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: What do farriers see as the most important feeding challenges among horse owners?
From a survey of 2018 International Hoof-Care Summit attendees
Farriers were asked to list what they felt was the most prevalent feeding challenge they regularly see among horse owners in their area:
37% of farriers believe it is a lack of knowledge or misinformation about how to adequately feed their horses.
34% of farriers indicated the #1 challenge was with clients overfeeding or underfeeding their horses.
12% of farriers indicated owners don’t see the value of keeping forage quality consistent in order to prevent laminitis.
8% said it was due to not being able to deal with changing feed prices.
6% said the major concern is not utilizing proper feed choices.
3% of farriers indicated the major problem was not following an effective feeding plan.
This data was compiled from an American Farriers Journal survey of attendees at the 2018 International Hoof-Care Summit.
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Click here to read Part 2 of the Jan. 15, 2019 installment: Could nutrition be part of the concerns I’m having with my foot-sore horse?