Hoof Nutrition Intelligence is a twice-a-month web segment that is designed to add to the education of footcare professionals when it comes to effectively feeding the hoof. The goal of this web-exclusive feature is to zero in on specific areas of hoof nutrition and avoid broad-based articles that simply look at the overall equine feeding situation.
Below you will find Part 2 of the latest question and answer installment that you can share with your footcare clients.
Q: Is it OK to feed more than one supplement at a time for improving hoof quality?
By Frank Gravlee, DVM, MS, CNS
Horse owners should feed only one supplement, unless the combination of supplements is balanced to feed together and approved by a veterinary nutritionist. Most supplements, when fed in conjunction with others, can cause toxic levels of some nutrients to be ingested.
Keep in mind how quickly both good and bad nutritional changes can be seen in your horse’s hooves. If your horse does have a noticeable hoof problem and you begin a nutritional program to solve it, you should see a positive difference emerging from the coronary band within 8-10 weeks.
Frank Gravlee is an equine veterinarian and the founder of Life Data Labs, Inc., in Cherokee, Ala.
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Click here to read Part 1 of the June 1, 2018 installment: With hot summer work, how do I make sure my horses get enough salt?