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: Is there any value to adding gelatin to a horse’s ration?
By E.A. Ott
A: A review of the nutrition research literature from around the world has shown that adding gelatin to the horse’s diet does not appear to affect either hoof growth or hoof quality.
However, other research has indicated that adding gelatin to the growing ration of young horses led to a reduction in hoof-specific gravity, but had little impact on the tensile strength of the hoof.
E.A. Ott is an equine nutrition researcher at the University of Florida.
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Click here to read Part 2 of the September 1, 2015 installment: Is there any truth to the idea that continuous daily feeding of some dewormers can lead to stronger and faster growing hooves?