Farriers Formula The Original Hoof Supplement
The importance of nutrition to the growth and quality of a healthy hoof was unheard of in 1979 when Farrier's Formula® (formerly named Hoof and Hair) was developed and introduced by J. Frank Gravlee, DVM, MS, CNS. The concept of "feeding the hoof" was born and a new segment of the equine industry was created.
Farrier's Formula® was developed to provide the nutrients needed to enable horses to build strong structural and connective tissue proteins (tendon, ligaments, bones, joints). Developed almost thirty years ago, it has always contained nutrients such as phospholipids, omega fatty acids, etc. that have only recently been recognized as important "players" to help produce healthy dermal tissues.
It has been the #1 recommended product by farriers in the U.S. for twelve consecutive years and is the "gold standard" by which imitation products are compared. Rival manufacturers' unsupported claims for products directly imitating Farrier's Formula® should be treated with suspicion. Farrier's Formula® is the first product of its kind based on conclusive scientific research and published in referred journals.
How it Works
Farrier's Formula® provides the 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 fibers which may crosslink with adjacent fibers. The joined fibers' strength is dependent on the number of crosslinks. These crosslinks are chemically expensive for the body to produce. If the right chemicals in the form of nutrients from the diet are not present, fewer crosslinks can be made; the tissue being constructed or repaired will be weaker.
The hoof is connective tissue that depends on its many crosslinks for strength and resiliency. Thus, a strong healthy hoof can only be built through proper nutrition.
Positive Results of Feeding Farrier's Formula®
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 horn in the periople can be seen with the naked eye. Internal benefits, while more difficult to see, are just as dramatic.
The length of time Farrier's Formula® should be given at the replenishment level is determined by the initial problem to be solved. If the goal is to improve health and appearance of the skin and hair, replenishment level should be continued for approximately one to two months. If the goal is to grow a long and flowing healthy mane and tail, the replenishment level should be fed until the mane and tail reach the desired length. The time required to completely remodel the wall, sole, and frog of the foot is approximately 9-12 months. Therefore, it is best to continue at the replenishment level until the foot is completely remodeled even though one will begin to see some difference in the hoof within two months.
In the above cases, once desired results are obtained, usually the feeding amount can be reduced by one half in order to maintain the desired condition. Each horse will be somewhat different. For example, some thoroughbreds and warm bloods may require the replenishment level continuously. Arabians and Arabian crosses may sometimes be maintained on 1/2 cup per day. It is important to keep all horses on a maintenance level to maintain good hoof health. Usually the same thing (genetic, environmental, and management factors) that caused the problem in the beginning will be present throughout the horse's life.
If one does not see the beginning of the expected results after feeding Farrier's Formula® for a period of eight to ten weeks, the indication is that other factors can be involved in addition to nutrition. The additional problems could include genetics, environmental, and management.
Satisfied customers worldwide report up to a 25% improvement in feed efficiency after feeding Farrier's Formula®. This is likely due to better digestion and utilization of the feedstuff resulting from the nutrients in Farrier's Formula®.
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) of feed 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).
Farrier's Formula® addresses the above problems because it helps feed efficiency by improving digestion (due to the digestive enzymes in the yeast culture) and by improving quality of the existing feed given to horses. It also improves the aging and weakened connective tissues by furnishing the nutrients necessary for building strong and healthy collagen. For many aging horses that are less active due to decreased amounts of thyroxin, Farrier's Formula® has iodine and the essential amino acid tyrosine, which are the necessary building blocks for the thyroid gland to manufacture thyroxin.
Supplementation and Genetics
Genetics determine the physical and chemical characteristics of the horse and affects the hoof in two ways: physically and nutritionally. Proper nutrition and management will enable the genetics to express themselves to the fullest extent and allow the horse to build the best hoof the genes will allow. The horse inherits the maximum size, strength and thickness of the hoof wall and soles. He also inherits the manner in which nutrients consumed are absorbed and utilized. This explains why different horses under the same feeding and management program have varying hoof health. It also explains why the horse who demonstrates structural and nutrient deficiencies will likely require supplementation to replenish these nutrients for his entire lifetime.
Horses can safely be fed Farrier's Formula® for as long as needed.
Life Data Labs recommends Life Data Hoof DisinfectantTM and The Right Step® in combination with Farrier's Formula® to provide complete hoof care and help reduce hoof infections such as Thrush and White Line problems.
