farriers inspect horse's hoofs Purina Animal Nutrition and American Farriers Assn.

Balance is key for horse hoof health, nutrition

Nutrition affects horse's hooves, but balance is essential for hoof health.

The need for balance seems to arise in every aspect of horse riding and ownership. Trainers push for a balanced ride, farriers trim and shoe horses for a balanced hoof and owners aim to provide horses with the right balance of forage and feed.

“Hoof quality is determined by several factors, including genetics, environment and nutrition,” said Dr. Karen Davison, equine nutritionist at Purina Animal Nutrition. “Some horses inherit weak hooves, and that can't be changed

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