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.

Below you will find Part 1 of the latest question and answer installment that you can share with your footcare clients.

Q: How important are adding various supplements to my horse’s daily ration?

By Kentucky Equine Research staff

A: Supplements have become a fact of life in many modern horse-feeding schemes, and rightly so, as these specialized products have improved the lives of countless horses. When it comes time to tighten the belt though, supplements might be the first place for a horse owner to look for possible over usage.

For instance, an equine nutritionist can help determine if you’re overfeeding vitamins and minerals through unwarranted supplementation. This is often the case when a horse is being fed a full measure of fortified feed and also having it top-dressed with a vitamin and mineral product. Over supplementation saps a horse-keeping budget and may compromise a horse’s health.

Located in Versailles, Ky., Kentucky Equine Research is an international research, consulting and product development firm working in the areas of equine nutrition and sports nutrition.

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Click here to read Part 1 of the September 15, 2016 installment: How do I know when I need to be adding biotin to my horse's diet for improved hoof quality and growth?

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