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 2 of the latest question and answer installment that you can share with your footcare clients.
Q: Do horse owners have to consider hoof health when developing a specific feeding plan?
By Eleanor Kellon, Equine Nutritional Solutions in Robesonia, Pa.
A: I believe feeding for hoof health is no different than feeding for equine health in general, as here are no magical nutrients for hoof health. Every cell in the horse’s body is like a tiny battery-powered factory. Like all batteries, it depends on a very specific balance of ions (minerals) to operate. The factory is fueled by calories in the form of carbohydrates, fats, protein and fermentation products from the hindgut and it uses these to manufacture the products it needs — enzymes, membranes and proteins of many types.
A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Veterinary School, Dr. Kellon is an authority in the field of equine nutrition, conditions affecting performance horses and the use of nutraceuticals with horses. She is the owner of Equine Nutritional Solutions, which is a nutrition consulting firm, and also serves as a veterinary specialist with Uckele Health & Nutrition.
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Click here to read Part 1 of the December 15, 2015 installment: How important is feeding manganese in terms of hoof quality?