(Enclosed measure approximates 1 oz based on density of product.)
Adult Horses (900-1,100 lbs): Provide 1 oz twice daily for the first 2-3 weeks and reduce to 1 oz daily, as maintenance level.
Biotin is a member of the B vitamins family and, like some other vitamins, is a coenzyme for several metabolic pathways. It is involved in glucose metabolism, growth and utilization of niacin. Biotin is essential to the growth of strong, healthy hooves due to its role in collagen formation. A number of research studies show that longterm, daily supplementation of 10-30 mg of biotin daily improves the growth rate and hardness of hooves, especially in horses with less than optimum quality hoof horn (soft, brittle, chipped).
Methionine is an essential amino acid, meaning it must be provided in the diet since the body cannot create enough of its own. This means if it is not present in adequate amounts it limits the body’s ability to make protein. Methionine can be converted by the body into another sulfur-containing amino acid, cysteine. Because the concentration of both these amino acids is highest in hoof and hair, methionine especially is often included in hoof supplements.
Lysine is an amino acid and the only one for which a requirement in the horse has been established by the NRC. It is an essential amino acid, meaning it must be provided in the diet since the body cannot create enough of its own. Lysine is also a limiting amino acid. This means if it is not present in adequate amounts it limits the body’s ability to make protein. Lysine is important in the formation of collagen (the protein that forms the matrix of bone, cartilage and connective tissue). Lysine supplements enhance the intestinal absorption of calcium and reduce the excretion of calcium in the urine. Lysine deficiency may result in immunodeficiency. Lysine can help inhibit the multiplication of virus and may prevent or decrease the severity of any viral flare-up.
Zinc (Zn) is a micromineral involved in over 100 enzyme systems ranging from connective tissue formation and antioxidant protection to carbohydrate metabolism and immune system function. It is most recognized for its role in healthy skin and hooves. Supplementation should be considered because amounts in normal feedstuffs may not meet requirements and toxicity has not been reported.
Pyridoxine (Vitamin B6) The Vitamin B family is made up of several compounds that serve many important roles in the body: protein, fat and carbohydrate metabolism; energy production; proper nerve cell transmission; and cell reproduction and division (especially rapidly dividing ones such as red blood cells).