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: Are hoof nutrition needs different during the winter months?
By Jamie Brooks
A: Winter can often pose nutritional concerns for horses living in the northern states. The National Research Council does a good job of documenting the severe decline in vitamin A and vitamin E levels in hay over time. Their research findings point to well-documented vitamin A and E deficiencies in horses that are limited to being fed aged hay and straight grains during late winter and early spring.
This is a widespread, well-documented phenomenon that poses real risks to northern horses during the winter months, especially for mares in gestation or lactation.
Jamie Brooks is a former nutrition consultant with Vita-Flex Nutrition.
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Click here to read Part 2 of the July 1, 2015 installment: Can dietary excesses be bad for a horse’s hooves?