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Horse Nutrition For Healthy Hair and Hoof

The proper maintenance and grooming of a horse can make a drastic difference in the appearance of its hair coat and hoof wall. Grooming products can help, but hair and hoof quality begins with the right nutrition.

Both hair and hoof are primarily comprised of protein, and a diet rich in high-quality protein is essential to growth and health. Protein deficiency may result in slow hair growth and shedding, and slow hoof growth with increased splitting and cracking.

How Can I Improve My Horse's Hair and Hoof?

For many years, horse owners have added vegetable oil, particularly corn oil, to a horse's diet. Vegetable oils are valuable sources essential fatty acids - linoleic, linolenic and arachadonic acid - which are required for healthy skin and hair. Be sure to add copper and zinc to your horse's diet; diets deficient in copper and zinc can produce dry, faded-looking hair. In addition, some simple changes, like adding methionine and Biotin, have also been used to improve hair and hoof quality. Biotin with methionine is more effective than biotin alone.

Harsh sunlight, metal grooming tools and harsh shampoos can cause hair damage and split ends, and should be avoided. Instead of harsh soaps, use lukewarm water. A cooler should be used, and the horse should not be allowed to stand in a draft. After bathing, a horse should always be groomed properly to restore natural oils to the hair. Developing a shiny hair coat is as simple as a little elbow grease

When it comes to your horse's hoof, avoid excess sanding, polishing and polish removal with harsh agents. This can be harmful to the hoof wall.

With these simple tips, your horse will be looking and feeling its best.