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: What role does energy play in determining hoof quality?

By Peter Huntington and Chris Pollitt

When faced with bad feet on a horse, the first thing to consider when evaluating a feed program is the daily total energy intake. Meeting your horse’s energy requirements should be the first and most important step in ensuring necessary hoof growth and integrity.

A horse with a negative energy balance will utilize protein in the diet or body to make up the energy needs required for hoof maintenance or growth. However, this may create a secondary protein or amino acid deficiency.

Peter Huntington is the director of nutrition with Kentucky Equine Research Australasia. Chris Pollitt is a retired member of the Australian Equine Laminitis Research Unit at the University of Queensland in Queensland, Australia, and a member of the International Equine Veterinarian Hall Of Fame.

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Click here to read Part 2 of the May 1, 2017 installment: Do I need to be concerned with calcium levels when it comes to hoof quality?

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