Hoof and Skin Health Winter Balancer

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This ultra low iron, equine balancer has been formulated for superior hoof and skin health using data obtained from scientific analysis of our many samples of forage. It contains only the commonly deficient minerals, vitamins and amino acids found to be needed to help develop optimum hoof and skin health.

In addition we have formulated our product so that it is the ultimate balancer covering all your horse’s other needs as long as he/she is on a forage based diet and in maintenance, light or moderate work.

All Forageplus Balancers are powders, are very low in sugar and starch, contain no fillers and only the highest purity minerals and vitamins. The minerals used are of a high quality to ensure against contamination with heavy metals and enable good absorption rates.

Forageplus Balancers can be carried in a high fibre, fast soak feed or chop of your choice. If your horse is on a reduced grass or hay/haylage only diet then Forageplus Winter Hoof & Skin Health Balancer is perfect as it contains high levels of vitamin E to maintain anti-oxidant processes in the body.

Forageplus recommends the feeding of additional micronised linseed throughout the winter months or if a horse is on a predominantly hay/haylage diet. This will ensure good levels of the essential fat omega 3 to maintain and support excellent health.

Forageplus Winter Hoof & Skin Health Equine Balancer matches nutrients to the forage consumed by a horse. Supplying correct levels of nutrients in forage, as matched to ratios determined by the National Research Council, is an important consideration when maintaining and supporting:

Can’t believe this product, the minerals, protein and vitamins in this product are top notch and have resulted in amazing changes to my horse’s hooves, stronger great looking white line, a new angle, strong frogs and hoof wall.  Best of all the itching my horse had which I just thought I had to deal with has gone, WOW thanks Forageplus for your forage focused approach, it makes such sense RESULT! V.A. Bennett Derbyshire

healthy structurally sound, crack and brittle free, robust hooves with a strong laminae connection
healthy frogs
healthy skin
vibrant, shiny coat colour
robust tendons, ligaments and joints
a strong immune system
healthy muscles
healthy nerves
healthy lungs and breathing
a well functioning metabolic system
good fertility and bone
a healthy digestive system
strong liver function
healthy joints
good growth in young horses

This product is particularly useful for those unable to take forage samples for analysis or those wishing to add further products from a base which contains no iron or manganese but good levels of copper, zinc and magnesium.


The minerals used are of a good quality to ensure against contamination with heavy metals and enable good absorption rates. We use a particularly low form of magnesium oxide in our balancers, please read here  for info on our ultra low formulation.

Oil 5.80%, Protein 17.35% and DE 6.70 MJ/kg (Please note these are in Kg amounts)

Each 100 grams contains:
13 grams of micronised linseed
12 grams magnesium (magnesium oxide)
10 grams lysine
5 grams salt
5 grams phosphorous (mono-sodium.phosphate)
3 grams methinonine
1200 mg zinc (bioplex)
400 mg copper (bioplex)
1 mg selenium (yeast)
2mg iodine (calcium iodate)
2000 iu vitamin E oil
30 mg biotin
100 mg vitamin B1 thiamine
100 mg vitamin B6 pyridoxine
20 mg folic acid



When should I feed this balancer?

Feed this balancer to horses,in winter, from October to April. Horses which do not have adequate access to green and growing pasture should be fed this version all year round to ensure adequate levels of vitamin E are maintained. We advise feeding micronised linseed with this balancer to provide essential omega three fat. Please contact us for more details if you are unsure of levels to be fed.

Which horses suit this balancer?

Horses on winter grazing or a restricted grass diet which specifically need optimum support for strong hooves. The addition of the B vitamins will provide additional nutritional support particularly if your horse has itchy skin. High levels of biotin will provide nutritional support for various hoof problems. Horses at maintenance or working at light to moderate level will do very well on this balancer. If your horse is working at moderate to heavy work loads then choose our Performance Balancer.

Please contact us if you have other questions.

