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Farrier's Formula® Trial

Farrier's Formula® Trial

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Defence Animal Center Melton Mowbray Sqt Alex Mercer

Introduction

This trial was carried out at the Veterinary Hospital at the Defence Animal Centre, Melton Mowbray.

The trial ran for 16 weeks (07/01/08- 28/04/08) and involved the strict feeding regime of mollased chop, sugar beet and dampened hay for the first eight weeks. The second eight weeks Farrier's Formula® was introduced to the diet. This feeding regime was given to two candidates/horses which I felt would benefit from the trial and the product.

The two candidates were complete opposites, one a pony the other a horse, one had good quality hoof wall the other didn't. The pony was carrying a good amount of weight; the horse I feel could have done with a bit more coverage in general. But one thing they did have in common was the amount of foot growth, this was very little.

The results were taken by measurement from a burn mark which was situated 24mm below the coronary band on the hoof wall and a digital caliper was used to get an accurate reading ( digital caliper could read 1/10th of a mm)

Farrier's School: Barleycorn

Farrier's School: Barleycorn

Farrier's School: Barleycorn

Farrier's School: Barleycorn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Farrier's School: Barleycorn

 

 

 

 

 

Farrier's School: Platinum

 

 

Farrier's School: Platinum

Farrier's School: Platinum

Farrier's School: Platinum

Farrier's School: Platinum

Farrier's School: Platinum

 

Candidate No. 1

Name: Barleycorn

Breed: Welsh section C x Conemarra

Sex: Mare

Age: 18 yrs

Size: 13 hands 1"

Weight: 438kgs (at the start of trial)

Type of Work: Military pack pony

Miscellaneous Information

Been in the military system for 7 yrs.

Used frequently on pack pony courses (work involved = small % of road work, field work and school work carrying weight of up to 150kgs ).

Has had some history of laminitis which was previous to her joining the Army.

Currently been bare foot for 3 yrs due to restriction & lack of road work.

This mare is currently up to date with all injections, inoculations and worming as of the start of the trial.

 


Foot and Horn Conditions

Fore Feet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Right Hind

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Left Hind

As you can see from the pictures the feet are of a good strong horn and are in a reasonable condition, some of the growth rings are quite prominent but are nothing to worry about.

She has a small a amount of foot underneath and a good hard sole, but the rate of growth is restricted hence the reason why she is involved in this trial

Pre Supplement Trial

07/01/08 - Distance from coronary band = 24mm Weight = 438kg

14/01/08 - Distance from coronary band = 24.8mm Weight = 437kg

21/01/08 - Distance from coronary band = 25.7mnn Weight = 440kg

28/01/08 - Distance from coronary band = 26.4mm Weight = 439kg

04/02/08 - Distance from coronary band = 27mm Weight = 439kg

11/02/08 - Distance from coronary band = 27. 7mm Weight = 441kg

18/02/08 - Distance from coronary band = 28.5mm Weight = 439kg

25/02/08 - Distance from coronary band = 29.3mm Weight = 439kg

03/03/08 - Distance from coronary band = 30mm Weight = 442kg

Total Amount of Growth = 6mm Average Weekly Growth = 0.75mm Total Weight Gained = 3kg Average Weekly Weight Gain = 0.375kg

Trial With Farrier's Formula®

Amount given per feed = 1 cup

10/03/08 - Distance from coronary band = 24mm Weight = 439kg

17/03/08 - Distance from coronary band = 24.9mm Weight = 441kg

24/03/08 - Distance from coronary band = 25.9mnn Weight = 442kg

31/03/08 - Distance from coronary band = 27mm Weight = 443kg

07/04/08 - Distance from coronary band = 28.4mm Weight = 446kg

14/04/08 - Distance from coronary band = 29.9mm Weight = 446kg

21/04/08 - Distance from coronary band = 31.5mm Weight = 447kg

28/04/08 - Distance from coronary band = 33.2mm Weight = 448kg

Total Amount of Growth = 9.2mm

Average Weekly Growth = 1.15mm

Total Weight Gained = 9kg

Average Weekly Weight Gain = 1.125kg


Conclusion for Candidate No. 1

The improvment within the horn quality was not clearly visible but however the growth rate and general condition of this mare did improve and I am sure that the longer the trial, the more impressive the results would have been.




Candidate No 2

Name: Platinum

Breed: Irish Draught x Thoroughbred

Sex: Gelding

Age: 19 yrs

Size: 16 hands 3"

Weight: 527 kgs (at the start of the trial)

Type of Work: Riding school work and small % of road work

Miscellenous Information

Been in the army system for 15yrs and was sold to a civilian owner 8 months before this trial started, but is kept and stabled at the DAC

No previous history of laminitis, currently shod all-round

This gelding is currently up to date with all injections, inoculations and worming as of the start of the trial.


