Hoof Nutrition IntelligenceSponsored by the W.F. Young Co. (Absorbine) of East Longmeadow, Mass., Hoof Nutrition Intelligence is a twice-a-month website feature that zeroes in on specific areas of hoof nutrition. Below you will find the latest question-and-answer installments you can share with horse owners.

Below you will find Part 2 of the latest question and answer installment that you can share with your footcare clients.

Q: I’ve been feeding a hoof supplement for 3 months, but haven’t seen any noticeable improvement in the quality of the feet with my three horses. How do I know if the hoof supplement is working?

By Dr. Jim Ward

It’s frustrating to see hoof problems when you are doing everything right, such as feeding a balanced diet, offering regular hoof care and providing a suitable environment.

What you have to realize is that what you’re seeing today might have started 8, 9 or 12 months ago. It takes that long to grow a hoof. You might have the horse on a diet that is correct now, but the problems might just be showing up from previous times.

This item is condensed from a recent article on hoof nutrition in the American Quarter Horse Journal. Dr. Jim Ward, a 1965 graduate of Texas A&M University, is an equine management consultant for Cargill Inc, a position he has held since 2000. He is a member of the Cargill product development team and the Cargill equine enterprise team. He serves in a consultative and management role at Center Ranch, a cutting horse and cattle ranch located in Centerville, Texas.

Click here to read Part 1 of the February 1, 2017 installment: The veterinarian says one of my horses needs to put on a few more pounds. Any suggestions on how best to do this?

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