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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

How can nutrition affect hoof health?

Q: How can nutrition affect hoof health?

A: Maintaining your horse's nutrition can help alleviate some hoof problems. Feeding good quality hay, supplementing vitamins and trace mineral, and making sure your horse has constant access to fresh, clean water is important for hoof health and overall horse health.

Poor nutrition can lead to future hoof problems, and correcting a horse's nutrition can gradually improve hoof health over time. Cooperation between horse owners, veterinarians, and equine nutritionists are needed to ensure proper horse nutrition.

Research has shown that horses with poor quality hooves can benefit from commercially available hoof care products that contain Biotin (20 mg/day), Iodine (1 mg/day), Methionine (2500 mg/day) and Zinc (175 to 250 mg/day).

By Mary Boyce, DVM, University of Minnesota

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