Frequently Asked Questions
Please visit our product overview to see the different moulds in detail.
Different breeds of horses have different shaped feet. Thoroughbreds and Warmbloods tend to have a round front hoof shape and a more oval-shaped hind. Quarter Horses and Arabian Horses tend to have a more oval shape, in both front and hind.
Our front and hind FormaHoof moulds have been designed with these variations in mind.
If your horse has a narrow, oval-shaped hoof, the hind FormaHoof mould pattern will offer the best fit.
For horses with Club Feet, the hind mould shape works best. However, an additional anchoring method may be required to secure the FormaHoof application. In a well-shaped hoof, FormaHoof is kept in place primarily because of its shape - because the hoof is wider at the bottom than the top, FormaHoof cannot slide off the hoof.
However, as the shape of a Club Foot is reversed, we need an additional mechanical anchor to keep the application in place. This can be done using short screw heads screwed into the wall, or additional notches trimmed into the wall to create an anchor for the FormaHoof application to adhere to.
We have created the FormaHoof sizing chart to ensure that you select the right size of mould for your horse’s hooves. The sizing sheet is available in our online shop and on all product pages (moulds and kits).
To measure the hoof and to order the correct size, you need to take two measurements:
1. The widest part of the foot
2. The length of the foot
To ensure you order the correct size, please take a picture of both measurements and share them with us by e-mail before placing your order.
For professionals, we can help you to convert from your most frequently used metal shoe sizes to FormaHoof sizes.
We are further happy to assist all our customers to verify the right size to ensure you receive the correct size mould and can get you horse on the right track to optimum hoof health as quickly as possible.
YES. FormaHoof moulds are manufactured using premium quality materials which will allow them to be reused for up to 100 applications.
As with any trade tool, the better you take care of it and treat it the longer it will last.
Cleaning your moulds regularly with a good quality silicon base spray will extend their life and help prevent them from becoming damaged. At FormaHoof we use WD-40 Silicone spray. However, other brands can provide the same effect.
YES, you can combine a FormaHoof application with a regular metal shoe. The shoe can be either glued, screwed or nailed onto the application without needing to penetrate the hoof wall itself.
There are many options to combine the FormaHoof application with medical treatments. For example, horses that need to be kept in work can have a medicated pad applied to the hoof under the FormaHoof application and so continue with their vital exercise program. Similarly, hoof cracks, laminitis, seedy toe, white line disease and many other common hoof problems can be treated and medicated successfully under a FormaHoof application, offering support and protection so the horse can return to work whilst the hoof continues to heal and regenerate.
FormaHoof applications can be used as an immediate first-aid treatment for a wide range of different hoof injuries.
Special conditions such as laminitis, white line disease or thin soles can be treated for a short- or long-term period with FormaHoof, according to the specific needs of each individual horse and the speed of healing.
FormaHoof can also be used as a permanent shoeing model for your horse, whether to offer additional comfort and protection to help ensure the horse’s long-term soundness or simply to provide a more natural way to protect your horse’s hooves during work and training.
Depending upon the natural rate of hoof growth and wear through work, the application can usually stay on for the length of your horse’s regular shoeing cycle.
To achieve an excellent FormaHoof application and get the best results in the shortest length of time, the hoof should be thoroughly prepared to enhance hygiene in the application system. This means that all the old, damaged hoof material can be addressed in the first application, including nail damage to the hoof wall, flared hoof wall, compromised sole, thrush infected frog and under run heels. In conventional shoeing and remedial work, this amount of damaged tissue cannot be removed from the already compromised hoof as it is required to either bare weight for a barefoot horse or hold a nail in a shod horse.
The result of this preparation is that at the end of the FormaHoof shoeing cycle the horse’s hoof will be significantly better quality than before, given that it started in a very clean environment. Consequently, the 6-8 weeks of growth will be in the correct direction and not squished under the weight of the horse, as the hoof is no longer the interface with the ground. Subsequent FormaHoof preparations should not require as much hoof to be removed as the balance between damaged and health horn improves.
The reason for preparing the hoof wall with a Cody James Rasp is that it leaves a Velcro like surface on the hoof wall for the FormaHoof AP to attach to. The Rasp itself does not remove much hoof material, instead creating a very rough surface. This eliminates the need for strong chemical bonds as it is a mechanical bond and the shape that holds the FormaHoof application onto the foot.
As no two feet are ever the same, each foot should be trimmed according to the horse’s needs and careful consideration to balance should always be at the forefront of any trimming plan.
