Dr. Frank Gravlee

Veterinarian and Farrier Relationship in Treating Laminitis and Founder

“Laminitis and founder is a complicated systemic disease that severely affects a horse’s feet. For the best chance of success in the management and treatment of the disease, veterinarians and farriers must work together. The horse owner assumes the economic responsibility to attempt to restore a horse to health and, therefore, has the choice to engage cooperative caregivers.

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Farrier with Hoof

Factors That Affect Hoof Quality

Hoof wall defects can develop as a result of one or more contributing factors. To name a few, hoof wall quality can be influenced by genetics, environment, microbes, trimming, and nutrition.

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Hoof Nutrition

Nutrients that Influence Hoof Health

The nutritional demands of domesticated modern horses are much different than the nutritional demands of wild horses. A myriad of feed stuffs and supplements have been developed and marketed in reaction to these changing needs. While proper supplementation can provide numerous benefits, insufficient or excessive supplementation of any nutrient can be detrimental for hoof health.

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Feeding for Hoof Health

Feeding for Hoof Health

Hoof quality can be influenced by many factors, such as:

• Genetics
• Farrier work
• Type of environment
• Work intensity
• Microbial invasions
• Nutrition

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Equine Nutrition Supplement

How to Choose an Equine Nutrition Supplement

There are so many supplements in the market. Unfortunately, it is easy for a manufacturer to enter the hoof supplement market with little or no credentials. That is why the following factors should be considered to choose a reputable nutrition supplement: 

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