What is Biotin For Horses?
Biotin, also known as vitamin B7 or vitamin H, is one of the most researched nutrients when it comes to hoof health. Biotin and other B vitamins are produced as a by-product of fibre fermentation in the hindgut. As well as benefiting hoof health in horses, biotin is involved in many other essential processes in the horse’s body including protein and fat metabolism.
How much biotin does your horse need?
There is no published requirement in horses but some scientific studies have found supplementary biotin to have a positive effect on hoof health and/ or growth:
*Feeding 0.12mg of biotin per kilogram of bodyweight (60mg per day for a 500kg horse) for 5 months has been seen to improve hoof growth.
*Feeding 15mg of biotin per day for 10 months has been seen to increase hoof hardness and horn growth.
*Feeding 5mg of biotin per 100-150kg of bodyweight per day for 8-15 months (17-25mg per day for a 500kg horse) has been seen to improve hoof horn condition. However horn condition deteriorated again when supplementation was either reduced or removed.
Several feeds and balancers now contain elevated levels of biotin, including SPILLERS balancers, and when fed at the recommended ration, may reduce or even remove the need for further biotin supplementation.
If you would like to find out more about biotin for horses, get in contact with one of our nutritionists.