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: How do horses determine how and where various nutrients are used by their bodies?
By Juliet Getty, PhD
Horse owners need to be aware of how horses use various nutrients in the order of priority. And the highest priority always needs to be placed on survival.
Whatever nutrients a horse ingests will first be utilized to feed vital organs like the heart, lungs, liver, kidneys, etc. If there are left-over nutrients, then the body will feed the other tissues such as skin, joints, hair, hooves, etc., that are not as crucial to survival.
Poor feet on a horse may be an indication that it is not getting enough nutrients. If owners see a poor mane and tail, a dull hair coat or poor hoof quality, this should be a warning sign that a nutrition program might need to be adjusted.
Juliet M. Getty, PhD, is an independent equine nutritionist with a wide U.S. and international following. Located in Lewisville, Texas, her research-based approach optimizes equine health by aligning physiology and instincts with correct feeding and nutrition practices.
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Click here to read Part 2 of the March 15, 2018 installment: Should I be concerned about laminitis when turning my overweight pony out on grass this spring?