Foot and Horn Quality

Left Fore

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Right Fore

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Left Hind

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Right Hind

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This horse has poor feet, at the start of this trial they were in a poor condition with a lot of cracks, splits and chips within the hoof wall structure. I was given permission by the owner to involve this horse as she was "fed up with his feet" and would be grateful for any help. It is felt that the horse's feet are more suited to hand made shoes as his feet are not a good shape, therefore a machine made shoe may not offer him the support like a handmade shoe.

This horse does not grow a lot of wall hence the reason he is involved in the trial, but his sole quality is good and at the end of each shoe1ng cycle, there is plenty of it this will offer him good protection and may take a small % of his body weight of the hoof wall.

Pre Supplement Trial

07/01/08 - Distance from coronary band = 24mm Weight = 527kg

14/01/08 - Distance from coronary band = 24.9mm Weight = 528kg

21/01/08 - Distance from coronary band = 25.8mm Weight = 527kg

28/01/08 - Distance from coronary band = 26.8mm Weight = 529kg

04/02/08 - Distance from coronary band = 27. 7mm Weight = 529kg

11/02/08 - Distance from coronary band = 28.9mm Weight = 529kg

18/02/08 - Distance from coronary band = 29.7mm Weight = 528kg

25/02108 - Distance from coronary band = 30.5mm Weight = 529kg

03/03/08 - Distance from coronary band = 31.2mm Weight = 529kg

Total Amount of Growth = 7.2mm Average Weekly Growth = 0.9mm Total Weight Gained = 2kg Average Weekly Weight Gain = 0.25kg

Trial With Farrier's Formula®

Amount given per feed = 1 1/4 cups

10/03/08 - Distance from coronary band = 24mm Weight = 528kg

17/03/08 - Distance from coronary band = 24.9mm Weight = 530kg

24/03/08 - Distance from coronary band = 26.1mm Weight = 532kg

31/03/08 - Distance from coronary band = 27.5mm Weight = 533kg

07/04/08 - Distance from coronary band = 29.3mm Weight = 532kg

14/04/08 - Distance from coronary band = 31.1mm Weight = 533kg

21/04/08 - Distance from coronary band = 32.9mm Weight = 534kg

28/04/08 - Distance from coronary band = 35mm Weight = 535kg

Total Amount of Growth = 11mm

Average Weekly Growth = 1.375mm

Total Weight Gained = 7kg

Average Weekly Weight Gain = 0.875kg


Conclusion for Candidate No. 2

The feet on this horse improved dramatically and the general hoof quality was superior compared with the start of the trial. This was very obvious when shoeing him because there was more foot to take off and there were fewer cracks and splits than before.

Farrier's School: Barleycorn

Farrier's School: Barleycorn

Farrier's School: Barleycorn

Farrier's School: Barleycorn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Farrier's School: Barleycorn

 

 

 

 

 

Farrier's School: Platinum

 

 

Farrier's School: Platinum

Farrier's School: Platinum

Farrier's School: Platinum

Farrier's School: Platinum

Farrier's School: Platinum

 

Candidate No. 1

Name: Barleycorn

Breed: Welsh section C x Conemarra

Sex: Mare

Age: 18 yrs

Size: 13 hands 1"

Weight: 438kgs (at the start of trial)

Type of Work: Military pack pony

Miscellaneous Information

Been in the military system for 7 yrs.

Used frequently on pack pony courses (work involved = small % of road work, field work and school work carrying weight of up to 150kgs ).

Has had some history of laminitis which was previous to her joining the Army.

Currently been bare foot for 3 yrs due to restriction & lack of road work.

This mare is currently up to date with all injections, inoculations and worming as of the start of the trial.

 


Foot and Horn Conditions

Fore Feet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Right Hind

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Left Hind

As you can see from the pictures the feet are of a good strong horn and are in a reasonable condition, some of the growth rings are quite prominent but are nothing to worry about.

