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: I’d like to try to improve the hoof quality with my two horses. Where do I start?
By Milton Turner
A: A well-balanced diet is the first step in establishing good overall hoof health. Once the structure of the hoof is healthy and growing properly, then effective care can be used to maintain the health of the hoof. Yet many times owners do not know their horse’s hooves are deficient in nutrients.
As such, it is the farrier’s responsibility to address the issue with their clients and advocate good nutrition as well as proper hoof care. Doing so will result in much healthier hooves, make the farrier’s job easier (since healthy hooves are easier to work on) and strengthen the farrier and client relationship.
Milton Turner is a farrier and marketing consultant located in the Phoenix, Ariz., area.
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Click here to read Part 2 of the June 15, 2016 installment: When it comes to adding antioxidant supplements to a horse’s ration, what are the benefits?