Poor Hoof Conformation

I have not written anything specifically on this topic. However, I have discussed the root cause of poor hoof conformation secondary to chronic protein deficiency. With a weakened hoof from a lack of essential amino acids in the diet, gravity bends the hoof walls and crushes the tubules.

Today I saw a horse with mild, chronic laminitis. Unfortunately, the managers were not feeding any high-quality protein. As they focused on the front hooves, I looked at the crushed heels of the hind hooves and wondered why they were not feeding the hooves. Their vets and farriers were not mentioning this important part of hoof care. Without the materials to keep the hooves strong, the forces of conformation and gravity will always take their toll.

(See the nutrition material, especially regarding protein, because hooves are keratin, a protein.)

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