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 kind of hoof concerns are most often caused by poor nutrition?
A: Known also as white line disease, seedy toe as a separation of the outer wall from the sole. This separation occurs as a result of opportunistic bacteria or fungi that invade the hoof when it is compromised and the organisms feed on live tissue within the hoof, destroying it little by little.
A hoof can become compromised for a variety of reasons: laminitic episodes, irregular blood flow, infection, abnormal hoof conformation or improper hoof trimming causing undue stress in the hoof.
Nutritional well-being plays a role in sound hoof growth. Each horse’s diet should be evaluated to make sure all pertinent nutrients are being fed in appropriate amounts, including a complete fortification of vitamins and minerals. A biotin supplement can be added to the diet to promote hoof wall growth.
Avoiding white line disease requires diligent care on the part of both the farrier and horse owner.
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Click here to read Part 2 of the May 1, 2016 installment: Why do horses need phosphorus in their diet?