WD-40 Silicone spray removes the AP materials from the moulds and also from human skin and horsehair. However, other brands can provide the same effect.
To get the best results for your horse, we strongly recommend applications are only carried out by professional trained farriers or vets. The horse’s hooves need a regular trim before the FormaHoof application, which we highly recommend to be carried out by a suitably qualified person.
Yes, we have left the option open for anyone to buy FormaHoof products. Many of our clients have purchased their own Kit which stays with their horse, so the vet or farrier can come to apply FormaHoof to this particular horse.
We offer an online certification training program which provides all the necessary knowledge to get the best results from FormaHoof. Check out our Academy page for more info.
Our training has been designed to certify professionals to become experts in FormaHoof and gain additional information to complement their years of experience. However, anyone can participate in the training, as long as they have the prerequisite experience in equine podiatry. Some countries (such as the UK) carry their own restrictions on who can apply FormaHoof, so we encourage people to seek information from the relevant authorities.
Please visit the FormaHoof Academy for detailed information.
A horse’s hoof requires a constant moist environment, so it doesn’t become dehydrated and brittle and then crack and become prone to flaking off.
In nature, the horse’s foot captures a mud and dirt pack in its base, which helps to retain moisture in the hoof. As the frog is inside the mud pack, it can regulate moisture as it can sweat, which further regulates the moisture in the frog and sole.
Animal husbandry practices have dictated that we clean this out regularly, which is causing an epidemic of caudal hoof collapse. Without support the sole sinks, causing the soles to flatten and resulting in a negative PA. This is known as caudal failure. It is now far too common to see horses with open heel shoes and no sole support collapsing at the back of the foot.
What FormaHoof does is create a clean, moist, medicated environment that the hoof can stay naturally hydrated in. Consequently, the quality of sole that is laid down and grown is far superior, given that it has not been exposed to bacteria and constant moisture changes. Moisture is easily retained and the resulting hoof growth is of a better quality, with a solar arch that allows horses to successfully transition from FormaHoof to barefoot.
Thrush is caused by anaerobic bacteria and fungi which can invade and infect the living hoof. Customers are highly encouraged to combine FormaHoof applications with FormaHoof All Natural antibacterial spray, which eliminates any trace of bacteria present.
FormaHoof All Natural Anti-Bacterial spray is organic and nontoxic. Once the hoof is cleaned and prepared well and the application applied correctly, FormaHoof provides a clean, moisture controlled, medicated and puncture proof environment which prevents the growth of anaerobic bacteria and the development of thrush.
The FormaHoof application has a natural concave arch built into the solar plane of the mould. This means that the frog and back of the foot are able to offer support to the weight of the horse as it moves, so there is no constriction to the natural function of the hoof. In fact, FormaHoof enhances the natural, healthy function of the hoof by correcting any conformational faults or imbalances, thereby providing the hoof and limb with correct, functional support and protection.
FormaHoof is designed to move with the horse’s hoof, so you may see a crack appearing in the area of most movement of the hoof. FormaHoof allows the hoof to expand and contract naturally, depending on the horse’s needs and work load and this is generally a plastic fracture in the resin and not the mesh. The mesh stops any large bits of debris getting into the hoof and ensures that the whole application is held together for the duration of the shoeing cycle. If you find your FormaHoof cracking due to an excessive workload or hard, rough ground, do not worry, it will not affect the application and can be easily fixed.
The polyurethane used by FormaHoof is not a strong adhesive and it does not form a strong chemical bond to the hoof like other products do. FormaHoof sets in the shape of the hoof, being wider at the bottom, which ensures that it can’t just slide off the hoof and the application is easily held in place. FormaHoof could only fall off if the horse’s hoof has an inverted ‘Server Club Foot’ shape. In such a problem case, FormaHoof can be fixed with anchor points attached to the foot.
The FormaHoof application is firstly split at both toe quarters with a rasp and then the edge is levered down with a nipper, enabling it to be easily pulled off the hoof.
FormaHoof supports and mimics the natural barefoot function of a healthy hoof, while protecting it from sharp objects such as rocks, stones and hard surfaces such as compacted, uneven ground or tarmac roads. FormaHoof AP is flexible and yet durable, allowing it to absorb and spread the impact/force of sharp objects around the hoof, protecting the hoof from bruising and punctures. The durability of FormaHoof AP ensures that it will last for a full shoeing cycle. Indeed, we have had several endurance riders successfully complete 80km rides, covering extremely rocky terrain, on a FormaHoof application, with a shoe nailed on for wear.