Feeding rates:

200 – 400 kg horse 75 grams per day

400 – 600 kg horse 100 grams per day

600 – 700 kg horse 125 grams per day

700 – 800 kg horse 150 grams per day

4.91 out of 5

33 reviews for Hoof and Skin Health Winter Balancer

  1. 5 out of 5

    Rating by bsfrost on August 21, 2013 :

    Fantastic product! Can hardly believe the improvement in my horses feet. Both have strong and healthy hooves and are rock-crunching cheerfully over all terrain. The older girl, who was shod for over ten years, now no longer needs her hoof boots at all. Super stuff!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Rating by Barbs on August 21, 2013 :

    I decided to try Hoof Health Winter balancer to improve my 20 year old Anglo Arab’s nutritional status whilst he was on 8 weeks box rest following his first (and hopefully last) laminitis attack following diagnosis of Cushings Disease.

    During his box rest he was on a weight loss diet of soaked hay, chopped oat straw and two tiny meals of Speedibeet to carry a generic supplement. He lost 55kg but started to look quite poor. Then I found the Forageplus website. After looking through the products I ordered some Hoof Health Winter Balancer as, together with micronised linseed, it seemed to cover all George’s nutritional needs.

    I am so glad I did. He has been on the balancer now for almost 8 weeks. The new growth from his coronary bands is nice and tight and smooth. He is bright and chirpy and, additionally, the balancer seems to have supported his skin health whilst he was recovering from a recurring dermatitis problem.

    I did have trouble getting him to eat it at first. I introduced it gradually over a week, mixing it well with his Speedibeet. He was very suspicious from the start but did eat it until I got to about 60g of his target of 100g dose, divided into two meals. He wouldn’t go beyond that so I mixed in a couple of crushed extra strong mints, as Sarah suggested. He still wouldn’t eat it. I tried this for three days then added a handful of Simple System alfalfa stalks. He managed to eat the stalks and leave the rest! I tried a handful of Dengie unmolassed alfalfa, which the horse next door gets. Same effect. The nearest stockist of Allen & Page Fast Fibre is some distance away but I thought I should try that. I got a sack and mixed up the half the full amount of his supplement and linseed and Mag Ox with 200g of the Fast Fibre. Bingo! He ate the lot and asked for more. Fast Fibre is amazing stuff. It really does soak to a mash in a minute.

    I wish I had found the Forageplus website earlier. This Hoof Health Winter balancer has helped support my horse’s hooves already, I can’t wait to see the whole new hoof. At the rate he is growing them it certainly won’t take the usual 9-12 months. On Sarah’s advice I am now giving George 10g of lysine powder to help him utilise the protein in his diet more effectively. My next step is forage analysis. Thank you for such an excellent website and such helpful advice Sarah.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Rating by Jo_1280 on August 23, 2013 :

    I bought my TB this time last year and he had underun, contracted heels, long toes and poor quality horn. I took him barefoot and he coped ok until winter, we had soft tissue damage in one foot and he was so careful on any hard ground, walked toe first and just struggled unless in the field.

    I started him on the hoof supplement in January and within a short space of time the angles on his hooves were starting to change, as well as the horn quality, it took about 2 months of gradual road work in hand but he began to walk heel first and cope with most ground.

    We still have about 3 months of un-mineralized hoof to grow out but the difference is amazing, his hinds which were bull nozed are normal, his heels are getting stronger, overall the angles are returning to normal and he hacks out on all ground with little bother. He’s still careful on stony ground but I imagine in 3 months will be rock crunching.

    Massive thanks to Forageplus, this really is a great product, I’ve even started my other horse on it now, she is already a rock cruncher but I’ve seen what minerals can do and I don’t want her to miss out!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Rating by Johanna on August 29, 2013 :

    Excellent product. I now have all my 5 horses on this; they are all barefoot good doers on limited grazing and hay-based diet all year round. Since feeding ForagePlus balancer, all have stronger healthier feet and are looking great all over. No more feeding multiple supplements, just ForagePlus with micronised linseed and YeaSacc mixed to a handful of hay chaff – easy simple feeding!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Rating by juliedoorne on August 29, 2013 :

    I first started using Forageplus Winter Hoof Balancer on the advice of my barefoot trimmer. The difference to my horses hooves is amazing. You can actually see the line half way up (6 months growth) where his feet start looking harder and tighter somehow. His coat is gleaming and he looks the picture of health. He has his Forageplus in a small amount of Fast Fibre and has ad lib hay. I am delighted and will continue to use the minerals as they so obviously do him good.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Rating by uschweder on August 30, 2013 :

    I’ve previously tried mixing various supplements but never got the mineral balance right, especially for magnesium, copper and zinc. This mix has everything my TB needs so in the end it’s cheaper in the long run and more effective. He has good strong barefoot hooves and a very shiny coat. Needless to say I’m very happy with this product and will continue using it all year round. Highly recommended.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Rating by SallyBarney on September 2, 2013 :

    My horse has been barefoot for many years, competing at low level endurance and trec without a hitch. However after spending a summer on box rest, followed by last winter’s cold and wet weather, we have struggled to get her as comfortable on stony ground. Despite outwardly good feet, she was clearly unhappy to walk over stony areas or rough ground, and showed virtually no growth.

