Proper Hoof Care Is Vital Especially During Winter Months

Horse Care - Hoof Care


A horse’s hoof is one of the most important parts of its body – no hoof, no horse. Nutrition and conscientious hoof care are essential. Good hoof maintenance during the winter months is a precursor to healthy hooves during warmer riding weather. Next Level® Hoof Fluid, the newest addition to Farnam’s premium Sure Nutrition™ product line, includes everything a horse needs for healthier hooves.

The strength of the hoof wall is maintained by daily supplementation of key nutrients, such as biotin, methionine, lysine and MSM. These nutrients are commonly found in pastures, hay and grains, but extensive farming, improper fertilization and poor storage of hay quite often lead to deficiencies in these nutrients. This can pose a bigger problem in the winter months when the pastures are covered in snow and premium hays may be protein and mineral deficient due to poor cutting practices and extended storage.

Next Level Hoof Fluid includes the key ingredients plus zinc and copper, but in an easy-to-feed liquid supplement that can be top-dressed, drizzled on hay, fed in the water or administered with a dosing syringe – eliminating the waste of powders and crumbles that easily fall to the bottom of a horse’s feed. Methionine is a building block of protein; lysine is needed for growth and to help maintain nitrogen balance in the body, plus it appears to help the body absorb and conserve calcium; zinc and copper stimulate enzymes and support a healthy immune system; and MSM, a natural anti-inflammatory, keeps skin, coat and hooves healthy.

Other Winterizing Tips: Trimming hooves every six weeks regardless of the season is recommended. Overgrown hooves on an icy surface are a recipe for cracked or chipped hooves. In most parts of the country, winter tends to bring less activity around the barn; hooves are cleaned, trimmed or picked out less often than in warmer months. In the winter when horses spend their days standing in stalls it is especially important to take the time to care for and maintain their hooves. Standing in stalls with dirty feet can lead to disease and infection, something that could take months to heal. Remember, it takes nine months for a hoof to fully grow out!

Nutrition, maintenance and prevention are the keys to proper hoof health and winterizing your horse. Otherwise, February and March may bring trouble that could last until fall. Found at most dealers that carry Farnam products, Next Level Hoof Fluid is available in 32-ounce and 64-ounce measurable squeeze bottles.

For more information about Next Level, Sure Nutrition or other Farnam horse products, in the United States call toll free at (800) 234-2269, direct at (602) 285-1660 or go to www.farnamhorse.com on the Internet. Founded in 1946, Farnam Companies, Inc., is a privately held company and a leader in the animal health products industry.

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