HOOF and BONE is recommended as a key component
in proper equine husbandry
and for managing equine skeletal development,
for both performance horses and developing foals.
Deficiencies in proper calcium and phosphorus intake have become a cause for concern in modern equine management due to the domestication of equines. Genetically, the equine population is predisposed to adaptation of nutrient uptake through the choosing of natural forages and minerals within their environment to manage deficiencies that affect a range of biological necessities and overall health. Due to the localization necessary in the use of equines for work and pleasure, many of these nutrient variations may be lacking that were once addressed by natural migratory patterns. Nutritionists have, for the most part, addressed the deficiencies in specific regions in order to adapt to these changes. However, there are multiple variables, which cannot be addressed in standardized feed and forage supplementation.
Calcium ratios is one of the major oversights in the proper intake of calcium in the horse’s diet; that despite our best efforts, have been overlooked and may require supplementation. Managing these deficiencies has led to vital research in skeletal development of both companion and competitive animals as it relates to the intake of calcium and precursors to optimal skeletal development. The optimal ratio for calcium and a calcium phosphate in equine forage is three parts calcium to one part calcium phosphorus, also known as calcium di-phosphate. Once an imbalance occurs on either side of the spectrum, the body will compensate by removing necessary components from the skeletal system in order to reach homeostasis. As a result, skeletal calcium, copper, zinc and magnesium are cannibalized from the existing bone to insure proper circulatory homeostasis for muscle and organ function. This leaching of skeletal minerals can lead to thinning of bone and lack of skeletal and hoof integrity under stress. When addressing this homeostasis through a dietary blend of three parts calcium citrate to one part calcium di-phosphate, we are able to exclude skeletal leaching from the herd animals and help minimize the negative effects. This problem is the reason we developed the HOOF and BONE formulation.
Balance is Everything
For Strong Hooves and Bones
As a result our our research, we have compensated the dietary necessity of the equine with the proper ratio of a 3 to 1 formulary consisting of 3 parts of the most highly absorbable calcium in the form of Calcium Citrate with one part Calcium Di-phosphate to prevent further the leaching of calcium from the skeletal system that also leads to the loss of vital minerals such as copper, zinc, and magnesium; all of which are vital for the development of the hoof wall as well.
Another vital component is the biocatalyst Biotin that is crucial for the development of the key structural component of the hoof: Keratin. Without proper supplementation or the availability of Biotin in the natural environment, an absence of Biotin can result in an unhealthy development of the hoof wall and proper development can be compromised. In other words, the lack of these components in the equine diet can have a cascading effect and can lead to health problems.
It is important to note that many Feed Manufacturers will provide Biotin supplements to the consumer using the recommended 5-10 mg of a biotin-containing supplement. However, these “feed additives” contain a biotin structure of only 1% Biotin, which is sub-standard and misleading at best. HOOF and BONE contains 5 mg per 10 gram serving of pure pharmaceutical Biotin; providing the proper supplementation your horse needs as a biocatalyst for keratin development in the hoof. The best way to illustrate this inaccuracy in Feed Store products is to look at the cost analysis. Pure Biotin (99.9%) costs over $700.00 per Kilogram and would be impossible for any manufacturer to provide at the ratios listed on the feed supplements found in Tack and Feed stores. By law, they can still advertise “feed ingredients” in the gross ratios as added to their blends and not as the Net Weight found in HOOF and BONE as an FDA requirement of our Supplements.
HOOF and BONE contains a scientifically-sound formulation in which we address the proper ratio of calcium to calcium di-phosphate as well as the key component Biotin as well as two main substrates for biotin absorption in the body: D-methionine and Methysulfonylmethane or MSM. These organic sulfur components are precursors, which allow Biotin metabolism in the body. While sulfur deficiencies are very rare, the body does use organic sulfur in order to produce D-methionine endogenously or naturally in the liver. We have added them to the original HOOF and BONE formula to be sure that any deficiencies may be addressed if necessary. It is also important to note that excessive sulfur has no negative side effects as it is the most abundant secondary element in living tissue. This addition to the formula ensures that any animal that may have a negligible amount of sulfur in their intake will have the proper precursors for proper Biotin metabolism and, most importantly, Keratin development in the hoof wall to strengthen and fortify your horses most vital structures, the Hoof.
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