Healthy Hooves Molasses Free | Product Focus

Content by Katie Evans – Dengie Feed Advisor

Dengie Healthy Hooves Molasses Free is a nutritionally balanced, low-calorie, high-fibre feed which contains essential nutrients for healthy hooves.

Healthy Hooves Molasses Free contains just 2.5% sugar, which is found naturally in the ingredients used. Starch levels are also extremely low, at just 1.5%, because the feed is completely free from cereals or grains. These low levels of sugar and starch make Healthy Hooves Molasses Free a very safe option for horses and ponies that are prone to laminitis.

Combining fibre sources that are low in starch and sugars, Dengie Healthy Hooves Molasses Free is ideal for promoting gut health. A comprehensive range of vitamins and minerals are also included, complementing those naturally occurring in the alfalfa, to provide a balanced diet for your horse or pony keeping them looking and feeling fabulous, and their feet in great condition.

In a recent survey, it was found that hoof abscesses were the most common problem with almost half of horse owners reporting their horse having had an abscess in the last five years. This was closely followed by cracks and splits. Providing good quality nutrition is vital to the strength and quality of the horse’s hoof.

Dengie Healthy Hooves Molasses Free has a full range of B vitamins including biotin. Biotin is a water-soluble B vitamin that is commonly recognised as being beneficial for horses with poor hooves.

Research has found that supplementing the horse’s diet with 15mg of biotin per day helps increase hoof hardness and growth rates. It was also found that feeding biotin over a longer period of time reduced the severity of hoof horn defects, increased tensile strength and improved the condition of the white line.

When fed at the recommended rate of 500g per 100kg bodyweight, Healthy Hooves Molasses Free will provide your horse with all the vitamins and minerals they need, including the recommended amount of biotin.

Recent research suggests obese horses are storing more fat in the digital cushion and whilst we don’t fully know what this means in terms of hoof health, it is clearly desirable to keep horses at a healthy weight so there isn’t a fundamental disruption to the composition of the hoof structure. Healthy Hooves Molasses Free is a low calorie way to provide your horse with everything they need for a balanced diet, making it ideal for good doers, overweight individuals and those prone to laminitis.

For more information about Dengie’s Healthy Hooves Molasses Free or for help and advice on all aspects of feeding call the Dengie Feedline: 01621 841188 or complete their Feed Advice Form.

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