Nutrition’s Impact on a Healthy Horse Hair Coat
By Purina Canada
What can be more magnificent than seeing your horse’s coat sparkle under the light of the sun or the glow of a competition ring? Without a doubt, a luxurious coat reflects your horse’s good health and the benefits of your devoted care. Whatever the coat, whatever the colour, horsehair should always be full and shiny.
A horse’s coat, hair, and hooves are largely composed of keratin. Keratin is a fibrous protein material produced by epidermal cells. While many different factors such as genetics and the environment may influence the appearance of a horse’s coat, the keratinization process is significantly affected by poor nutrition.
Several key elements in your horse’s diet are likely to affect the quality and fullness of its coat. A dull, dry, broken, or sparse coat may reflect a deficiency or excess of protein, phosphorus, iodine, zinc, copper, cobalt, or vitamins A, B, C, or E.
Fulfilling your horse’s nutritional needs will also require you to consider both quantity and quality. At the same time, you must take into account your horse’s age, activity level, and physical health. A balanced diet should be comprised of the correct proportions of fibre, starches, fats (including essential fatty acids), protein, vitamins, and minerals.
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