the hoof supplement everyone is talking about.
Equi Life Ltd, the distribution
arm of The Laminitis Clinic, has launched a ‘New Generation’ equine hoof supplement,
Formula4 Feet, providing unique benefits for both horses with poor
hoof horn quality, cracked hooves, weak heels and those at risk of laminitis.
Robert Eustace FRCVS, Director of the Laminitis Clinic, developed Formula4
Feet in collaboration with Dr. David Frape, the country’s leading equine nutritionist.
Mr Eustace is increasingly disturbed by the insidious increase in GM ingredients
in horse feeds. He takes the view that the consequences of feeding GM ingredients
are unknown and that until extensive research is undertaken, to prove safety both
to animals and the environment, it is prudent to avoid such materials.
The nutrition for hooves provided by Formula4 Feet leads to obvious
improvements in hoof horn quality.
Formula4 Feet is the first non-GM hoof
supplement to be made anywhere in the world. It
is manufactured in the UK in a drug free, UFAS
approved facility complying to ISO 9001 standards.
Formula4 Feet has gained approval by
the Vegetarian Society due to there being no ingredients
of animal or molluscan origin and to the ethical
production and development policies which Equi
Each batch of Formula4 Feet is tested
free of substances listed in the Common Feed Contaminants
Screen, before it is offered for sale. Products
including these substances would result in a positive
dope test under FEI and Jockey Club rules. Testing
is performed at the world’s leading equine forensic
Formula4 Feet has been subjected to
independent research at the University of Berlin,
the world renowned keratin institute.
Formula4 Feet provides over 65 micronutrients,
in a highly palatable pellet. These include multivitamins,
10, 18 amino acids, 16 minerals, 4 antioxidants,
and essential fatty acids, including omega 3's.
Due to it’s comprehensive formulation Formula4
Feet is an excellent general supplement to help
keep your horse in tip top health.
Formula4 Feet provides a daily dose
of 20mg biotin for a 450 kg horse. Most studies
on the effects on hoof horn following supplementation
with biotin, indicate that 20mg daily is necessary
to achieve consistent improvement.
Formula4 Feet provides
over 3 grammes of calcium per day balanced with
magnesium and phosphorus. Calcium has been shown
to be important in inter-squame attachment in
Formula4 Feet provides zinc as both
organic and inorganic forms, providing optimal
availability, yet allowing the horse to retain
intestinal selectivity during absorption. Zinc
is important for correct hoof horn growth; deficiency
results in parakeratosis.
Formula4 Feet contains methionine,
an important natural sulphur containing amino
acid. Methionine is necessary to provide the building
blocks of strong hoof horn.
Formula4 Feet provides generous amounts
of phospholipids, from natural ingredients. Phospholipids
are essential dietary components for incorporation
into all cell membranes. This function is vital
throughout the body, not only in the hoof, where
phospholipids are intimately involved in keeping
the horn free from infections and maintaining
a normal water balance.
Formula4 Feet contains no cereals and
no added selenium. Cereals are high in soluble
carbohydrates and are not recommended for laminitis
cases. Excessive selenium is thought to contribute
to hoof horn infections and can be toxic if over
supplemented. Selenium toxicosis causes poor horn
development with a dry scaly appearance to the
hoof and if given in greater amounts can lead
to the horse shedding its hooves or even death.
Formula4 Feet contains Vitamin A which
is important for a healthy epithelium. The hoof, coat,
mane and tail are all part of the epithelium.
One of the main causes of laminitis is obesity,
leading to glucose intolerance, insulin resistance
and diabetes mellitus. Research at the Laminitis
Clinic indicates that obesity and insulin resistance
may be a forerunner of Cushing’s disease. Formula4
Feet is a revolutionary new formulation which
provides nutritional support against these syndromes,
helping to keep your horse healthy. Formula4
Feet should be used in combination with a low
calorie, high fibre diet to help prevent laminitis.
Formula4 Feet contains the amino acids
lysine and threonine. Lysine and Threonine are
the two most important rate limiting amino acids,
if they are in short supply, protein and energy
metabolism is inhibited, preventing your horse
from getting all the goodness from his food.
Formula4 Feet contains optimal levels
of antioxidants including heat stable Vitamin
C, Vitamin E, copper and BHT. Antioxidants not
only help keep Formula4 Feet in fresh
condition but, when assimilated, act to prevent
free radical damage to cells and cell membranes.
Formula4 Feet contains omega 3 fatty
acids, which by their competitive metabolism,
during the desaturation of n-6 fatty acids to
the inflammatory eicosanoids, gives Formula4
Feet anti-inflammatory properties.
Formula4 Feet contains the amino acid
arginine, which is the precursor for the formation
of nitric oxide in the tissue circulation. Nitric
oxide is a powerful vasodilator i.e. causes the
blood vessels to widen, which encourages greater
blood flow and tissue perfusion. Laminitis is
thought to involve vasoconstriction and ischaemia
(lack of blood flow to the laminae) in it’s pathogenesis.
Formula4 Feet contains balanced amounts
of bioavailable magnesium. Deficiency may be associated
with glucose intolerance and insulin resistance,
both of which are commonly associated with laminitis.
Experience at the Laminitis Clinic has shown that
laminitis cases often show abnormal magnesium
balances in blood and urine samples.
Formula4 Feet contains Riboflavin which
is important for efficient energy metabolism and
healthy skeletal muscles. Elevated serum concentrations
of CPK, an indicator of skeletal muscle damage,
are commonly found in laminitis cases.
Formula4 Feet contains natural plant
sources of Vanadium and Chromium. Vanadium is
vital for insulin intra-cellular signalling and
thus important in cases of insulin resistance
and diabetes. Chromium, in combination with other
ingredients in Formula4 Feet, is involved
in the formation of glucose tolerance factor by
the horse. Glucose tolerance factor has shown
the potential to reduce blood glucose and free
fatty acid concentrations in diabetic subjects.
Glucose tolerance factor is important in combating
insulin resistance and helping to prevent obesity
Formula4 Feet contains tyrosine and
phenylalanine, both important precursors of the
neurotransmitter dopamine which is in short supply
in equine Cushing’s disease cases.
Formula4 Feet contains choline, inositol,
methionine and cobalt (precursor of Vitamin B12),
all of which are essential for optimal liver function.
Formula4 Feet contains short chain
oligosaccharides from natural ingredients. These
have been shown to be important in maintaining
a healthy microbial population in the horse’s
hindgut. Oligosaccharides help to “bind” some
species of pathogenic bacteria, further promoting
Formula4 Feet contains the amino acid
tyrosine and the element iodine, which when combined,
form thyroxine, the thyroid hormone. Adequate
thyroxine is necessary for optimal energy metabolism
and promotes a normal metabolic rate and a healthy
Formula4 Feet comes in re-sealable,
re-cyclable, waterproof and u/v lightproof containers.
Despite all the above benefits, Formula4
Feet represents a significant saving
on existing leading hoof and laminitis supplements
e.g. a 7 kg bucket (which represents a 6 week
shoeing interval supply for a 450 kg horse) has
a recommended retail price of only £34.99.