    On the recommendation of my trimmer I investigated Forageplus and chose Winter Hoof Balancer as we have very limited grass. I also took the advice on the website and changed her diet from a well-known balancer, alfalfa and unmolassed sugarbeet to FastFibre, a handful of hay chop, linseed and the minerals. I had no difficulty persuading her to eat up, although I did introduce the minerals over a week.

    That was just one month ago and I can’t quite believe that I am already seeing positive results – with my horse obviously more comfortable on her feet. Based on that, I’m planning on continuing to feed the minerals for the foreseeable future – and look forward to seeing her progress in the coming months.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Rating by welshdalesfell on September 16, 2013 :

    We have only been using this product just 6wks but can see a difference already, my lads feet show good growth & he’s mane is thickening well. We have only been barefoot 7weeks and tried this on recommendation from our new trimmer, I’m very pleased so far with this product.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Rating by sara.eblet on October 3, 2013 :

    I can’t recommend ForagePlus and the Winter Hoof Balancer enough. My mare had been barefoot for a couple of years on a well known hoof supplement, but she never quite grew the healthy hooves we were expecting and she was still uncomfortable on certain surfaces. I made the change to Winter Balancer (and later the Winter Hoof Balancer when that became available) at the end of last year to support healthy sole growth as xrays showed my mare had paper thin soles. Sarah was also invaluable to me and since we made the change there has been no looking back, the change in her feet has been visable in their appearance and her performance. I wish I had known about these products earlier so I now spread the word as much as I can.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Rating by Marina MacKenzie on October 28, 2013 :

    I’ve been using the Hoof Health balancer for my mare and have been so pleased with the results that I’ve started feeding it to my gelding too. Although some horses may find it unpalatable mine both started taking it with no difficulty (I introduced it over a few days). They get it mixed into A&P Fast Fibre and lick their buckets clean. I can see tighter hoof growth in the time that I’ve been using this balancer and am looking forward to seeing the whole new hoof capsule after a few months. It’s a bit pricey but I no longer need to buy additional calmers. Overall I’d say Hoof Health Balancer is a great product and I’d highly recommend it.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Rating by saz5083 on January 24, 2014 :

    My 3 year old tb x has constantly required support to maintain healthy frogs free from thrush. Despite what appeared to be a good diet and applying topical remedies we just couldnt get a handle on it. After much research I started him on the winter hoof health balancer 6 weeks ago and the change in his feet is nothing short of amazing! He always had nice feet but his new growth is even tighter and the concavity of his soles has increased, and we finally have cleared up his smelly frogs!
    I have been so impressed by this product I have started moving my other horse on to it. He has quite flat soles and struggled barefoot before (so much so we put shoes back on last summer) but if it works as well for him as it has for the youngster I think we may be onto a winner and will be trying him without shoes again as his feet improve. I would highly recommend this product to anyone, we certainly won’t be changing!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Rating by Helen Hogben on September 30, 2014 :

    My 13 yr old thoroughbred has for the past 4 years virtually been out of work due to poor feet. He has been barefoot for 3.5 yrs but improvement slow, then this year was told about forageplus and within 3 months improvement is obvious, good horn and tenderness going. I feed methionine and winter minerals, which he takes readily and I can only assume because he needs the minerals as usually he is very fussy about additives. Thank u forage plus at last something is working.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Rating by J Johnston on October 14, 2014 :

    I have been feeding my new horse the Winter Hoof Health Balancer, linseed and L-glutamine since September. He is looking amazing (and he’s an ex-racehorse), he is a super weight and is putting on muscle really well. Perhaps the most impressive of all is the fact a scar on his chest, which had a lot of hair missing around it and he has had for ages, is now next to non-existent as the hair has grown back around it. I love feeding it knowing my horse is getting everything he needs, especially going into a nasty winter. His skin on his heals is now healthy too in conjunction with topical creams.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Rating by Danielle on October 29, 2014 :

