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    11-06-2011, 04:56 PM
  #11
Foal
The silly thing about Biotin is that a healthy horse's guts will synthesize its OWN biotin...


So that leads me to believe that if a horse's guts aren't healthy, any fake biotin you provide probably won't be utilized very well, which, is why I still like ABC's HOOF because it focuses on feeding the bugs in the guts ;)
     
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    11-06-2011, 06:59 PM
  #12
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Plus One    
I think you want more Biotin in your Horses diet. A lot of these products have very little Biotin in them and are mostly Alfalfa. I spent some time reading labels at the feed store one day and was astounded. We have tried Farriers Formula without noticeable results as well. Agree with the statement that results will vary with the individual Horse. Just didn't work for us.
Biotin is what I was looking for in a supplement, yes. The GNW only contains 2mg or something small like that, and as I read up on the subject I discovered that a dosage more like 20mg is much more effective. I ended up selecting BioFlax 20 from Horsetech and have been using that for... um... two months now?

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I selected that product because:
#1 in addition to the 20mg of biotin in every 1-ounce serving, it also contains food-grade milled flax seed
#2 they have a money-back guarantee plus free shipping
#3 the cost per serving is very economical, especially compared to other brands that don't contain as much biotin.

We'll see in several months if it made a difference for my horse.
     
    11-06-2011, 07:30 PM
  #13
Foal
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Originally Posted by RebeccaMI    
We'll see in several months if it made a difference for my horse.
I think you are on the right track with more Biotin. I feed a half scoop of Vital Hoof which is 50mg. They say you can go down to 1/4 scoop but I like what I see at 50 and it is pretty economical too.

Keep us posted. Only 10 months to go!
     
    11-06-2011, 07:52 PM
  #14
Showing
I had begun feeding boiled flax, 1/2 cup twice daily. After a month his bay coat turned more reddish and after 3 months the new hoof growth was better. By the time the new growth was at the bottom no more chipping. He was also getting 2lb of seniors 3x day along with grass or hay.
     
    11-08-2011, 12:59 PM
  #15
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Plus One    
I feed a half scoop of Vital Hoof which is 50mg. They say you can go down to 1/4 scoop but I like what I see at 50 and it is pretty economical too.
I'm trying to do a cost comparison but I can't find anything that says how much is a scoop. All I can find is that one tub of Vital Hoof is one pound and it's $46.95 plus shipping. How much is one scoop (an ounce?) and how much is shipping?
     
    11-08-2011, 01:50 PM
  #16
Foal
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Originally Posted by RebeccaMI    
I'm trying to do a cost comparison but I can't find anything that says how much is a scoop. All I can find is that one tub of Vital Hoof is one pound and it's $46.95 plus shipping. How much is one scoop (an ounce?) and how much is shipping?
You are right. I couldn't find it either so I read the label on the one pound jar. There are 30 full scoops for 30 days or 60 half scoops which is what I use. That is 50mg of Biotin. When I added the item to my cart it said shipping was $5. I buy it at my local feed store who are the ones that recommended it.

Just noticed it has Sea Kelp in it which is kind of cool. Anyway it lasts me about a month between 3 Horses. One I am pretty diligent feeding and the other two I alternate. The one Horse I used to have problems with always was loosing shoes and tearing up his feet.

So bad when he was a 3-year-old we were afraid he wasn't going to be able to show at the NRCHA Snaffle Bit. He is probably my best Horse but what a dork. Always messing with the dogs, pawing and has destroyed the floor in my old trailer. Needs to be hobbled often, but he still is a comedian. So chasing or "cutting" the dogs and pawing at them through stud wire along with his other antics, he was always loosing shoes. I tried a couple of products until the Manager at the feed store recommended this. I am sure there are other great products out there like the one you are using, but I really think the extra biotin did the trick. Now that he is a 9-year-old he has nice feet. Still a dork though, but fun to chase cows on!

Best.
     
    11-08-2011, 02:21 PM
  #17
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Plus One    
You are right. I couldn't find it either so I read the label on the one pound jar. There are 30 full scoops for 30 days or 60 half scoops which is what I use. That is 50mg of Biotin. When I added the item to my cart it said shipping was $5. I buy it at my local feed store who are the ones that recommended it.
I would have to order it online because I don't think anywhere close to me carries it.

So the cost with shipping is $51.95 and if I assume 60 half scoops are in one bucket the per-serving cost is 87.

The stuff that I'm trying now is $40.95 for an 80-scoop container, which breaks down to 51 per scoop. Each scoop/serving contains 20mg of Biotin, which is 30mg less than a half-scoop serving of the Vital Hoof, but it also contains other good stuff like the food-grade flax seed meal.

I'll email my farrier and see what she thinks about switching the next time I run out of hoof supp. As usual I'm of two minds about it, LOL. On one hand, I want him to have the healthiest hooves possible, and 50mg of biotin surely is a large amount and would undoubtedly help toward that goal. On the other hand, if 20mg will do the trick and costs less, wouldn't it be nice for me to know?
     

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