Tough As Nails®, of course! Tough As Nails® is a premium hoof supplement for horses that promotes strong, healthy hoof growth in a number of ways. First, and what tends to be most important to horse owners, is the level of biotin in this supplement, which has been shown through research to improve healthy hoof growth. Tough As Nails® increases a horse’s sulfur containing amino acid intake, which supports improved hoof growth, and has an increased level of calcium, which is an important mineral involved in the cross-linking of hoof proteins. Finally, the use of more bioavailable organic trace minerals, like copper and zinc, help develop and maintain a healthy hoof structure.
While not defined as a dietary requirement, prebiotics (and probiotics) have been proven to be very beneficial for horses because they help maintain the beneficial microorganisms in the horse’s digestive tract.
Prebiotics are non-living ingredients that help “feed” and maintain the beneficial microorganisms in a horse’s digestive tract. They are not able to be digested by the horse, but help nourish, maintain, and even grow the beneficial microorganisms. On the other hand, probiotics (also called direct-fed microbials) are living bacteria and yeast that help repopulate the gut of the horse with beneficial microorganisms. Read more!
Research has proven that any horse will highly benefit from probiotics. Because the horse’s digestive system is sensitive to change, consistently feeding pre- and probiotics can help reduce chances of digestive upset.
It is becoming more common for owners to either overfeed supplements or feed supplements that are not truly needed. Overfeeding certain supplements can be dangerous to your horse. Some supplements, when overfed, just result in a loss in money to the owner, while others can result in nutrient deficiencies or toxicities. Read more!
Yes! Over-supplementing is a common problem we see. While sometimes, this may not cause any physical harm (other than to your wallet), other times, it can have detrimental effects on the horse over time. Check out our article on this topic to learn more!