Poor hoof condition in horses and ponies leads to all sorts of practical problems such as splitting, losing shoes and lameness.
Research has shown that certain micronutrients play an important role in healthy hoof growth.
Chief among these are Biotin, which is found naturally in a horse's hind gut but is often not produced in sufficient quantity if the diet is restricted in fibre. Feeding more fibre may help, but it is also advisable to use a hoof health supplement containing Biotin to improve hoof horn quality.
Other elements that are important for healthy hoofs are calcium and zinc, along with the amino acid Methionine.
Healthy hooves need a holistic approach, and there is no doubt that appropriate feed supplements play an important role in the regimen for combatting poor feet.