New from NutriScience:Farriers Choice
NutriScience are proud to relaunch Farriers Choice with a new and improved formulation. Farriers Choice is a complementary feed to assist in building stronger and healthier hooves and is the latest addition to the extensive NutriScience product range.
Farriers Choice has a unique combination of biotin, D-L Methionine, biotin, lysine and sulphur-rich MSM. It also contains the seaweed Ascophyllum nodosum plus essential microminerals zinc and copper, which provides the building blocks for hoof horn and supports the manufacture of keratin (the protein of the hoof wall). Farriers Choice maintains hoof quality by supporting good growth and contributing towards strong, resilient, hard hoof horn.
Mode of Action
Biotin is included at a high concentration, because there are a number of clinical studies showing an improvement in hoof quality and condition, and growth rate from long-term feeding of biotin to horses with hoof horn problems (Comben et al., 1984; Buffa et al., 1992; Geyer & Schulze, 1994; Josseck et al., 1995; Zenker et al., 1995; Reilly et al., 1998). Biotin needs to be fed ongoing for horses prone to hoof problems.
Zinc and copper are essential microminerals that are key for healthy hoof horn however, they are deficient in forages. This means the supplementation of zinc is worthwhile because low quality hoof horn and white line disease can be linked to sub-optimal zinc intakes (Coenen & Spitzlei, 1997; Hihami, 1999). Seaweed is a traditional supplement for healthy hooves and is rich in iodine, which counteracts the natural deficiencies in forage. Dietary iodine shortage causes coarse, dry keratinised tissues (Safer, 2011), which affects the hair, skin and hooves.
MSM and methionine are rich sources of sulphur which is an integral part of the hoof protein keratin, so supplementation can improve intrinsic tensile strength of hoof horn.
The unique formulation of Farrier’s Choice promotes hoof growth, improves bonding within the hoof wall and contributes towards resilience and hardness of the hoof horn. It is ideal for horses prone to cracks, splitting and crumbling of the hoof horn, where slow growth is a problem, and for those with brittle or soft hoof walls.
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