Hoof & Skin Health Balancer | Winter

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(59 customer reviews)
A 5kg pouch of Forageplus Hoof & Skin Health Winter Horse Feed Balancer.
Hoof & Skin Health Balancer | Winter £13.59£305.78 or subscribe and save 5%

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Key Features
  • For Superior Hoof & Skin Health.
  • Matched to grass, hay & haylage.
  • Optimal levels of key minerals.
  • Ultra-low iron formulation.
  • Free from fillers or additives.
  • Under 1% in sugar & starch.
  • 2,000iu of vitamin E per feed.
  • Formulated using our own analytical data.

Best suited for adult horses on winter pasture, or for those with restricted or limited grazing. Suitable for those in maintenance, light or moderate work.

Specially formulated using analytical data from the thousands of forage samples that we test.


Magnesium Oxide, Lysine, Salt, Monosodium Phosphate, Methionine, Bioplex Copper, Bioplex Zinc, Calcium Iodate, Selenium Yeast, Vitamin E, Biotin, Thiamine, Pyridoxine, Folic Acid, Micronised Linseed.

Feed Rates
  • 200 – 400kg – 75g per day
  • 400 – 600kg – 100g per day
  • 600 – 700kg – 125g per day
  • 700 – 800kg – 150g per day

A 50ml scoop contains approx. 48 grams.


For a 400 – 600kg horse – 50 days.

Delivery & Returns

Free UK mainland shipping on orders over £80*

  • 60-day returns on unopened items
  • Order yours before 11am for same-day dispatch*

This ultra-low iron, winter horse feed balancer has been formulated for superior hoof and skin health, using our own unique analytical data from the thousands of forage samples that we test.

It contains only the commonly deficient minerals, vitamins and amino acids found to be needed to help develop optimum hoof and skin health, matched to grass, hay and haylage.

Winter Balancers

horses in winter with snow

Our powdered balancers are under 1% in sugar and starch combined. Free from any fillers, additives, preservatives or bulking agents.

We only use the highest purity minerals and vitamins to produce the lowest iron formulation, minimising contamination from heavy metals and ensuring maximum absorption rates.

How to feed the balancer?

All Forageplus Balancers are best carried in a high-fibre, fast soak feed or chop of your choice.

We have a handy video here on how to best feed the balancer.

If your horse has plenty of fresh green grass available, then opting for the summer version of this balancer would be best.

A close up pot-shot of Forageplus Hoof & Skin Winter balancer.

“Brilliant product. Took my mare barefoot about a year ago and switched to this balancer. The change in her hooves has been incredible. Fantastic advice from Forage Plus and super speedy delivery service. Highly recommended.”

A. Morriss, Cheshire

horse in the winter snow

What are the benefits?

  • Healthy, structurally sound, crack and brittle-free, robust hooves.
  • A strong laminae connection.
  • Healthy frogs.
  • Healthy skin.
  • A vibrant, shiny coat colour without coat bleaching.
  • Robust tendons, ligaments and joints.
  • A strong immune system.
  • healthy muscles
  • A healthy nervous system.
  • Healthy lungs and breathing.
  • A well-functioning metabolic system.
  • Good fertility and bone health.
  • A healthy digestive system.
  • Strong liver function.

Nutritional Information

Oil 5.80%, Protein 17.35% and DE 6.70 MJ/kg

IngredientQuantity per 100g
Micronised Linseed21.17g
Magnesium (low-iron)12g
Phosphorous (low-iron monosodium phosphate)5g
Zinc (Bioplex)1200mg
Copper (Bioplex)400mg
Selenium (yeast)1mg
Iodine (calcium iodate)2mg
Vitamin E2000iu
Vitamin B1 (thiamine)100mg
Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine)100mg
Folic Acid20mg
  • A 50ml scoop contains approximately 48 grams.
  • Please be aware that the above analysis for 100 grams is equivalent to elemental values fed.
  • The volume feed rate (100 grams) is not the same as the elemental feed rate values (above). Therefore the above figures will not equal 100 grams.

Free from any prohibited substances as defined under Jockey Club and FEI rules.

Compare the ingredients of Forageplus Horse Feed Balancers

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

59 reviews for Hoof & Skin Health Balancer | Winter

  1. KarenB (verified owner)

    Excellent product, been using this for years. Great for good growth in the hoof and my horses skin and coat are gleaming! Alternate between winter and summer balancer.

  2. Debra Watts (verified owner)

    All of my horses feet have done so well this winter in spite of the awful wet, muddy conditions. My pony who was diagnosed PPID last year and had a poor coat, is now shedding normally with a lovely shiney coat.