She has a small a amount of foot underneath and a good hard sole, but the rate of growth is restricted hence the reason why she is involved in this trial

Pre Supplement Trial

07/01/08 - Distance from coronary band = 24mm Weight = 438kg

14/01/08 - Distance from coronary band = 24.8mm Weight = 437kg

21/01/08 - Distance from coronary band = 25.7mnn Weight = 440kg

28/01/08 - Distance from coronary band = 26.4mm Weight = 439kg

04/02/08 - Distance from coronary band = 27mm Weight = 439kg

11/02/08 - Distance from coronary band = 27. 7mm Weight = 441kg

18/02/08 - Distance from coronary band = 28.5mm Weight = 439kg

25/02/08 - Distance from coronary band = 29.3mm Weight = 439kg

03/03/08 - Distance from coronary band = 30mm Weight = 442kg

Total Amount of Growth = 6mm Average Weekly Growth = 0.75mm Total Weight Gained = 3kg Average Weekly Weight Gain = 0.375kg

Trial With Farrier's Formula®

Amount given per feed = 1 cup

10/03/08 - Distance from coronary band = 24mm Weight = 439kg

17/03/08 - Distance from coronary band = 24.9mm Weight = 441kg

24/03/08 - Distance from coronary band = 25.9mnn Weight = 442kg

31/03/08 - Distance from coronary band = 27mm Weight = 443kg

07/04/08 - Distance from coronary band = 28.4mm Weight = 446kg

14/04/08 - Distance from coronary band = 29.9mm Weight = 446kg

21/04/08 - Distance from coronary band = 31.5mm Weight = 447kg

28/04/08 - Distance from coronary band = 33.2mm Weight = 448kg

Total Amount of Growth = 9.2mm

Average Weekly Growth = 1.15mm

Total Weight Gained = 9kg

Average Weekly Weight Gain = 1.125kg


Conclusion for Candidate No. 1

The improvment within the horn quality was not clearly visible but however the growth rate and general condition of this mare did improve and I am sure that the longer the trial, the more impressive the results would have been.




Candidate No 2

Name: Platinum

Breed: Irish Draught x Thoroughbred

Sex: Gelding

Age: 19 yrs

Size: 16 hands 3"

Weight: 527 kgs (at the start of the trial)

Type of Work: Riding school work and small % of road work

Miscellenous Information

Been in the army system for 15yrs and was sold to a civilian owner 8 months before this trial started, but is kept and stabled at the DAC

No previous history of laminitis, currently shod all-round

This gelding is currently up to date with all injections, inoculations and worming as of the start of the trial.


Foot and Horn Quality

Left Fore

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Right Fore

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Left Hind

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Right Hind

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This horse has poor feet, at the start of this trial they were in a poor condition with a lot of cracks, splits and chips within the hoof wall structure. I was given permission by the owner to involve this horse as she was "fed up with his feet" and would be grateful for any help. It is felt that the horse's feet are more suited to hand made shoes as his feet are not a good shape, therefore a machine made shoe may not offer him the support like a handmade shoe.

This horse does not grow a lot of wall hence the reason he is involved in the trial, but his sole quality is good and at the end of each shoe1ng cycle, there is plenty of it this will offer him good protection and may take a small % of his body weight of the hoof wall.

Pre Supplement Trial

07/01/08 - Distance from coronary band = 24mm Weight = 527kg

14/01/08 - Distance from coronary band = 24.9mm Weight = 528kg

21/01/08 - Distance from coronary band = 25.8mm Weight = 527kg

28/01/08 - Distance from coronary band = 26.8mm Weight = 529kg

04/02/08 - Distance from coronary band = 27. 7mm Weight = 529kg

11/02/08 - Distance from coronary band = 28.9mm Weight = 529kg

18/02/08 - Distance from coronary band = 29.7mm Weight = 528kg

25/02108 - Distance from coronary band = 30.5mm Weight = 529kg

03/03/08 - Distance from coronary band = 31.2mm Weight = 529kg

Total Amount of Growth = 7.2mm Average Weekly Growth = 0.9mm Total Weight Gained = 2kg Average Weekly Weight Gain = 0.25kg

Trial With Farrier's Formula®

Amount given per feed = 1 1/4 cups

10/03/08 - Distance from coronary band = 24mm Weight = 528kg

17/03/08 - Distance from coronary band = 24.9mm Weight = 530kg

24/03/08 - Distance from coronary band = 26.1mm Weight = 532kg

31/03/08 - Distance from coronary band = 27.5mm Weight = 533kg

07/04/08 - Distance from coronary band = 29.3mm Weight = 532kg

14/04/08 - Distance from coronary band = 31.1mm Weight = 533kg

21/04/08 - Distance from coronary band = 32.9mm Weight = 534kg

28/04/08 - Distance from coronary band = 35mm Weight = 535kg

Total Amount of Growth = 11mm

Average Weekly Growth = 1.375mm

Total Weight Gained = 7kg

Average Weekly Weight Gain = 0.875kg


Conclusion for Candidate No. 2

The feet on this horse improved dramatically and the general hoof quality was superior compared with the start of the trial. This was very obvious when shoeing him because there was more foot to take off and there were fewer cracks and splits than before.

 

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