Farrier Resources

Working together to build strong feet

Triple Crown knows that a healthy foot doesn’t happen on its own. Your care as a farrier ensures that horses can stay active, move without lameness or pain, and perform their best in competitions. Through regular maintenance and by providing expert guidance to horse owners, farriers play a critical role in maintaining the health of a horse’s foot.

To best support you and your clients, we have developed a comprehensive guide that details not only how to manage common conditions such as Laminitis and Leaky Gut Syndrome, but also how to prevent them through nutrition.

Ebook: Nutrition for foot health

Get access to our exclusive Farrier’s nutrition guide — packed with information to help feet thrive! Inside you’ll find guidance on proper nutrition, and recommendations for supporting common health conditions through diet.

The role of nutrition

In foot health

Foot and hoof quality is influenced by a variety of factors including genetics, activity and care. Nutritional factors that support growing healthy foot tissue include:

  • Corn free formulas
  • Fixed formulas — formulas list specific ingredients to ensure consistency, batch-to-batch
  • Low NSC options — balancers, complete feeds and forages
  • EquiMix® to support a healthy microbiome — yeast cultures, organic minerals, prebiotics, probiotics and enzymes

Support horses with common health issues through nutrition


Control soluble carbohydrate intake and provide additional calories from fat and digestible fiber sources. Limit pasture consumption during spring and fall seasons due to high levels of plant starches and sugars.

Recommended Triple Crown products:
Senior, Senior Gold, Senior Active+, Low Starch for harder keepers
Balancer, Lite for horses with excessive body condition/easy keepers
Safe Starch® Fortified Forage

Cushings/equine metabolic syndrome

Horses with Equine Cushings Disease (PPID) may be insulin resistant with elevated blood glucose and/or blood insulin levels. Feed a low soluble carbohydrate (starch + ESC) diet fortified with high levels of antioxidants (Vit E, C and organic selenium) to horses with Equine Metabolic Syndrome (EMS) to support immune system function. In severe cases where horses may have laminitic episodes, a dietary soluble carbohydrate level of 10% or less (hay & feed combined) is suggested.

Recommended Triple Crown products:
Low Starch
Senior Gold, Senior Active +, Senior for harder keepers
Balancer, Lite for easy keepers
Safe Starch® Fortified Forage

Insulin resistance

Insulin resistance (IR) is the failure of body tissues to respond as expected to the hormone insulin. Insulin is released after blood sugar (glucose) is high, such as after eating, to stimulate the uptake of glucose by tissues. IR occurs when the cells become less sensitive to insulin thereby limiting the uptake of glucose, thus limiting the availability of energy to cells. Daily exercise (approx. 30 minutes each day) will help with weight loss in conjunction with a review of the diet. Hay should be tested to determine nonstructural carbohydrate level. Hay can be soaked for 30 minutes to remove some of the sugar (drain water before feeding). Ration balancers are a good choice for easy keepers, providing the necessary nutrients without excess calories and soluble carbohydrates.

Recommended Triple Crown products:
Safe Starch® Fortified Forage
Timothy Balance® Cubes

Leaky gut syndrome

Leaky Gut Syndrome occurs when the lining of the gastrointestinal tract is compromised, allowing harmful pathogens or toxins to cross the intestinal barrier and be absorbed into the bloodstream. This ‘leak’ into the bloodstream will cause intestinal inflammation, resulting in various systemic problems. Stress is a major factor contributing to Leaky Gut (stress from environment, trailering, competition, changes in diet, etc.). Signs of Leaky Gut may include behavior changes, poor performance, weight loss, skin allergies, loose manure, colic, laminitis. Feed nutrients that support gut health—ButiPEARL promotes intestinal barrier health and CLOSTAT, a patented strain of Bacillus Subtilis, inhibits pathogen growth and restores the microbial balance.

Recommended Triple Crown products:
Any feed
Safe Starch® Fortified Forage
StressFree® Fortified Forage