  3. Briony Bunch (verified owner)

    Great balancer. All three horses are on it this winter and hooves and skin have been way way better than last winter when on a different product. Will stay on it till end of April, then those on grass will switch to the summer balancer. No problems with palatability.

  4. Wendy Sumner (verified owner)

    My new forest pony has been on this balancer for 2 weeks now and already seeing improvements in his coat/hair quality. Despite the odd smell he gobbles it up in his feed and it gives me such peace of mind knowing he is getting everything he needs. Will definitely be continuing use for the forseeable future!

  5. Natasha Leach (verified owner)

    I was recommended this balancer by a friend and, although I did look around, I found this to be the most well-balanced support for my herd of 4 barefoot horses and ponies who live out 24/7.
    Great hoof and skin health throughout the winter and they love it!

  6. Elizabeth Cousins (verified owner)

    My farrier has been asking what I’ve changed in my horse’s diet, as his normally poor hooves are in the best condition ever this winter.
    He is barefoot and used to grow no hoof wall in winter months.
    This is the 2nd winter that I’ve fed him Forage Plus Winter hoof balancer and also a large cup of linseed twice a day. This year I have also added the pea protein and think that has helped him grow some hoof wall this winter.
    He is also calmer and happier now.
    Really pleased with the excellent forage plus products.

  7. Michael (verified owner)

    Brilliant product, been using this for two years and seeing a very happy horse since recovering from laminitis.

  8. Emma Spencer (verified owner)

    In June my horse had ulcers, poorly feet and tightness in his back. With the help of a great saddler, farrier and vet we got to the bottom of all the issues and I decided to then overhaul his diet and remove any fillers, soya, molasses etc. I spoke to the wonderful customer service team at Forage Plus who recommend we use the Hoof and Skin Summer Balancer (we’ve now moved onto the winter balancer). The difference in his coat, hooves, temperament, skin and overall happiness is extraordinary. I’m so delighted and never thought a change in diet could make such a difference. Happy horse, happy me 🙂

  9. Jody Pilkington (verified owner)

    Hugo has been on this balancer for 2 months (and the summer version since February) . His hooves are in much better condition than last winter and he is well in himself.

  10. Debra Watts (verified owner)

    All three of my horses are looking good on this balancer. Big improvement to hooves, all barefoot, and their coats. My older mare’s coat looks amazing, she has PPID, but it’s still got shine for a winter coat. The fatties never refuse their feed, even though there seems to be more supplement than feed!

  11. Anne Thomas (verified owner)

    This is an amazing product, I have used this on our Cob for a month now and we have already noticed a difference in his hoofs and coat.

  12. Jayne Pasley (verified owner)

    My Cob gelding has been on this balance since suffering from hepatitis last year. It has no iron and high in Vitamin E. He looks great, his coat is lovely and shinny and his hooves have been the best they have ever been. Farrier is trimming loads off every 6 weeks, this never happened on other feeds. I would definitely recommend this balancer to everyone. I feed the winter balancer all year round due to the extra Vit E. I do believe this along with forage plus other liver supplements has help with his liver enzymes returning within normal limits.

  13. Philippa Docherty (verified owner)

    Very palatable for my horses and their hooves have improved already after about 2 months i don’t need to apply so much hoof moist in summer and their hooves seem stronger too, great product for us

  14. Beth Stanway (verified owner)

    Switch my daughters barefoot pony onto this balancer in the winter. He doesn’t need any extra calories so this is the perfect way to deliver what he needs with a small feed. He looks great, feet are perfect and he’s happy to eat it despite being pretty fussy for a greedy pony! Excellent customer service too.

  15. Alison Starck (verified owner)

    My Barefoot Trimmer recommended this product as I had just taken my Thoroughbred barefoot. A year later we have strong, straighter hooves with heels. Since starting this product, his hooves have started growing quickly and strong and his coat is amazing too. It is very palatable even for fussy eaters.

  16. Sally Cataroche (verified owner)

    I thought I would lose my depressed and horribly underweight 30 yr old mini Shetland last winter but with the fantastic products and second to none advice given by this company he has really picked up brilliantly. With having PPID for 12 years and being an increasingly fussy eater due to the meds, also having IBD, persistent rainscald, poor teeth, plus ERU with terrible eyesight to contend with, it’s lovely to see he’s now a good weight and his coat after being on this balancer just since the beginning of March looks so much better already. He’s a far more relaxed and comfortable pony again. Sarah explained how his previous mash feeds weren’t giving him the nutrition he needed and along with the Pea Protein, Linseed and APF he now has quality of life. I am so happy and grateful to see him looking well again.

