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.

This edition is sponsored by the W.F. Young Co. (Absorbine) of East Longmeadow, Mass.

Below you will find Part 2 of the latest question and answer installment that you can share with your footcare clients.

Q: Since the drinking water for my horses is high in iron, is this a concern when it comes to hoof quality?

By Gary Pusillo

A: High levels of iron found in a horse’s drinking water may reduce copper, cobalt, magnesium, selenium and zinc utilization, leading to deficiencies of these minerals. Iron overload also increases the risk of infection and neoplasia, and high iron content can result in decreased water consumption.

Gary Pusillo is a consulting equine nutritionist and the owner of INTI Service Corporation in Marshalltown, Iowa.

Click here to read Part 1 of the July 15, 2015 installment: What is recommended in terms of nutrition with a foundered horse?

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