California Riding Magazine • June, 2014

Farrier's Finish
Topical hoof dressage provides safe protection.

A horse's hoof, tough as it may appear, is made from the same proteins as your own skin. In fact, a horse's hoof is 95 percent protein. The chemicals used in many hoof products can denature and thereby destroy the protective function of the protein.

Formaldehyde, turpentine, pine tar and acetone will harden the hoof and make the hoof shine; however by chemically "cooking" the protein, the hoof loses some of its elastic qualities and ability to absorb shocks. Shock absorption is a primary function of the hooves. A hoof wall without elasticity is more prone to cracking, and a hoof wall unable to "breathe" naturally cannot maintain healthy moisture content.

Feeding a hoof supplement containing nutrients such as phospholipids, omega fatty acids, and important amino acid "protein building blocks" enables horses to build strong structural and connective tissue proteins important for healthy hoof structure and growth.

To protect the hoof and combat microbial infections, we recommend topical hoof products containing natural waxes and resins (such as lecithin) to form a protective, breathable coating and a non-irritating antimicrobial such as tea tree oil and low levels of iodine. Farrier's Finish topical liquid hoof dressing is a Life Data Labs, Inc. product that is safe to use, provides protection from excess moisture, and is effective against microbes.

Together, Farrier's Formula® and Farrier's Finish® provide healthy hoof growth and protection against thrush, white line disease, and excessive wet/dry environmental conditions.

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