Hoof Supplements: Feeding The Feet
Hoof supplements are big business. It only takes a cursory glance around any tack shop or feed store to realize that they’re everywhere. They’ve got catchy names and labels, and lists of ingredients as long as your arm, all purported to help your horse grow tougher, shinier, more durable hooves.
Poor hoof quality is a complaint common to the owners of many types of sport horses, with Thoroughbreds likely being the worst offenders. And we all know the adage, "no hoof, no horse." So, it’s natural that we look to nutrition to address our horse’s pedal infirmities. But what do we really know about how nutrients translate into hoof horn?
Some of the feed ingredients promoted as hoof strengtheners do, in fact, have some dependable research behind them; others are based only on folklore or a manufacturer’s assertions. Let’s have a look at where your money is best spent.
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