If you’re on the search for the “best laminitis supplement”, it’s important to be aware that supplements will not cure laminitis or make a lame horse sound – only regulated medicines can claim to do so. Laminitis is a medical emergency – if your horse is showing signs of laminitis you could call your vet immediately.
However, as horses on restricted grass intake require additional support to remain fit and healthy, targeted supplements can help to support the diets of horses in this category throughout their lives. Most overweight equines are susceptible to laminitis, as are those diagnosed with equine metabolic syndrome (EMS), insulin dysregulation (ID), or Cushing’s disease (PPID), but ensuring they have the right diet and nutritional support is a key step in preventing an attack.
In general, supplements that are formulated to support horses on restricted grazing and sensitive to spring and autumn grass flushes deliver nutrition that supports healthy hoof growth and promotes circulation in a low-sugar and starch form. If you’re looking for a more general hoof supplement to support your horse’s hooves and encourage healthy growth, check out this selection of hoof supplements.
If you compete with your horse then it is important you make sure any supplements you use do not contain any prohibited substances.
What are your options?
Here is a selection of available supplements to support horses on restricted grazing, including the manufacturers’ descriptions of their products…
NB: Cost per day has been calculated using the maintenance measure for a 500kg horse in light work (where there was variation) and the RRP of the smallest available tub. Some products require you to feed more in some situations, which will increase the cost per daily measure, while buying a larger tub will likely decrease it – these costs per day are a guide only.
Sizes: 750g, 1.5kg, 10kg | RRP: £33.99 for 750g | Daily measure: 25–50g | Cost per day: £1.13 |
This blend of more than 40 ingredients combines key gut support, bio-available sulphur and targeted nutrients, in a palatable formula to maintain hoof health and improve the diet. Prebiotics and live probiotics are included to promote a stable, healthy gut environment, while antioxidants support the liver.
Sizes: 1kg, 1.5kg | RRP: £15.95 for 1kg | Daily measure: 45g | Cost per day: £0.72 |
This contains a blend of ingredients that are particularly useful when the blood supply to the foot has been impaired.
Equine America Lamigard TRT Regular Solution
Sizes: 1l | RRP: £46.50 | Daily measure: 30g | Cost per day: £1.40 |
This liquid supplement is low in sugar and starch, while also high in fibre. It provides nutritional and antioxidant support, is easy to feed and is suitable for horses receiving a very low concentrate feed.
Sizes: 1l | RRP: £91 | Daily measure: 20ml | Cost per day: £1.82 |
This supports the sensitive intestinal flora and helps to maintain balance in hormonal and metabolic processes. It also helps to support blood circulation and promote blood flow in the hoof. Best used in conjuction with Cavalor PodoSens.
Global Herbs LamiPro
Sizes: 500ml, 1l, 5l | RRP: £19.40 for 500ml | Daily measure: 10ml | Cost per day: £0.39 |
This palatable herbal supplement works by providing nutritional support for digestion, metabolism, liver function and feed utilisation. This combined action supports and comforts the feet at any time throughout the year. The formula is fast-acting and provides nutritional support from the first day fed. Also available in powder form.
Horse First Hoof First
Sizes: 750g, 2kg, 5kg | RRP: £23 for 750g | Daily measure: 25g | Cost per day: £0.77 |
This supplement contains 40mg of biotin per serving, plus all the essential vitamins and minerals to successfully grow strong, healthy hooves.
Sizes: 600g | RRP: £41.99 | Daily measure: 7g | Cost per day: £0.49 |
Formulated to support and help maintain normal, healthy circulation to the hooves and the laminae, this supplement is made from 100% natural ingredients. In an ideal situation it fed all year round or when management changes occur, combined with exercise where appropriate and weight control, in order to support healthy blood flow and circulation.
Saracen KER Bio-Bloom PS
Sizes: 2kg | RRP: £76.96 for 2kg | Daily measure: 30g | Cost per day: £1.15 |
This is a dual action supplement designed to support and maintain hoof and coat condition formulated with key nutrients, high levels of biotin, lecithin, iodine, methionine, chelated zinc at research-proven levels shown to support hoof growth.
Sizes: 15kg | RRP: £29.75 | Daily measure: 500g | Cost per day: £0.99 |
This pelleted multi-supplement designed to provide nutritional support for those prone to, being treated for, or recovering from laminitis. It combines several supplements with a high fibre, very low-calorie carrier to make it palatable. Long-term trials have shown that it does not promote weight hain when on restricted or poor grazing.
EquiFeast LamiCore Starter balancer
Sizes: 6.25kg | RRP: £74.50 | Daily measure: 250g | Cost per day: £2.98 |
This magnesium-free, low-calorie balancer contains chelated calcium. It also has added psyllium to help regulate normal insulin management.
Sizes: 1.5kg, 3kg, 6kg | RRP: £45.99 for 1.5kg | Daily measure: 12g | Cost per day: £0.37 |
This low-calorie, palatable formulation provides 25 essential vitamins, minerals and amino acids, alongside important antioxidants vitamin E and selenium. It is a two-part formula designed to maintain hoof health and general well-being – one part delivers a pelleted balancer, while the second part contains a blend of powerful natural herbs to aid circulation to the hoof.
Foran Equine Hoof Aid
Sizes: 1l, 2.5l | RRP: £18.50 for 1l | Daily measure: 45ml | Cost per day: £0.83 |
This supplement is designed to support your horses hoof growth and strength through a combination of biotin and key minerals. Also available in powder form.
Sizes: 900g | RRP: £33 | Daily measure: 30g | Cost per day: £1.10 |
Containing powerful antioxidants and green-lipped mussel, this supplement supports the health and wellbeing of horses on restricted diets. Key ingredients support the development of healthy hooves and laminae and promote optimum circulation. It also contains a prebiotic, that has been seen to have a beneficial effect on weight management and digestive microflora, especially when feed and calorie intake is being managed.
Paddock Power Rebalance
Sizes: 10kg | RRP: £46 | Daily measure: 100g | Cost per day: £0.46 |
Very low in starch and sugar, this supplement helps improve your horse’s condition, coat, feet, and general health, providing your horse with a good balance of minerals, vitamins, proteins, oil and protected trace elements. It also contains a full daily dose of biotin.
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