poor-quality hoof growth, and can be very
toxic. Because selenium deficiency can cause muscle problems, supplementation
should be handled carefully and under the direction of your veterinarian who
can monitor levels through blood testing.
Older horses often have problems chewing... combine that with their less-efficient
metabolization of nutrients, and you have a horse that needs special care.
You might try feeding ground hay and/or steam-rolled oats for your near-toothless
senior, and continue to provide regular exercise suitable for his health and
condition. Plus, routine veterinary and farrier care becomes even more critical...
aged horses often have thyroid problems that can cause poor hoof health and
a dull hair coat.
Foundered horses require special care usually good-quality grass hay, little
or no grain (maintain a healthy weight), free-choice water and loose salt,
along with a well-balanced supplement for proper nutrition. However, each
foundered horse is an individual, and your veterinarian and farrier should
"Easy keepers" (horses that maintain weight on little more than grass and
hay) can actually be less than easy, as feeding too much lush pasture or
grain can cause founder, while not feeding enough nutrients can cause poor
dermal tissue health or thyroid problems. The solution is much like for a
foundered horse... good-quality grass hay, little or no grain, free-choice
water and loose salt, and a well-balanced supplement that includes
L-tyrosine and iodine.
If your horse isn't chewing his feed properly, he's not getting enough
nutrients'. There are many causes of poor mastication, but the most common
is uneven wearing of the molars into sharp points. Examine your horse's
manure for whole grain or hay stems exceeding 1/4 inch in length, and look
for excessive dribbling of feed, or an unusual sensitivity to the bit.
These are signs that your horse's teeth aren't doing their job, and
require the attention of your veterinarian or equine dentist.
On the subject of supplements, it's good to keep in mind how quickly both
good and bad nutritional changes should be seen in the hooves. If your
horse does have a noticeable hoof problem, and you begin a nutritional
program to solve it, you should see a positive difference emerging from
the coronary band within eight to ten weeks. If not, you should re-examine
your nutrition and management program immediately with the help of an