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.

This edition is sponsored by the W.F. Young Co. (Absorbine) of East Longmeadow, Mass.

Below you will find Part 1 of the latest question and answer installment that you can share with your footcare clients.

Q: As a new owner, what will be my biggest challenges in feeding my horse?

From the International Hoof-Care Summit

Based on data from a survey of attendees at last winter’s International Hoof-Care Summit, here’s what farriers see as the major nutritional concerns facing horse owners:

  • A general lack of nutrition knowledge and education.
  • A tendency to overfeed their horses.
  • Growing concerns over the high cost of feed.
  • Too many available feeding options and a lack of knowledge on the part of owners to determine what program is best for their horses.
  • Finding sources of high-quality hay.
  • A lack of knowledge to be able to effectively compare the balance and quality of various nutritional products.

Sponsored by American Farriers Journal, the International Hoof-Care Summit is held each winter to educate footcare professionals from around the world.

Click here to read Part 2 of the October 15, 2017 installment: Will fall grazing all by itself provide enough nutrition for my horses?

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