Dehydrated alfalfa meal, yeast culture, lecithin, DL-methionine, soy protein concentrate, ascorbic acid, biotin, copper sulphate, zinc oxide, cobalt carbonate, calcium iodate, hydrated sodium calcium aluminosilicate, vegetable oil, permitted and artificial flavourings.
How Farriers Formula® was developed
Farriers Formula® is the first supplement of its kind to be scientifically based on the laboratory testing of blood collected from hundreds of horses. Each blood sample was tested for more than 175 different factors. By entering this data into a computerised database, Dr. Gravlee was able to determine through statistical analysis which nutrients were lacking in the horses with poor-quality hooves. Once the deficient nutrients were identified, Dr. Gravlee then produced Farriers Formula® nutritional hoof supplement. In every scoop of Farriers Formula® there is thirty years of experience and research with numerous clinical studies and field trials.
In 1988, Dr. Gravlee subjected Farriers Formula® to independent university research to again prove its efficacy. The research was done at the University of Edinburgh by Dr. Susan Kempson and is available upon request.
How Farriers Formula® works
Farriers 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 fibres which may crosslink with adjacent fibres. The joined fibres' 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 Farriers Formula®
Within as little as two weeks of feeding Farriers Formula® one should see a glossy, more deeply coloured 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 Farriers 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 0.5 cup (85 g) 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 Farriers 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. In the interest of solving the problems in a timely manner, Life Data LABS, INC. should be contacted immediately to speak with our nutrition consultants in order to determine a course of action.
Satisfied customers worldwide report up to a 25% improvement in feed efficiency after feeding Farriers Formula®. This is likely due to better digestion and utilisation of the feedstuff resulting from the nutrients in Farriers Formula®.
Farriers Formula® and the older horse
Feeding Farriers 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).
Farriers 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, Farriers 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 Farriers Formula® for as long as needed.
Life Data LABS, INC. recommends Farriers Finish® in combination with Farriers Formula® to provide complete hoof care and help reduce hoof infections such as thrush and White Line disease.
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 g of product. Two cups (474 ml) will deliver 340 g of product. Top dress or mix with grain ration.Adult replenishment
Top dress or mix with regular feed. For each 450 kg of body weight use one measuring cup (170 g) of product per day.
||0.5 cup / 85 g
||1 cup / 170 g
||1.5 cups / 255 g
||2 cups / 340 g
After feeding for 6-8 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. Nursing foals
Feed 0.25 measuring cup (43 g) per day.
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