When developing EE’s latest targeted supplement Hoof+ we asked for the opinions of some of the country’s most respected farriers to make sure we brought our equine partners the best product possible backed by the opinions of those who have made a living working in equine podiatry. Mike Foreman of Texas has been a farrier for over 47 years and still spends his evenings learning all he can about horses and their feet. He is well known and respected amongst leading equine opinions in Texas and beyond for his work with critical care hospitalized cases and performance horses alike. We took some time to visit with Mike about general hoof care and his opinions on equine nutrition specifically focusing on feet. Here is what he had to say.
𝘘: 𝘞𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘳𝘦𝘦 𝘴𝘪𝘮𝘱𝘭𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘨𝘴 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘸𝘪𝘴𝘩 𝘤𝘭𝘪𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘴 𝘸𝘰𝘶𝘭𝘥 𝘥𝘰 𝘳𝘦𝘨𝘶𝘭𝘢𝘳𝘭𝘺 𝘵𝘰 𝘬𝘦𝘦𝘱 𝘧𝘦𝘦𝘵 𝘩𝘦𝘢𝘭𝘵𝘩𝘺?
1. Clean feet out often
2. Use a quality hoof dressing regularly (Like EE”s CocoaTea Hoof Therapy)
3. Have feet trimmed every 4 to 6 weeks or shod every 5 weeks
𝘘. 𝘋𝘰 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘧𝘦𝘦𝘭 𝘣𝘪𝘰𝘵𝘪𝘯 𝘪𝘴 𝘦𝘴𝘴𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘪𝘢𝘭 𝘵𝘰 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘩𝘦𝘢𝘭𝘵𝘩 𝘰𝘧 𝘢 𝘩𝘰𝘳𝘴𝘦’𝘴 𝘩𝘰𝘰𝘧?
A: Yes, Biotin and Methionine are essential to equine diets pertaining to the horse’s feet in my opinion.
𝘘. 𝘞𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘪𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘮𝘰𝘴𝘵 𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘮𝘰𝘯 𝘮𝘪𝘴𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘤𝘦𝘱𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘢𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘢𝘨𝘦 𝘩𝘰𝘳𝘴𝘦 𝘰𝘸𝘯𝘦𝘳 𝘩𝘢𝘴 𝘢𝘣𝘰𝘶𝘵 𝘩𝘰𝘰𝘧 𝘤𝘢𝘳𝘦?
A: That hoof care is not as important as it is and waits until the feet are breaking up or when they look bad to tend to them. They do not realize the feet are like the foundation of your house or the tires on your vehicle. Without a good foundation, everything else suffers.
Find our CocoaTea Hoof Therapy dressing here: