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

Q: Does the fat content of a ration play any role in hoof quality and growth?

By Karen Davison

A diet with adequate levels of fat can be beneficial to the hoof. Fats create a permeability barrier that helps to prevent bacteria and fungi from entering the hoof horn.

Karen Davison is an equine nutritionist with Purina Animal Nutrition in Shoreview, Minn.

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Click here to read Part 1 of the February 15, 2017 installment: Is it OK to feed bran to horses with poor hooves?

Click here to read more installments of Hoof Nutrition Intelligence.