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: What is the role of iodine in the equine diet?

By Connie Larson, PhD

Iodine is needed for the synthesis of thyroid hormones that control energy metabolism, growth and muscle sensitivity (the speed at which muscles contract. Iodine is commonly supplied with iodized salt. Iodine levels are higher in forages than in grains.

Both iodine deficiencies and toxicities have been diagnosed in horses. Toxicities have occurred when excessive amounts of high iodine supplements or feeds, including kelp or seaweed that are naturally high in iodine, were fed to horses.

Connie Larson is an equine nutritionist and researcher with Zinpro Corp. in Eden Prairie, Minn. She has been a frequent contributor to American Farriers Journal and a speaker at the International Hoof-Care Summit.

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Click here to read Part 1 of the April 1, 2017 installment: I recently improved what I feed my horse, so why hasn’t there been any improvement in hoof growth or quality?

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