  17. Joanne Case (verified owner)

    I changed to hoof and skin winter balancer following a second ems attack. Due to the medication my boy was very poor and his coat was awful. I’m 6 months in now and wow what a difference, he is maintaining a healthy weight and doing really well

  18. allybarber (verified owner)

    I tried several balancers before speaking to forage plus, this balancer, winter hoof and skin, definitely works. Fed alongside the pea protein and micronised linseed, I have a horse who looks fantastic, with a great bloom to her coat. Thank you forage plus.

  19. srmcnally98 (verified owner)

    Love this balancer. My mare has been on this for the majority of 2 years now (minus when she was in her last trimester of pregnancy and changed to the working young horse balancer). She’s always been in excellent condition, very shiny and healthy. It isn’t often you see a shine on white but I absolutely can when feeding this!

  20. Kara McKee (verified owner)

    I would not be without this product. My horse is on hoof & skin balancer year round. The winter version was particularly useful for the added vitamin E content as this year she has been in foal. I notice a visible difference in my horses coat when she does not have this supplemented in her diet, within 2 weeks of her not having it. It is not something I would take out of her diet ever again!

  21. Keira Mosley (verified owner)

    Really good sorted my horses skin problems right out 🙂

  22. allybarber (verified owner)

    I have tried various diets and diets for my mare, all with a small degree of success, but this balancer has hit the spot. My mare looks so much better on this balancer and other items suggested by forage plus. Her coat looks good and her hooves are so good, has really improved her white line. Thank you so much.

  23. Elizabeth Florey (verified owner)

    I’ve used the hoof and skin winter balancer for 2 years now. I have a barefoot horse, his hooves have been sound all through the wet and muddy conditions. I move onto the summer version for the summer months.
    Very pleased with the product and with the helpful feeding advice from Forageplus. I highly recommend.

  24. Katie Adamson (verified owner)

    Great product, seen a huge improvement in the quality of my horses hooves. They’re both transitioning to barefoot now and it wouldn’t have been possible without forage plus!

  25. Tricia Callow (verified owner)

    Our light-exercise and retired equines don’t need any other additives or cereals or mixes – just Hoof & Skin Health Balancer and forage. Summer and Winter, they are healthy, happy, have good feet and plenty of energy.

  26. linziloo (verified owner)

    Brilliant product. Recently changed my 2 elderly cobs onto this. Very noticeable change in their whole appearance and also in their feet . Also helped with weight maintenance in my mare and also helped with weight loss in my gelding without taking away anything they need 🙂 Fantastic advice from Forage Plus and super speedy delivery service. Highly recommended.

  27. K8large (verified owner)

    Noticed my daughter’s pony was not overweight but started getting bulgy shoulders.a week on these minerals and he’s has lost the buldge.he also has slow growing feet so will let u know how to that goes. See if the farrier notices a difference. Thank you

  28. Beth Stanway (verified owner)

    Needed a balancer for my daughters pony. We have to watch his weight but he’s also in full work and barefoot so I wanted to make sure he was getting all the vitamins and minerals he needs. He is looking fabulous with a lovely shine on his coat and perfect feet. Relieved to know he is getting the best care without having to use calorific balancers or dealing with several supplements.

  29. Angela Playle (verified owner)

    Excellent. My horses have taken to it really well 😊

  30. Mark (verified owner)

    Very helpful customer service and advice, balancer arrived very quickly, brilliant service.

  31. JULIE ELAINE BLESSETT (verified owner)

    I own a cob and she suffers from summer allergies, after speaking to Forageplus they advised that the current balancer she was on was lacking in zinc and copper which she needed to help fight these allergies. I have been using the Winter balancer along with Micronised Linseed and Spirulina for a month and a half and I have noticed a big difference. She is no longer anywhere near as itchy and her hayfever is so much better too. She is looking so healthy and bright. I highly recommend this product.

  32. L Flitcroft (verified owner)

    My mare has been on the winter skin and hoof balancer for the past 5 months and I have just ordered the next 5 months worth even though it is summer. She suffers badly during the winter and summer but whilst she’s been on this balancer, she’s been nowhere near as bad. I’m sure this has helped support her immune system and skin.

