The feet of the horses are subjected to shocks, vibrations and repeated external aggressions. Achieving a good, flexible, strong and wear - resistant horn requires regular maintenance and a balanced supply of all the nutritional factors involved in the development of the keratin, the main constituent of the horn.
Biotin (Vitamin H) but also sulfur, Zinc, Vitamin A and Methionine are of the utmost importance. Nowadays, foods contain too little sulfur. Daily intake of sulfur and biotin improves the quality of the horn.
The daily dose of biotin and the recommended duration are 15 mg per day of pure biotin during the time of a foot swallow ie the complete renewal of the shoe, ie 6 to 8 months. In some cases it may be necessary to perform the treatment for 10 months or more.
The feet react to the external hygrometry, and the "too much is the enemy of the good".
Too much moisture and tissues tend to soften and bacteria and fungi have plenty of time to go into action.
Too much drought will cause desiccation of the tissues, open door to external aggression of bacteria.
Once we understand this basic principle, it is necessary to rehydrate or prevent humidity to return following the season and the biotop.
For the problems of ranges, it is not necessary to use products which will form a film. This will isolate the bacteria inside the foot and somehow protect them. Instead, keep your feet in a clean, dry place and apply a product that is bactericidal and fungicidal to eradicate bacteria and fungi that are longer to treat. If the problem tends to come back after a treatment and even on a biotop clean and apparently healthy, it is that we are facing a proliferation of fungi. It will then be necessary to renew this treatment regularly and as long as necessary.