NUTRITION: Hoof



The appearance of the hoof is a reflection of the horse’s environmental health and nutritional state. Many factors can affect hoof health but nutrition plays a starring role. +Nutrient intake, at the proper levels, has been shown to stimulate excellent hoof growth. A properly balanced ration is critical when feeding your sport horse. Durability and quality of the horn that makes up the hoof is primarily driven by your horse’s diet.


Quality proteins are critical! The primary protein for equine hoof development is keratin. Proper keratinization (binding of hoof horn) requires several nutrients, amino acids (the

building blocks of protein), minerals like calcium, zinc, and iodine, and vitamins, most notably biotin. A horse with a healthy hindgut will produce all the biotin it can consume as a by

product of the microbial bacteria. It simply can’t be said enough…healthy hooves are

synonymous with keeping the hindgut healthy.


Sport horses require both a long stem fiber source and supplemental nutrition to ensure

nutrients are pulled properly from their diet. Organic vitamin and mineral supplementation

will support growth rates of the hoof. These required nutrients can be found in natural,

organic ingredients that are bio-available to the equine system. For example:

  • Organic sesame meal is a great source for healthy keratin

  • Organic coconut is an excellent source of medium-chain fatty acids

  • Organic peas contain Zinc to control protein metabolism

  • Organic alfalfa meal can provide a good source of calcium

The hoof grows slowly, usually about a third of an inch per month. This slow growth rate means that what your horse eats today will impact the health of the hoof long into the future. Give your horse the nutrition it needs to develop healthy hooves and create an environment in which it can thrive!


Pink Rose Organix Equine Boost & Balance is a USDA Certified Organic feed for an

optimized digestive system and healthy hindgut. A delicious, prescriptive blend of organic proteins, oils, and fiber that works with your pasture or hay to boost digestive efficiency and balance the diet. Boost & Balance focuses on hindgut function; driving animal health,

attitude, and positive, cool energy!