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 1 of the latest question and answer installment that you can share with your footcare clients.
Q: Do fatty acids play a role in hoof quality and growth?
By Frank Gravlee, DVM, MS, CNS
Essential fatty acids are necessary for a horse’s healthy, shiny coat as well as for the proper moisture maintenance and pliability of the hoof structure.
Horses can obtain these needed fatty acids from grain, unprocessed grain oils or from the lecithin that is present in processed grains and supplements.
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 2 of the July 15, 2018 installment: Do horses suffering from acute laminitis need to be fed differently than other horses?