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: What seem to be the biggest challenges facing owners when it comes to feeding their horses?

Data from 2019 survey of farriers

Farriers attending the International Hoof-Care Summit in late January of 2019 in Cincinnati, Ohio, were asked to list the biggest concerns they see with owners when it comes to feeding their horses. Here are a half dozen of the biggest challenges:

1. Understanding proper amounts to feed.

2. A lack of nutritional understanding.

3. The need for feeding quality hay and minerals.

4. Misinformation concerning feeding treats and supplements.

5. The high cost of feed.

6. Having horses that are underworked and overfed.

These results were obtained from a survey of farriers conducted during the 2019 International Hoof-Care Summit.

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Click here to read Part 2 of the May 1, 2019 installment: Our farrier says my horse has developed an abscess in its left front foot. What should I do and is nutrition involved in these situations?

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