Helping My Tender Footed Horse


“My gelding has been very tender footed for the past couple months. We have had a very rainy season and I know all the rain has softened his hooves. Is there a supplement your recommend? I have been applying turpentine for the past few weeks, but it doesn’t seem to be helping.”

Answer by Ph.D. Equine Nutritionist, Kelsey Johnson Nonella:

Sorry to hear about your gelding. I would recommend Hoof Guard, which will provide your horse with 32 mg of biotin, zinc, methionine, and MSM. This will help him to start building a stronger hoof. It is important to note that the supplement won’t change the existing hoof, but rather will help build new, stronger hoof. You will begin to see the outgrow from the coronet band. Complete replacement of the hoof can take 8-12 months.

Hope this helps and good luck with your horse.

Let me know if I can answer any more questions for you.

Hoof Guard


About Dr. Kelsey J. Nonella Ph.D., P.A.S.

Kelsey J. Nonella, Ph.D. is an equine nutritionist who was riding horses before she could walk. Her love for horses drives her to help educate people on what their horses’ needs in order to have happy, healthy horses. Kelsey went to Cal Poly receiving a Bachelor’s of Science in Animal Science and then onto West Texas A&M, where she got her Masters and eventually her Doctorates in Equine Science. At A&M, Dr. Nonella did extensive research on Selenium within horses. Click here to view her research. Kelsey’s colleagues have mentioned her as one of the United States equine Selenium experts.
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