Hoof Health – make it a priority and reap the benefits

Following on from our previous post ‘No Hoof, No Horse’, where our friends at Carr & Day & Martin gave us some insights into the complex structure that is the horse’s hoof and explored a total approach to hoof management, in this post we look in a little more detail as to how to keep our horse’s hooves in tip top shape.

Nutrition for healthy hooves


Improving hoof horn quality and growth

Nutrition is essential for healthy hoof growth. Most horse owners are aware of the benefits of biotin, yet if fed alone it is much less effective than if supplemented with its essential pre-cursors zinc and methionine. In addition, several scientific studies have reported a beneficial effect on hoof horn quality and growth when feeding bioavailable calcium and a quality protein. Independent research also shows that biotin fed at 15 mg per day for a 500 kg horse will support horn growth.


When fed at the recommended level Cornucrescine Daily Hoof Supplement supplies a 500kg horse with 20 mg of biotin per day plus the essential methionine and zinc to ensure maximum benefit.

Cornucrescine Daily Hoof Supplement is a premium supplement containing all these essential ingredients in a pelleted form to help build and maintain strong healthy hooves.

Regular Hoof Maintenance


Whilst nutrition can help with the growth of new horn, the hoof horn from the coronet down is actually dead tissue. Once the horn grows beyond the coronary band it is therefore the environment and the management of it that influences hoof health.

Traditional hoof care applications such as oils and greases are excellent for cosmetic purposes, but cannot be used therapeutically as a scientific approach is necessary. Cornucrescine Original Hoof Ointment is a specific daily application developed in 1896 that will nourish and protect hooves, and has been used by generations of horse owners worldwide to maintain hoof health.

Cornucrescine Original Hoof Ointment is successful in stimulating hoof growth when massaged into the coronet and can help restructuring of the hoof if used regularly. This traditional and unique formulation is the only external application of its kind.

Although Cornucrescine Original Hoof Ointment has been recommended and used by farriers for over a century using the latest technology and research available, several extensions to the range have been developed. These are described on the following pages.

All Carr & Day & Martin Hoof care products are available from approved stockists throughout Ireland.

In our next hoof care post we will look at environmental factors that affect our horse’s hooves and how we can manage them to avoid problems in the future.

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