Hoof Nutrition Intelligence 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: Does sulphur play a critical role in developing high quality hooves?

By J. Frank Gravlee, DVM, MS, CNS, and Scott Gravlee, DVM, CNS, Life Data Labs

Adequate amounts of sulphur are needed to build the strong cross links necessary for developing healthy hoof horn.

However, excessive amounts of sulphur can interfere with copper metabolism, leading to weak connective tissue structure and poor hoof quality.

J. Frank Gravlee, DVM, MS, CNS and Scott Gravlee, DVM, CNS are veterinarians and equine nutritionists at Life Data Labs, Inc.in Cherokee, Ala.

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Click here to read Part 2 of the Feb. 1, 2019 installment: My farrier says one of my horses has hoof horn that is brittle and easily chipped or split. How can I correct this situation?

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