Jarrod Craven, a certified Equine Hoofcare Practitioner, owns and operates Jarrod Craven's Equine Hoofcare Services in the Adelaide Hills. This is the story of his journey into hoofcare and he explains why he started usings and why he now recommends it to all of his clients.
Thrush in horses hooves becomes more common as the wetter seasons begin. Thrush can become a severe health issue for horses, causing mild to severe lameness, with the symptoms often mimicking navicular syndrome.
Seedy Toe, also known as White Line Disease, is a fungal/bacterial infection that eats into the hoof via the white line, similar to thrush it is often worse in wet conditions. It is accompanied by other common hoof issues like hoof cracks, wall flares, frequent abscessing, flat and thin soles.
Biotinis one of the most importantB vitaminsin the horses' diet, particularly for hoof growth and hoof horn quality.
The B vitamins are closely involved with protein, fat and carbohydrate metabolism and interactions, therefore they play a very important part in the metabolism of hoof tissue which is highly active and fast-growing.
Hoof tissue is highly metabolic, which means that it is very responsive to diet and systemic occurrences such as illness and exercise. Poor hoof quality is one of the most obvious outward signs that your horse is not healthy on the inside.