Effect of dietary biotin supplement on equine hoof horn growth rate and hardness.

E. A. Buffa, S. S. Van Den Berg, Frank J Verstraete, N. G. Swart

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Abstract

Over a 10-month period, 24 randomly selected riding horses were fed various amounts of biotin. Statistically significant improvements in growth rates and hardness of hooves were produced by biotin supplementation. Greater growth rates and hardness were achieved at a daily dose of 15 mg than at 7.5 mg. Increased hoof hardness was greatest in the hoof quarters and toe. No ring formation occurred in hooves of horses fed biotin intermittently.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)472-474
Number of pages3
JournalEquine Veterinary Journal
Volume24
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 1992
Externally publishedYes

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