Extensive field testing results show significant increase in hoof growth over six-month period
East Longmeadow, MA – New Hooflex® Concentrated Hoof Builder features targeted ingredients that provide the essential building blocks for supporting strong, healthy hooves. The nutritionist-formulated supplement was recently put to the test, as 50 horses were placed on Hooflex Concentrated Hoof Builder, and hoof growth was monitored for six months. The results showed a significant increase in hoof growth, overall improvement in hoof quality, and overwhelming approval of the supplement from participating farriers.
The field test was conducted through a partnership between W.F. Young/Absorbine® and the American and Canadian Association of Professional Farriers, as well as members of The Second Company Governor’s Horse Guard in Connecticut. Fifty horses of various breeds and ages throughout the United States and Canada were placed on Hooflex Concentrated Hoof Builder supplement. During the testing period, the horses took part in a variety of activities, from pleasure riding to competitive disciplines. This included a state militia unit and drill team, as well as horses involved in polo, trail riding, dressage, eventing, and hunter/jumper.
The field test horses were fed a two-ounce serving of Hooflex Concentrated Hoof Builder once daily starting in September 2014. Over the following six months, each horse maintained a regular schedule of hoof care with its farrier. Regular photographs and measurements were taken, and assessments were conducted by participating farriers throughout the test to evaluate the efficacy of the supplement.
After a six-month period of use, horses fed Hooflex Concentrated Hoof Builder showed a significant increase in hoof growth. The overall average hoof growth was 2.43 inches, compared to a typical 1.9 inches of horses not on a hoof supplement. Of the horses in the field test 33% had 3 inches or more of healthy hoof growth, and 84% of horses in the field test had 2 inches or more of healthy hoof growth.
Throughout the field testing, participating farriers commented routinely on the positive effects of Hooflex Concentrated Hoof Builder on hoof growth and hoof quality. “It worked!” said Brent Brown, APF. “Every time I visited the horses in the field test, I saw significant hoof growth. Not only was the growth impressive, the quality of the hoof growth was as well.” Cathy Lesperance, APF, was in agreement: “There has been a huge improvement in how the horses are holding their shoes and clinches, and their hoof walls are staying strong,” she commented. Mandy Patterson, a trainer at premier hunter/jumper facility Stealaway, Inc., noted her farrier’s satisfaction with the results: “Dave Farley (APF, CF, International Horseshoeing Hall of Fame), was VERY impressed by the condition of our horses’ hooves! He saw growth that should have taken a year. He also said the quality of the hooves improved tremendously!”
Absorbine is pleased to now offer this key piece of overall hoof care under the Hooflex brand, and stands by the field testing results as a testament to the company’s overarching goals of quality, efficacy, and innovation. “With so many hoof supplements available on shelves these days, it was very important to us to offer consumers something proven effective,” says Amy Cairy, Brand Manager specializing in supplements at Absorbine. “We were very pleased to work with several talented and credible farriers and equine organizations on the field testing for Hooflex Concentrated Hoof Builder, and believe the results to be evident of the type of quality we strive for in our products.”
Hooflex Concentrated Hoof Builder comes in 45-day and 90-day sizes, packaged in convenient re-sealable bags. To learn more about Hooflex Concentrated Hoof Builder, and the entire line of Hooflex products, visit www.absorbine.com.
About W.F. Young / Absorbine
Founded in 1892 by Wilbur Fenelon Young and his wife, Mary Ida, W. F. Young, Inc. has manufactured and distributed quality health care products for over 120 years. The company is recognized as a worldwide leader in innovative, specialized animal health care brands – including Absorbine® Veterinary Liniment, UltraShield® fly control, ShowSheen® grooming products and Hooflex® hoof care – that improve wellness and enhance the quality and enjoyment of life for people and their animals. For more information, visit www.absorbine.com.