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: If my horses are in good condition, is it necessary to have nutritional concerns about hoof growth and hoof quality?
By Eleanor Kellon, VMD
I believe feeding for hoof health is no different than feeding for general equine health. There are no magical nutrients for hoof health.
Every cell in the horse’s body is like a tiny battery-powered factory. Like all batteries, it depends on a very specific balance of ions (minerals) to operate. The factory is fueled by calories in the form of carbohydrates, fats, proteins and fermentation products from the hindgut. It uses these carbohydrates to manufacture the products it needs — enzymes, membranes and proteins of many types.
Dr. Eleanor Kellon, a staff veterinary specialist for Uckele Health & Nutrition, is an established authority in the field of equine nutrition for over 30 years. She is a founding member and leader of the Equine Cushings and Insulin Resistance (ECIR) group, whose mission is to improve the welfare of horses with metabolic disorders via integration of research and real-life clinical experience. Prevention of laminitis is the ultimate goal.
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Click here to read Part 2 of the March 15, 2017 installment: What are the benefits of feeding beet pulp?