understanding is key
Hooves grow slowly, only averaging a centimetre a month. A balanced diet, possibly in combination with nutritional supplements, can greatly improve hoof growth and quality. Hooves need proteins, energy, vitamins, minerals, amino acids, fatty acids and trace elements.
Does your feed contain all these in the right quantities? Then there’s no need for supplements.
However, if your horse is not obtaining these nutrients in sufficient quantity or at all, supplements can be a good idea.
A SINGLE NUTRIENT IS NOT ENOUGH
Make sure your horse’s feed provides beneficial nutrients in the right quantities and proportions.
Are you concentrating on just one nutrient? This will never impact the quality of the hooves in a noticeable way.
Supplements that contain one ingredient alone will not work.
For instance copper strengthens the hoof’s outer wall, helps protect hoof cell membranes and contributes to the formation of keratin, a very important protein. Zinc also plays a role in keratin formation, as well as supporting the reproduction and repair of cells in the hoof and hoof wall. Selenium protects the hoof’s cell membranes. Be careful with selenium, though; too much will actually cause hoof problems. Furthermore, an overdose can endanger your horse.
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