  33. JULIE ELAINE BLESSETT (verified owner)

    I contacted Forage plus regarding my horse’s diet, I wanted to see if any help could be given to help her.
    I changed my balancer (as mine was lacking in Copper and Zinc) to the Forageplus Winter Hoof and skin balancer, Spirulina and Micronised Linseed. After having been on these for nearly a month now
    I have noticed a big improvement and she looks in tip-top condition, so shiny. I cannot thank Forage Plus enough for their help.

  34. Rebecca Jones

    I used this with my horse for the first time over the winter and into spring and what a huge difference I found. Highly recommend it for a winter balancer.

  35. Karen Smith

    Following a ForagePlus feed plan as my horses weren’t quite right. Hoofs have changed dramatically for the better over the 2 year period as we optimise and re evaluate. Hoof and skin as we try to reduce scurf. My horses find most of the supplements palatable too.

  36. Susan Watta (verified owner)

    Seen a marked improvement in my boy since swapping to this post laminitis. His hoofs have definitely improved and his coat was dreadful before and that too has improved immensely. Really glad I made the email enquiry and took their (FP) advice!

  37. Pam

    Excellent product. Easy and fast to feed. No standing around for hours waiting for huge feeds to be eaten. It kept my horses in full fettle and gleaming all winter.

  38. Heather Warburton

    Complete confidence In Forage Plus Supplements, my horses look fabulous, After years of feeding the Balancer, I had an Forage Analysis done and now have tailor made supplementation and diet plan, I have to say it is saving me so much wastage and over feeding.

  39. Philippa Bedingfield (verified owner)

    Great product! I have been using this for more than 3 years with great results. I have taken 2 OTTBs and an older Welshie, who’d been shod all his life, barefoot. They all have super strong feet and hack for 10-20 miles each week on roads and tracks – the difference in hoof growth can be clearly seen after a couple of months of starting this product. Beautiful shiny coats are a bonus.
    Ordering and delivery easy and quick,
    Thank you.

  40. Beth Stanway (verified owner)

    Pony on this linseed and just a small amount of grass nuts. He looks great and has just the right amount of energy. Brilliant to be able to keep him super healthy and sane at the same time.

  41. Carrie Place (verified owner)

    I am feeding this to my Cob Pony after trying many different methods to help his skin. In summer it’s midges & sweet itch. Winter, he has normally had rain scald. But this year he has been without it for the first time. Along with feeding a balanced diet from having my hay balanced. Really happy with the support given & so is my pony

  42. Donna Skitmore (verified owner)

    On the recommendation of my trimmer, I swapped both my Welsh section a ponies onto this product. One of my ponies has always struggled with soft soles and very flat slopping feet. After 6 weeks I can’t believe the difference! she is noticeably happier to stride forward on most grounds and you can already see the new hoof growth which is following a much better angle. Can’t wait to see how this product continues to improve my ponies feet.

  43. victoria ashby (verified owner)

    After trying other balancers and struggling, once pony had sadly been diagnosed with ems i needed to know he was getting all he needed due to no grass! forage plus guided me completely and pony has never refused it! it’s so vital that he actually eats it, his coat is rich, hoof quality is improving and most importantly he is losing weight. Ems is such a stressful condition so to have the peace of mind that he’s getting everything he needs after a complete lifestyle change is just priceless and incredibly comforting

  44. Sarahjane Ford (verified owner)

    I have been using this product for six months now across a few different horses and they have all thrived on it – coats looking fabulous, feet strong and healthy through some major weather changes.

  45. Lyndsi (verified owner)

    I purchased this and started feeding straight away about 4 weeks ago after coming to the conclusion that my horse maybe has a copper/zinc deficiency. Someone had recommended Farriers Formula but the spec doesn’t compare and I knew I had to pull in some bigger guns. In about 6 months he had barely grown any hoof and my farrier had commented a few times that his feet weren’t particularly strong like they used to be. He also didn’t shed out his entire winter coat (he still had what I call spring fuzz) and it was June! His mane and tail also looked very flat, frizzy, and dry, and had a few other peculiar things going on. After feeding this, I started seeing minor changes at week 2.5 when I noticed that my boy suddenly had pigmentation back around his lips and last week my yard owner said he thought my boy’s coat was looking both darker and brighter. I’ve also noticed he has been shedding out suddenly which he shouldn’t be doing at summer solstice but to me is a sign that this is working as I too, have noticed that he is starting to show his usual deep, dark liver Chestnut summer coat (in splotches but something is better than nothing). Not sure if related but my farrier took off quite a bit of foot growth the other day as well which he hasn’t been able to do since the fall of last year (I keep him on a 5/6 week cycle and 6 weeks ago we had zero growth meanwhile not much has really changed in terms of feed/forage). I was previously feeding him just the vit e oil (natural) from FP and although this contains some vit e, will be introducing at a much higher dose as he is an EPM horse so and did fantastically well on it over the winter (even my vet could not believe the change in him with just the vit e so I hope that combined, this will give him what he needs).

