Manufacturer: Farnam (View all products by Farnam)
Model: HB 15 Biotin (View all HB 15 Biotin reviews)
Category: Horse Health and Well Being
Purchase: I purchased this at fleet farm for about $23 per one-month supply. I have thoroughbreds who have thoroughbred feet, so I put 4 horses on this.
Likes: It actually does what it is supposed to; it WORKS. The most important thing that you can do is give it time. Your horse needs to grow an entire new hoof, so it will not work overnight, or in a week, or even in a month. You need to give it 6-8 months or longer to work, because the growth at the top of his hoof needs to make it down to the end before it shows an improvement from cracked, abcess-prone hooves.
Dislikes: Unfortunately, what I don't like is nothing that can be fixed. Biotin is a b-vitamin and as such is water-soluble (as opposed to fat soluble), meaning that it stays in the water of the horse's body, not the fat. The fat stays around longer on the horse; water goes in and out every time your horse drinks, sweats, and...well, you know. What this means is that even after the foot looks great, you can't take your horse off of it without replacing his b-vitamin (biotin) source some other way, or the hoof wall will revert back to its normal production and any new hoof growing in will be as bad as it was before you put him on the supplement, so it's a life-long (or at least career-long) supplement. But that's just like most supplements, anyhow.
Quality: As I mentioned, it is made of a water-soluble B vitamin called Biotin. This means that it does not stay in the body long and needs to be replaced often. This particular product is fashioned into little alfalfa-like pellets, which are easily watered down or mixed into food. They are palatable and my horses all ate them without complaints.
Summary: I tested 4 of my horses and it worked for each and every one of them. These four were quite prone to split, cracked hooves. All four had beautiful hooves after eight months. One with white feet still had some very superficial lines, but no cracks. My TB gelding's feet never cracked again, even after I took him off it, but he was also retired from riding shortly before I stopped treatments on my horses (due to his compiling and enormous veterinary costs).
Usefulness Rating: 2.5 out of 5.
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