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 in an establishment using the highest
standards i.e. positive release system (for raw materials and finished product),
drug free, UK Establishment No GB330M 5117; UFAS Approval No 5155.
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 Life employs.
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 laboratory.
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 hoof horn.
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
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
i.e.the hoof, coat, mane and tail and Vitamin D which is important for the
healthy growth and remodeling of bones. Vitamin D is particularly vital for horses
which receive little access to sunshine.
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
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
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 dependent laminitis.
Formula4 Feet contains tyrosine and phenylalanine, both important precursors
of the neurotransmitter dopamine which is in short supply in equine Cushing’s
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 intestinal health.
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 hair coat.
Formula4 Feet comes in recyclable bags and sacks resistant to moisture
and u/v light.
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 $ 89.95..