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: How important is it to manage sugar in a horse’s diet and does this have any impact on hoof health?
By Shannon Pratt-Phillips
While sugar is an important energy compound, it should be fed to horses with great care.
Too much starch and sugar in a horse’s diet may directly (via digestive tract overload) or indirectly (insulin resistance) negatively affect hoof health and place a horse at risk for laminitis. Be sure to feed all ingredients containing sugar carefully.
Shannon Pratt-Phillips specializes in equine nutrition at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, N.C.
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Click here to read Part 1 of the July 15, 2017 installment: I saw several horses come down with pasture-associated laminitis. How do I avoid this concern next spring?