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Nutrition and Hoof Support

A healthy hoof is the foundation of soundness in the horse, and diet plays a prominent role in maintaining hoof integrity. Key nutrients for hoof health include fatty acids, amino acids, macro minerals, trace minerals and vitamins. A hay or pasture-based diet provides many of these essential nutrients but may not provide the horse with high enough levels to optimize the strength and integrity of the hoof.

Nutritional Solutions to Support Your Patients

See our recommended Platinum Protocols for common equine conditions and injuries.

Condition Products Protocol
Overall Wellness
  • Platinum Performance® Equine or
    Platinum Performance® CJ
Administer 1 scoop of Platinum Performance® Equine or Platinum Performance® CJ BID.
Hoof Health
  • Platinum Performance® Equine
Administer 1-2 scoops of Platinum Performance® Equine BID.
Hoof Support Advanced
  • Platinum Performance® Equine
  • Platinum Hoof Support
Administer 1-2 scoops of Platinum Performance® Equine BID and 1 level scoop of Platinum Hoof Support SID.
Laminitis
  • Platinum Performance® Equine
  • Hemo-Flo®
  • Magnesium Citrate
  • Platinum Antioxidant
  • Platinum Hoof Support
Make appropriate diet and medical recommendations and administer 2-3 scoops of Platinum Performance® Equine BID. Administer 1 level scoop of Hemo-Flo® BID, 2 rounded scoops of Magnesium Citrate BID, 1 rounded scoop of Platinum Antioxidant BID, and 1 level scoop of Platinum Hoof Support BID.

SID = 1 time daily, BID = 2 times daily, TID = 3 times daily.​

The Science Explained

Which Platinum Formula is the Right Choice to Support Your Patient's Hoof Health?

Equine Health Tip: It Takes More Than Biotin to Maintain Healthy Hooves

PRCA Tie-Down Roping Average Champion, Tuf Cooper

NRCHA Million Dollar Rider & Snaffle Bit Futurity Champion, Todd Bergen

Nutrients Key to Maintaining a Healthy Hoof

  • Trace minerals like copper, zinc and manganese provide strength to hoof wall and foot structures and also provide important cellular antioxidant activity.
  • Copper-dependent enzymes maintain connective tissue, making copper critical for normal bone and cartilage development.
  • Zinc supports epidermal and dermal cells and blood vessels that are critical for healthy hoof growth.
  • Methionine is an amino acid that contains sulfur, stimulates strong, healthy hoof growth and is essential to prevent brittle, cracked hooves. Sulfur-containing amino acids play a key role in the development of the “cellular envelope,” also known as the marginal band, which protects horn cells against protein-degrading enzymes.
  • Biotin is an important vitamin that supports the growth of healthy hooves, in part due to its role as a cofactor for several major enzymes. Horses that do not consume enough biotin in their diet may suffer from cracked hoofs and tender feet. Supplementation of the diet with biotin leads to improved hoof wall strength and an increase in the rate of hoof growth.
  • Sulfur is a critical component of the primary structural protein, keratin, and is found most abundantly in the hoof and hair. Sulfur content in the hoof wall has been positively associated with the ability of the hoof to withstand tearing forces.
  • Fatty acids help in connecting hoof horn cells and sustain a permeability barrier. Specifically, certain key fatty acids comprise what is described as the intercellular cementing substance of the hoof horn that acts in a similar fashion to the mortar of a brick wall by connecting horn cells. The cementing substance helps control hydration levels in the hoof which, in turn, regulates such mechanical properties as fracture toughness.
  • Protein is a core building block of a solid hoof. In fact, the hoof wall is over 90% protein on a dry weight basis, further demonstrating the importance of high-quality and complete proteins in the equine diet, which are generally obtained when a horse eats quality hay or pasture.
  • Macro minerals, including calcium and phosphorus, maintain health of the bone and soft tissue structures in the foot.

The Science Behind the Supplements

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