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Best Hoof Supplements for Horses

Best Hoof Supplements for Horses
15 March 2016 | Sabrina Barnwell MVB MRCVS

 

Hoof health can be affected by several different factors. Genetic influences, breed, weight, diseases, exercise, ground conditions and weather can all have negative influences on the horse’s feet.

Wet conditions this winter may push “normal” horses into the abyss of cracked feet. Cracked and brittle hooves are the stuff of nightmares for farriers and horse owners alike. To limit these nightmares, we’ve compiled this article about our best supplement for horses hooves.

As with all horse health problems, prevention is better than cure, but what steps can we take to improve the condition of the hoof? Packing up and moving to a better climate is a bit extreme, and it is worth remembering that very dry climates and sandy soil can have a negative effect on hooves just as wet soil can.

Nutrition for Hoof Health

The diet is very important in keeping the hooves ready for action. A well balanced diet is important for all horses and all hooves but some horses and situations will benefit from a little extra help. Whether you are worried about the possible complications of the current weather or you have a horse with ongoing problems adding Hoof Aid to the diet is likely to be helpful.

Hoof Aid – Hoof Strengthening Powder

The ingredients in Hoof Aid target both an improved RATE of hoof growth and improved STRENGTH of new hoof. Hoof Aid contains biotin, methionine, zinc and calcium, all of which are essential for strong, healthy hoof growth.

Biotin is a B vitamin. The horse cannot manufacture biotin and so it must be in the diet. (The intestinal microbes produce some biotin but absorption may be limited.) Biotin has been shown in studies to improve the strength of the hoof visibly and on a microscopic level.

Amino acids are the building blocks for proteins. Methionine is an essential amino acid that is required to produce cysteine and in turn keratin. Keratin is an insoluble protein that makes up most of the hoof wall. Having the right proteins in the diet ensures that there is enough available for the formation of the hoof wall and to sustain the cross links holding hoof wall together. In essence methionine is involved in the building blocks and the cement to hold it all together.

Zinc is a trace mineral which has a function in producing keratin and so is needed for producing hair, skin and hoof. Reduced zinc in the diet can lead to slower rate of hoof growth and brittle or crumbling hoof walls. Calcium is a mineral well documented in its usefulness for bone development but is also needed to maintain the healthy cross links holding the hoof together.

Hoof Aid – Hoof Strengthening Liquid

There is no instant magic wand with hooves but when Hoof Aid is added to the diet it ensures that the crumbling, damaged hoof is replaced with healthy hoof as it grows out. Horses with a history of hoof disease will benefit from long term feeding of Hoof Aid. Hoof Aid can also be added to the diet of young, growing horses to prevent any problems as the horse develops.

If you’re looking for any more advice on hoof supplements for horses, why not get in touch with one of our equine nutrition experts today!

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