Feed Advice please to help improve feet

BarneyTheChestnutOne

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Hi all,
Farrier came this week for my boy and has said that he has soft/ thin soles in his front feet. Posted in new lounge and got some great advice that the diet he is on now is probably playing a role in his feet problems.
I appreciate that diet is an important factor with feet so would like to get this right.
Barney (15.1hh 9yr old gelding of unknown breeding) has just started living out on relatively poor grazing but comes in every day for a rest, ride and feed.
At the moment he is fed 1 scoop happy hoof, 1 mug micronised linseed, 2 mugs topspec leisuretime balancer and I have just dropped the topspec cubes from his diet but he was getting 1/2 scoop of these. Supplemented biotin, magox, yeasacc, salt and equimins flexijoint.

On advice in New Lounge I will swap Happy Hoof to either Healthy Tummy or Healthy Hooves? Am I right in thinking these are molasses free? I would like to feed a balancer still so does anyone have any suggestions for a feet friendly balancer? Would you keep his supplements the same?
Thanks in advance for any advice :)
 

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I think all those chaffs you have listed have molasses, try Hifi molasses free or Topspec lite neither of those have molasses.
 

throughtheforest

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He's on a whole array of things isn't he. If I were you I would probably try to reduce all the different supplements that he's on and simplify it, that may not or may have added benefits to Barney but It would certainly benefit your pocket. My chap has been put onto formula 4 feet. I've used this before for a pony with sweet itch and lami problems, and he showed a huge improvement in coat and hoof condition, which meant that we didn't need linseed, biotin or any balancer. Mine is also on Healthy Tummy, which he does well on, this is molasses free and is suitable for horses with gastric ulceration. If he was doing more work and needed extra energy I would think about using some cubes with more energy or oil content.
 

ILuvCowparsely

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Hi all,
Farrier came this week for my boy and has said that he has soft/ thin soles in his front feet. Posted in new lounge and got some great advice that the diet he is on now is probably playing a role in his feet problems.
I appreciate that diet is an important factor with feet so would like to get this right.
Barney (15.1hh 9yr old gelding of unknown breeding) has just started living out on relatively poor grazing but comes in every day for a rest, ride and feed.
At the moment he is fed 1 scoop happy hoof, 1 mug micronised linseed, 2 mugs topspec leisuretime balancer and I have just dropped the topspec cubes from his diet but he was getting 1/2 scoop of these. Supplemented biotin, magox, yeasacc, salt and equimins flexijoint.

On advice in New Lounge I will swap Happy Hoof to either Healthy Tummy or Healthy Hooves? Am I right in thinking these are molasses free? I would like to feed a balancer still so does anyone have any suggestions for a feet friendly balancer? Would you keep his supplements the same?
Thanks in advance for any advice :)


i would keep the flexijoint but look at a hoof supplement.......... scrap the biotin and try something new, scrap the salt but get him a Himalayan one which can hang in his stable and be used when he wants it

my horses have improved since being on formula4feet
I would go the supplement way
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the other one which is very good is equimins hoof mender and they give you a full money back guarantee if it does not help http://www.equimins-online.com/all-products/65-equimins-hoof-mender-supplement-pellets.html

Hoof Mender 75 comes with a full money back warranty. If you feed Hoof Mender 75 to your horse for a twelve month period and you have not seen any improvement in hoof quality, we will refund all of your money. You should keep your receipts as proof of purchase, in the unlikely event you may need to make a claim.

my old mares feet before and after hoof mender

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BarneyTheChestnutOne

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Thank you everyone, I will look into the formula4feet and also the equimins hoofmender as have had good results with the flexijoints for his stiffness. If I fed either of these would I need to feed the magox or yeasacc still do you think?

So far I am thinking the healthy tummy, formula4feet or hoofmender, pro balance and micronised linseed?

Its such a minefield and I want to find as diet that is right for him :)
 

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So far I am thinking the healthy tummy, formula4feet or hoofmender, pro balance and micronised linseed?

Healthy Tummy is really designed to be a complete feed so if you really want to feed a chaff, I'd go for a plain chaff like Hifi molasses free or Topspec lite (as Pinkvboots suggested). With a balancer eg Pro Balance (if you want to feed a probiotic then look at Pro Hoof) at the recommended amount (disclaimer: other balancers are available, I also like TopSpec Lite). If he's grazing for most of the day then you don't need linseed during the summer. Forget everything else. Hoof supplements - if they work - work because they address a lack or imbalance of minerals needed for healthy hooves. If you provide a reasonably well balanced diet based on good quality forage then you shouldn't need a hoof supplement.
 
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ILuvCowparsely

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Healthy Tummy is really designed to be a complete feed so if you really want to feed a chaff, I'd go for a plain chaff like Hifi molasses free or Topspec lite (as Pinkvboots suggested). With a balancer eg Pro Balance (if you want to feed a probiotic then look at Pro Hoof) at the recommended amount (disclaimer: other balancers are available, I also like TopSpec Lite). If he's grazing for most of the day then you don't need linseed during the summer. Forget everything else. Hoof supplements - if they work - work because they address a lack or imbalance of minerals needed for healthy hooves. If you provide a reasonably well balanced diet based on good quality forage then you shouldn't need a hoof supplement.

Sorry don't agree, as like people they can have a balanced diet but still need supplements for certain ailments - joints - nails- hair.

I don't like mixes anymore and wont feed them, mine have supplements like hoof mender even though one is on a complete feed ( can't feed them anything else) they still need hoof supplements, I do agree with removing the linseed but keeping the flexijoint.
 
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