Worlds Largest Horse Nixes Hoof Supplements, May 1, 2013
May 8, 2013
SBS Dealer eNewsletter May 1, 2013
2800 pound Belgian 6’6″ Tall
While attending the Collier County Fair in Naples, FL we paid an extra $1.00 to get a peak at one of the world’s largest horses. After looking at the huge size of the animal, it occurred to us, “why would anyone in their right mind use a hoof supplement that may reach every cell in in the horse’s body, just to treat the hoof.”
SBS does not expect horse owners to stop using hoof supplements,
but we would like our dealers to be aware of SBS products that can target and improve hoof growth without treating the entire animal.
What’s the Secret To Hoof Growth?
The cells of the hoof wall are dead. They contain no blood vessels or nerves. For this reason, damage to the cells in the hoof wall cannot be healed. Rather, over the course of time, damaged cells are continuously replaced from just below an area called the coronet at the skin and hoof wall junction. Therefore, the only effective way of improving hoof growth is to influence the epithelial cells that line the coronet band. A normal hoof wall grows out at a rate of about three-eighth inch (10 mm) per month.
SBS manufactures several products that signal or switch-on the epithelial cells at the coronet band to accelerate hoof growth. The science behind each product is explained below in simple terms.
TOE GROW Spray / TOE GROW Gel
Toe Grow Gel
TOE GROW contains copper peptides that stimulate the coronary band to produce a stronger, healthier hoof in the same way copper peptides activate the production of new human hair and skin. Peptides act as antibodies, hormones, or cell function facilitators. Copper peptides are a specific type of peptide that has a copper ion attached to it and is found naturally in cells. In this form, copper peptides act as messengers at the cellular level to ‘switch on’ cells to draw from the blood supply to get the nutrients they need to heal and grow.
Starting Gate is a phospholipid rich formula. In addition to the product’s ability to treat gastric equine ulcers, scientific studies using phospholipids have shown them to stimulate growth of good quality thicker hoof walls within 6 to 12 weeks (Kempson,1990). The product works by targeting and strengthening the epithelial tissue that line the gastro-intestinal track, hair and skin, including the coronet band. It improves the gut’s ability to absorb valuable nutrients through the stomach lining. Starting Gate Granules target the epithelial cells which contribute to the growth of healthy hooves.
TOPCOAT Hoof Conditioner
TOPCOAT Hoof Conditioner is a protein rich formula that is loaded with essential fatty acids that help restore the natural hoof protein lost or damaged through domestication of the horse. Hooves with weak, poor quality walls lose their natural water proofing properties and are more prone to environmental influences and disease. TOPCOAT helps rebuild and protect the hoof.
Hoof resection for white line disease.
Hoof growth after six months using TOPCOAT exclusively.