Biotin; all a hoof needs. Biotin, also known as Vitamin H or Vitamin B8, is an essential, water-soluble B vitamin often given as a supplement to horses with weak hooves. There are only a few studies examining the effects of biotin on horses, with inconclusive results.
In practice, however, the numbers of horses with visibly improved hooves after biotin supplementation cannot be denied. Biotin is naturally present in grass among other things, and Cavalor® feeds are also enriched with biotin to encourage healthy hoof growth.
In addition, some bacteria in the colon are capable of producing biotin. Exactly how much biotin a horse requires is unknown, but an unbalanced diet can lead to deficiencies. Practical experience has shown that at least 25-30 mg biotin per day is necessary to create a noticeable effect. Cavalor® Hoof Aid combines bio-available biotin with high doses of Vitamins A and D3.
Vitamin A supports the development of the hoof wall. Coronary band inflammation is linked to a lack of Vitamin A.
Vitamin D3 plays an important role in the metabolism and development of the hoof tissue as well. Scientific research has shown that a combination of different ingredients is more effective than biotin alone.
Cavalor® Hoof Aid also contains zinc. Zinc helps with keratin synthesis, which ensures strong, sturdy hooves. Furthermore, zinc supports the reproduction and repair of cells in the hoof and hoof wall.
Cavalor® Hoof Aid also contains calcium carbonate. Calcium is instrumental in the synthesis of sulphur bridges between the proteins in the hoof wall.
Finally, methionine is an essential sulphurous amino acid that contributes to hoof flexibility.