    Thank you so much to Terry Maden for recommending Forageplus Hoof Health. My horses hooves are doing fab. Thanks Forageplus because now he is barefoot and getting better and better since feeding the Hoof Health.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Rating by Rachel.Barker on January 5, 2015 :

    I have been feeding my Haflinger forageplus for a year now and her feet have gone from crumbling away to good quality hooves, farrier really pleased with them. After ripping her shoes off so many times she had hardly any hooves left and had to be unshod for 9 months. After being on the FP she is now keeping shoes on and her hooves look great. Frogs also so much better than last year when they nearly disappeared completely. I just feed with no molasses chop and with linseed in Winter. Couldn’t recommend enough!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Rating by Tabitha142@hotmail.com on January 17, 2015 :

    I started using the Winter Hoof and Skin Balancer and an additional amino acid after a very helpful chat with Sarah. My horse had very poor frog quality since moving to a new area, despite a rigorous routine of wire brushing, scrubbing, soaking, and a shelf of very good products they still looked poor if I didn’t keep up with cleaning and soaking the feet pretty much every day. My big boy has also always had a sensitivity to stones and is particularly footy in the wet.

    Within a miraculous two weeks the FP products had had a dramatically positive impact on the frogs, I no longer had to do their feet every day. Another two weeks on and I only do his feet occasionally, just to help any little pockets if they are there, these are few and rare thoough now.

    Tacking my boy up I found his boots just too tight, I am wary of riding him without them on surfaces that could have stones, as he is very sensitive, think princess and the pea… However he was already tacked up so I thought I would just see. We had a short hack with him striding out confidently over uneven road surfaces with those horrible little stones I would usually avoid. To say I was thrilled doesn’t even come close! we haven’t been able to do this for a long time. I have been recommending this company to anyone and everyone!! The difference is enormous and I now feel confident building up a barefoot ridden conditioning programme. Thanks so much!!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Rating by tiana on February 13, 2015 :

    My Barefoot trimmer recommended Forage Plus back in November as my pony had poor quality white lines in 3 of his feet. His feet had gone very sensitive to stones/gravel etc due to him being very poorly for several months with IMHA, an auto immune disease.
    On Sarah’s advice, I bought Hoof and Skin Health Winter balancer (mixed with micronised linseed and a small amount of Fast fibre + some Protexin to help his gut stay healthy after his bad year!) and his feet have really improved. He is now happy walking on most surfaces and I am sure it will keep improving with time.
    The white line issue has nearly grown out of all 3 feet.
    Happy pony and happy owner! 
    Thanks Sarah for being so helpful and taking the time to reply to my emails before my 1st order as well as after regarding diet.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Rating by pippic on March 13, 2015 :

    My barefoot arab’s trimmer recommended that I swap my old balancer for this Forageplus one. We’ve both been delighted with the quality of the new growth over the past three months. His white line and frogs are looking increasingly healthy despite the wet weather. He’s also hacking out comfortably over all surfaces and at all speeds without boots for the first time in two years. Very pleased!!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Rating by julie.millarrobinson on March 26, 2015 :

    Honestly amazed at the changes to my horse since I started with this (and other minerals). My horse is a different person and his feet & coat look amazing, even though he is a yak in his winter fuzz at the moment! Can’t wait to see the ongoing changes! Thank-you.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Rating by kathycarter on March 30, 2015 :

    I have been using Forage Plus’s Hoof and Skin Health Winter supplement for around eighteen months now, having been using ‘straight’ minerals previously. As soon as I got the dosage right – as I think I was under-dosing my big draught-cross horse, initially – the difference was clear to see, notably in his feet, which became stronger and looked healthier. Although there are cheaper supplements out there, I don’t mind paying for Forage Plus’s products, as I feel that I am paying for their mixology expertise and their nutritional knowledge. It’s quite straightforward in that you get what you pay for, which in this case is a high-spec supplement at good nutritional levels, without fillers, that optimises equine health and maximises the chances of a positive barefoot hoofcare regime, in my case. I do feel that their customer service is excellent – my products are delivered efficiently and on time, and Sarah has replied to me offering advice on the results of my forage analysis, and how my FP supplement fits in with my forage analysis results, on several occasions, which is very kind. All in all, a really good product range from a reliable company!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Rating by Carolyn Cohen on May 12, 2016 :

