Over the past five years, vet Stephen Ashdown has written many
articles, spoken on equine matters and contributed widely to horse
Here he reproduces
in the form of questions and answers about 100 topics, all of
them common problems which afflict horses.
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Q: My 10 year old Hanoverian x Thoroughbred mare has very poor hoof
growth, even with careful shoeing and the regular use of feed supplements.
is shod the farrier ends up having to nail into the same shoes and
now she's torn off one of her rear shoes, taken some of the hoof
with it. Are there any herbal supplements I could try to help improve
the condition of her hooves?
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mare certainly seems to have a severe problem with her hooves. I
would suggest that the problem is likely to be dietary, so it would
be wise for you to try complementary supplements. We are having
increasing success with food supplements based on
an African cactus, used in conjunction with quite intensive mineral
We use this
cactus in the form of a mix. This contains natural
biotin and improve the uptake of minerals such as calcium, phosphorous
I also find
a liver tonic useful to promote absorption of nutrients. In addition
to using a mix you should improve general mineral availability by
adding in a good broad spectrum formula with high absorbability.
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