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: With horses that are prone to laminitis, is it important to do an analysis of the hay you feed?

By Kate Robinson, DVM

Since diet is an important component of hoof health, it is best to have your hay analyzed to make sure horses are getting the best possible diet. A chemical hay analysis helps determine if the forage is an appropriate feed for horses that are prone to laminitis. It also lets us know horses are getting the proper levels of the vitamins, minerals and proteins they need for quality hooves.

Kate Robinson is an equine veterinarian, field service clinician and assistant professor at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

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Click here to read Part 2 of the March 1, 2017 installment: With horses that have a history of laminitis, is it okay to feed whole oats?

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