    Amazing results from Forageplus Winter hoof & Skin, used since Oct. 2015 on farrier recommendation, WOW what a difference April 2016 moving onto summer balancer. Our Show Connemara’s feet look fab now, were previously crumbly around edges/nail holes & a bit ridgey. Can highly recommend this product. We also use the Micronised Linseed & have recent advise from Sarah about contiued use of this & other general feed to build up a little more condition due to late arrival of our Spring grass. Thank you very much. 5*

  22. 5 out of 5

    Rating by beccaandbully@aol.com on August 2, 2016 :

    Fantastic product ..I was advised to try on my 5yr old mare who we keep a close eye on when she’s on grass due to being a very good doer. Her hoof quality is greatly improved she’s looking and feeling amazing having been in work 5 months I believe this product has made a massive impact on her health and wellbeing and she’s absolutely thriving. I’ve also put my 23yr old and our other showjumping pony on this and both are looking fantastic and have coats like glass and noticeable improvement by farrier on the hooves!
    Thank you forageplus for the fabulous products x

  23. 5 out of 5

    Rating by c.blackburn@ed.ac.uk on February 23, 2017 :

    I’ve been using this balancer for just over a year now, having been recommended to start using it by my farrier. Over this time, I’ve seen a huge improvement in my horse’s hooves, including a very marked improvement in one of them who previously had very poor feet. Very highly recommended.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Rating by bam on February 24, 2017 :

    I came across Forageplus via the barefoot horse owners group on Facebook. I had taken on a 19 year old TB with poor feet , several vertical cracks in his front hooves and after a winter of hoof problems I knew I had to improve hoof condition. I added Forageplus to his diet and the cracks grew out. He only has one now which is due to an old injury. His last 2 winters he has been sound and hoof problem/abscess free due to the support of the balancer. I was so pleased with the results for Bam I added it my 2 cobs diet as well, I had no trouble with them eating it and even my sheep like to nick a bit of horse feed given the opportunity so it must be pretty palatable.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Rating by pjanebyrne@btinternet.com on February 24, 2017 :

    Wonderful product! My farrier loves the effect it has on my mare’s hooves. Also helps with her ultra sensitive skin. The best product I have come across for the care of my horse!!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Rating by Sheila on April 11, 2017 :

    I would not use anything else for my pony, I have been using this for over a year now and my mare has developed rock crunching hooves after being shod all her life now aged 25 and is full of energy.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Rating by janice.cornbloom@gmail.com on April 11, 2017 :

    I have used this balancer since 2015 when my horse had a prolonged period of box rest due to a suspensory injury. I received very helpful advice from Forageplus and have continued to use the product along with Micronised Linseed. My horse continues to look better and better with this combination.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Rating by annaharl on April 12, 2017 :

    I used to mix my own minerals, feet were good but we still struggled with skin troubles on the heels – this balancer has completely cleared up any trace of problems in my sensitive grey mare. Very impressed!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Rating by Ruthbunker on July 11, 2017 :

    I had my EMS mare on this product since early this year and can say I have seen a marked difference in her overall well-being, hoof growth and in general she seems much happier and content. I would highly recommend.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Rating by Claregrant83 on July 11, 2017 :

    I can honestly say that feeding Forageplus Hoof and Skin Health Winter has made the world of difference to my ISH geldings hoof quality and shape. I have been feeding it for 6 months now and you can see the difference in his hoof between pre- and post-Forageplus. The hoof that is growing down now is tight and his sole quality is much harder thanks to feeding Forageplus.

  31. 5 out of 5

    Rating by Camilla Nyberg-Selander on July 12, 2017 :

    Great stuff and such a good way to get basically everything extra my horses need in just one bag. Great results on their hooves and coats.

  32. 5 out of 5

    Rating by Jasminegerrell on October 20, 2017 :

    Great product!
    Fantastic results.

  33. 5 out of 5

    Rating by Sheila on October 30, 2017 :

    Great product my pony can now walk over any terrain without boots

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