  46. Charlotte Thomas (verified owner)

    Really pleased to have found a barefoot friendly balancer that my horse finds palatable. I’ve spent a fortune on balancers that sound ideal for him, but he would not eat them. A week in on Forageplus Hoof and Skin Health Winter Balancer and he’s wolfing down each meal with the added treat of the Timothy Hay Pellets.
    One happy owner and horse.. Thank you!

  47. Damelza Storbeck (verified owner)

    I’m loving this product! It was recommended to me by my barefoot trimmer and having had her recommendation and then read the reviews here for it to I made my first purchase with a degree of confidence. I’m on my third order of it and already in that space of time my horses look amazing, their coats gleam with health (despite the moulting!) and their hooves are stronger and healthier than before. Thrilled that my financial investment is proving to be a sound one reaping dividends in terms of the health and well-being of my horses.

  48. Amanda Morriss (verified owner)

    Brilliant product. Took my mare barefoot about a year ago and switched to this balancer. The change in her hooves has been incredible. Fantastic advice from Forage Plus and super speedy delivery service. Highly recommended.

  49. Tina Binnås (verified owner)

    The best, most balanced minerals I’ve found that complements our forage the best, has made a big difference in my ottb’s hooves and coat

  50. Ciaramunn (verified owner)

    Fantastic product that I would be lost without. It is a must for the wet winter months. Not only is there a huge difference in my horses hooves, his skin and coat have been shining all winter.

  51. Tricia Callow (verified owner)

    My horse had never had good feet – brittle, breaking and always losing shoes. He’d been on other additives for hooves for most of his life. I replaced these AND another general additive with Hoof and Skin Health Winter Balancer and geronimo! within a couple of months, even my farrier (professional, cautious, pessimistic) had to admit that there was a remarkable improvement in his feet. He also needs smaller amounts of expensive feed and is full of energy mostly on hay, un-molassed chaff and a little sugarbeet. See also my review of Hoof and Skin Health Summer Balancer which I swap to when he is out on grass for half the day.

  52. Nikkiandcassie30 (verified owner)

    My horse literally glows on forage plus!
    She has the summer balancer in summer and the easy pack meadow hay!
    I’m so pleased with her health!

  53. kezshad (verified owner)

    My cob mare has been on this for a while now. She is clipped year round and was very scurfy all the time. This year, I’ve not noticed any scurfy and I can only put that down to the forageplus balancer. Her feet are great and she has a wonderful shiny black coat too.

  54. GreyConnie (verified owner)

    Before the hoof and skin balancers my pony’s hooves regularly disintegrated and his shoes fell off! Since he went barefoot and we have been using these balancers his hoof quality is so much better. Even his farrier is impressed – and says so!

  55. kezshad (verified owner)

    My cob mare has been on this for a while now. She is clipped year round and was very scurfy all the time. This year, I’ve not noticed any scurfy and I can only put that down to the forageplus balancer. Her feet are great and she has a wonderful shiny black coat too.

  56. Lachlan Phillips (verified owner)

    Was recommended this product via an equine nutritionist to help my horse.
    I am really happy with this balancer, the fact that no trigger ingredients are inside, and my horses condition rapidly improved after starting it.

  57. Juliabrant (verified owner)

    Really cost effective, with great results. Coat colour became richer and more depth of tone, hoof growth tightened up after introducing this product several years ago. Positive results seen on all 3 of my horses when put on this product.

  58. Ms Jo Smith (verified owner)

    My horse, Harris, has always had feet which were on the poor side of OK – not terrible, but he didn’t produce good , strong growth and often lost shoes. I had always fed a broad spectrum multi vitamin and never used a hoof-specific product.
    In January 2020 he had surgery to remove a hoof keratoma, which left him with a circular hole approx 4cm diameter in his hoof wall. I needed a product which would encourage fast, strong hoof growth and Forage Plus was suggested.
    Six months on and Harris is growing hoof faster and stronger than ever. My farrier has been amazed at the improvement and the hole in his hoof is now only about 1cm from being completely grown out.
    I’m confident his recovery time would not have been as quick without the balancer.

  59. joannna.seward (verified owner)

    Can’t wait to start this. My horse has just gone barefoot as she’s always losing shoes. She’s on plain biotin now. I’ll see the difference soon I hope!

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