There are multiple minor ailments that could benefit from hoof supplements for horses.
These can include grass cracks, sand cracks, overreach injuries, mud fever and thrush which are just are a few of the commonest offenders.
It is critical that any issues relating to hoof care are discussed with your farrier.
However, some of these can be managed through a combination of thorough horsemanship:
- Some basic first aid knowledge
- Dietary supplementation
- Regular, consistent attention from a qualified farrier or foot trimmer
Whilst some of these may appear minor, just remember the old saying “no foot – horse”, which whilst it is quite basic an assesmment , is a fundmental truth.
Hoof Supplements For Horses
A horse who has a balanced diet should, in theory, get all of the nutrients required for healthy hoof growth.
However, if you think that basic forage is slightly unbalanced, a supplement rich in Biotin could be the answer.
Biotin is a vitamin that supports producing fatty acids and cell growth and in the case of horses, health hoof growth. This is the key ingredient to look for in hoof supplements for horses.
you can also feed supplements which promote overall well-being, such as garlic, which could directly and indirectly support hoof health.
Given the relative slow rate of hoof growth, this is a longer term commitment rather than a “quick fix”. Horn growth takes between 9-12 months from the coronary band.
Daily picking out of feet, an opportunity to remove stones and debris, check the shoe if present and spot any minor issues before they become too entrenched.
As the saying goes, ” prevention is better than cure”.
Over reach injuries can be prevented using overreach boots. There are many on the market.
We prefer the Woofwear which have proven very durable. The velcro fasteners are easy to put on and take off and remain a strong fastener after much use
A first-aid pack to deal with minor injuries in the heel area should contain an iodine spray which is perfect for outbreaks of thrush and a topical hoof conditioner to promote strong and flexible horn growth.
Also present should be a good, branded poultice which can help draw out infection in the event of an abscess.
The poulice will need to be held to the hoof using either vet wrap or a poultice boot.
If the horse is to have any turnout ie not be on box rest, then we have found that a poultice, held by “vet wrap” sticky bandage – all inside a poultice boot to be the best (only!) solution