Keeping hooves healthy is an important part of looking after your horse. However, some horses are prone to cracked and brittle hooves which can have trouble holding shoes or break easily. These are hard to manage for both animal and owner; however, help can be given with a Biotin supplement.
Biotin is a water-soluble B Vitamin which mammals are incapable of synthesising on their own. It occurs in high concentrations in alfalfa, yet the amount absorbed from feed seems to vary between horses. When hooves become dry, damaged and split, a biotin supplement promotes and maintains the growth of healthy new hoof. While this is the main reason for feeding a biotin supplement, a happy consequence is also an improved coat, mane and tail.