Hoof Supplements vs Hoof Topicals
It’s rained on and off here outside Chicago for a while now. Due to standing in water, our horse’s hooves got soft. Our vet told us to give him Farrier’s Formula supplements, which we did. The horse trainer said supplements don’t work, touch up the hooves with a topical. Who’s right–and how can the answers be so different? Thank you. Marilyn
They’re both right! Your veterinarian is addressing the issue from the inside out with ingredients like biotin, methionine, zinc, fatty acids and others that have been shown to improve the growth rate and hardness of hooves. Meanwhile your trainer is addressing the issue from the outside in, advising you to apply a barrier against excess moisture with a hoof sealant. For best success, I recommend you do both, as oral hoof supplements
only affect the quality of new growth so it can take months to see an improvement. A topical hoof product
will start to protect your horse’s feet right away. Now you just have to ask your farrier what he thinks!