Farrier's Formula® and the Older Horse

Feeding Farrier's Formula® to an older horse even though he does not have hoof problems has many benefits.
One of the problems in feeding the aging horse is that mastication (chewing) offeed becomes less efficient and after the feed reaches the digestive tract nutrient absorption is diminished. Also, the connective tissue including skin, hoof, bone, tendons, and muscle is not as strong and healthy as in younger horses. Another geriatric problem is that many times the metabolism, therefore activity, is usually slowed because of decreased levels of thyroid hormone (thyroxin).

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Farrier's Formula Hoof Supplement

Positive Results of Feeding Farrier's Formula®

Initial Results

Within as little as two weeks of feeding Farrier's Formula® one should see a glossy, more deeply colored coat. By nine to ten weeks a new band of strong, healthy growth will be clearly visible at the coronary band, and the difference in the structure of the hom in the periople can be seen with the naked eye. Internal benefits, while more difficult to see, are just as dramatic.

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The Amino Acids Methionine and Cystine

There are twenty amino acids known that make up the building blocks for mammalian body protein. Approximately one-half of the amino acids are essential (this means the body is unable to make those nutrients; therefore the nutrients must be ingested). Methionine is an essential amino acid that can be converted to cystine by the body. Cystine is important because it furnishes the sulfur crosslinks that are necessary for healthy collagen thus strong hoof infrastructure (hoof, skin, hair, ligaments, tendons and cartilage). A certain quantity of essential amino acids can be manufactured by the micro organisms in the hind gut of the equine.

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horse near fence

Understanding the Horse's Digestion System

Whether it is an animal, plant or other living organism, all living things must have a genetic code and chemical process to maintain life. All living organisms have nutrient requirements that are basically the same at the metabolic level. The difference is how these requirements are absorbed to provide nutrients and energy to live. For example, plants can manufacture the nutrients and energy they need by staying in one place. They can do this by using the energy from sunlight, along with water, oxygen and nutrients from the soil. In essence, they are self-sufficient.  Unlike animal life, plants do not depend on other living things to survive except for the soil microbiome at their roots.

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Horse grazing

Recognizing Nutrition Related Hoof Problems

Dr. Frank Gravlee, founder of Life Data®, has worked with horses suffering from mild to serious hoof problems for over 50 years. During this time, his research has determined that horses with hoof problems often have nutrient deficiencies or excesses that negatively affect the dermal tissue structure. The hoof is dermal tissue and the hoof shows weakness more quickly than other dermal tissue structures due to its function and location. The horse owner should be able to recognize a few of the nutritional concerns that can occur in the hoof:

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Supplementation for laminitis

Feed Supplementation for Laminitis and Founder

Proper feed supplementation can help repair damage done during a laminitis/founder cycle. Many horses are being fed rations deficient in the nutrients necessary to maintain and rebuild their health after having suffered from laminitis and founder. Some hays are deficient in essential nutrients, especially those put up after being rained on, grown on nutrient deficient soils or harvested at a late stage of maturity.

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Dr. Frank Gravlee

Veterinarian and Farrier Relationship in Treating Laminitis and Founder

“Laminitis and founder is a complicated systemic disease that severely affects a horse’s feet. For the best chance of success in the management and treatment of the disease, veterinarians and farriers must work together. The horse owner assumes the economic responsibility to attempt to restore a horse to health and, therefore, has the choice to engage cooperative caregivers.

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Horses in the winter

Winter Horse Care

Winter is Coming! Is Your Horse Prepared?

Days are becoming shorter, nights are becoming colder, leaves are blanketing the ground, and Christmas decorations are showing up in your local super market. The signs that winter is coming are here, and as we begin removing our sweaters from storage, we should also be preparing our horses for the upcoming wintry weather. Especially for elderly horses or horses that struggle maintaining their weight. Proper nutrition is the key to a healthy weight.

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Farrier with Hoof

Factors That Affect Hoof Quality

Hoof wall defects can develop as a result of one or more contributing factors. To name a few, hoof wall quality can be influenced by genetics, environment, microbes, trimming, and nutrition.

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Hoof Nutrition

Nutrients that Influence Hoof Health

The nutritional demands of domesticated modern horses are much different than the nutritional demands of wild horses. A myriad of feed stuffs and supplements have been developed and marketed in reaction to these changing needs. While proper supplementation can provide numerous benefits, insufficient or excessive supplementation of any nutrient can be detrimental for hoof health.

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