Ingredients Contained In Farrier's Formula®
|Alfalfa meal is highly palatable to horses. It contains a high Carotene content. The horse converts Carotene to Vitamin A as needed.|
|Yeast Culture is a rich source of B-Vitamins necessary for good metabolism and healthy dermis (skin, hoof and hair).|
|Lecithin contains Phospholipids and Omega Fatty Acids which add strength and pliability to connective tissues, and are also critical for proper moisture balance. Skin, hoof and hair are connective tissues.|
|Soy protein concentrate is rich in Amino Acids which are required building blocks of tissue. Soy protien concentrate also funishes the amino acid Tyrosine which is a component of thyroid hormone and the neurotransmitter dopamine. Tyrosine is an essential Amino Acid and therefore must be available in the diet. Research performed at Life Data Labs in the 1970s - 1980s established the relationship of this nutrient with hoof problems and obesity related syndromes. Tyrosine supplementation is the natural means of regulating these syndromes, and has always contributed to the effectiveness of Farrier's Formula®.|
|DL-Methionine is a sulfur-containing Amino Acid deficient in all commonly fed grains (corn, oats, barley, etc.). It is important for the proper utilization of lipids and building the sulfur crosslinks that add strength to connective tissue proteins.|
|Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid) supplementation is traditionally believed to be unnecessary in horses. However, research conducted by Life Data Labs established that stabled or stressed horses often have minimal blood levels of Ascorbic Acid and therefore benefit from supplementation. Vitamin C is required for healthy and strong connective tissue|
|Copper is an important component of a multitude of metabolic functions. A Copper deficiency leads to a number of abnormal conditions including defects in the pigmentation and strength of hair and hoof.|
| Zinc is required for the healthy maturing of keratin - a major component of the outer layers of dermal tissue. Proper keratin formation is important for wound healing, skin health, and hoof structue.
|Biotin is a highly active member of the B-Complex Vitamins. Biotin serves essential roles in Fatty Acid metabolism.|
|Calcium Iodate provides an easily utilized form of iodine. Iodine is a component of thyroid hormones which regulate basal metabolism. A deficiency of thyroid hormones is known as hypothyroidism and leads to a multitude of disease conditions including poor hair coat and hoof quality.|
|Cobalt is essential for the production of Vitamin B-12 by microorganisms in the gastrointestinal tract of the horse, and is important in the formation of red blood cells and healthy skin|
GUARANTEED ANALYSIS for Farriers Formula
|Nutrient||Per 170 gm (1 cup)*|
|Crude Protein (Min)||19.00 %||32,300 mg|
|Crude Fat (Min)
|| 7.1 %
|Crude Fiber (Max)||18.2 %||31,000 mg|
||12.5 %||21,250 mg|
|Lysine (Min)||0.91 %||1,550 mg|
|DL-Methionine (Min)||3.10 %||5,300 mg|
|Cystine (Min)||0.24 %||400 mg|
|Glycine (Min)||0.81 %||1,380 mg|
|Proline (Min)||1.09 %||1,850 mg|
|Tyrosine (Min)||0.50 %||850 mg|
|Phenylalanine (Min)||1.03 %||1,750 mg|
| Phosphatidylcholine (Min)
|| 1.46 %
| Omega 3 Fatty Acids (Min)
||0.59 %||1,000 mg|
|Omega 6 Fatty Acids (Min)|| 2.64 %
|Trans Fatty Acids||0.0 %
||1.0 %||1,700 mg|
| Calcium (Max)
||1.4 %||2,380 mg|
||0.56 %||950 mg|
|Sodium (Max)||0.15 %||255 mg|
|Copper (Min)||541 ppm||92 mg|
|Cobalt (Min)||11.2 ppm||1.9 mg|
|Iodine (Min)||7.1 ppm||1.2 mg|
|Ascorbic Acid (Vit C) (Min)||0.6 %||1,020 mg|
|| 118 ppm
|Choline (Min)||5,000 ppm||850 mg|
|Inositol (Min)||4,471 ppm
*One measuring cup (237 ml) will deliver 170 gm of product.
Pelleting and nitrogen packaging reduces oxidative damage to nutrients, allowing Life Data Labs the unique ability to provide extended guarantees of the following nutrients that are susceptible to degradation:
|per 170 gram serving|
|Phosphatidylcholine (phospholipid)||2,480 mg|
|Omega 3 Fatty Acids per 170 gram serving
|Omega 6 Fatty Acids per 170 gram serving
|Trans Fatty Acids per 170 gram serving
|Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C) per 170 gram serving||1,020 mg|
|Biotin per 170 gram serving
Farrier's Formula® should be fed with a good quality hay and grain ration. Eliminate any bran from the diet if possible. The phytate and phosphorus content of bran can alter calcium/phosphorus absorption or lead to other mineral imbalances.
DAILY FEEDING LEVEL
One standard measuring cup (237 ml) will deliver 170 grams of product. Two cups (474 ml) will deliver 340 grams of product. Top dress or mix with grain ration.
Top dress or mix with regular feed. For each 1000 lbs (450 kg) of body weight use one measuring cup (170 gm) of product per day.
Body Weight Daily Quantity
500 lbs (225 kg) 1/2 Cup (85 gm) per day
1000 lbs (450 kg) 1 Cup (170 gm) per day
1500 lbs (675 kg) 1 1/2 Cups (255 gm) per day
2000 lbs (900 kg) 2 Cups (340 gm) per day
After feeding for 6 to 8 months, the feeding level can usually be reduced by up to one half. If problems persist, resume feeding at the above "Adult Replenishment" feeding levels.
Weanling to Adults
Feed at the predicted adult weight from the chart above.
Feed 1/4 measuring cup (43 gm) per day.