Biotin II-P® is a unique concentrated combination of biotin, amino acids, vitamin B6 and zinc sulfate to be used as a daily supplement where ration voids might occur.
- 16 mgs. Biotin/oz.
- Stabilized for extended potency
- Plus Amino Acids
Biotin is a member of the B vitamins family and, like some other vitamins, is a coenzyme for several metabolic pathways. It is involved in glucose metabolism, growth and utilization of niacin. Biotin helps aid in the growth of strong, healthy hooves due to its role in collagen formation. A number of research studies show that long-term, daily supplementation of 10-30 mg of biotin daily may help improve growth rate and hardness of hooves, especially in horses with less than optimum quality hoof horn (soft, brittle, chipped).
Methionine is an amino acid that must be provided in the diet since the body cannot create enough of its own. This means if it is not present in adequate amounts it limits the body's ability to make protein. Methionine can be converted by the body into another sulfur-containing amino acid, cysteine. Because the concentration of both these amino acids is highest in hoof and hair, methionine is often included in hoof health supplements.
Lysine is an amino acid and the only one for which a requirement in the horse has been established by the NRC and used for the biosynthesis of proteins. This amino acid is often the key to improving protein availability and healthy muscle function.
Pyridoxine (Vitamin B6) The Vitamin B family is made up of several compounds that serve many important roles in the body: protein, fat and carbohydrate metabolism; energy production; proper nerve cell transmission and reproduction.
Zinc (Zn) is a micromineral involved in over 100 enzyme systems ranging from support of connective tissue formation and antioxidants to carbohydrate metabolism and immune system function. It is most recognized for its role in healthy skin and hooves.
My 10-year-old quarter horse is fit and appears to be in good health. We usually compete most weekends, and she always does fine. However, she has terrible feet. They grow slowly, crack easily and she is constantly losing shoes, which stops us from competing. As far as I know, she consumes a well-balanced diet. I think she needs a hoof supplement, but there seem to be so many brands, all with different ingredients. Please, can you shed some light on what a good hoof supplements contains?
MVP: Hoof quality is dependent on a balanced ration, and the correct building blocks need to be present to ensure healthy hoof growth. The hoof wall is made up mostly of protein, proteins consist of amino acids, and there are a few specific amino acids that are essential in forming strong healthy hooves. Methionine and lysine are two important amino acids that tend to be limiting, as they can be deficient in horse diets. Without these building blocks, hoof growth is restricted and hoof integrity is likely to be poor. When you look for a hoof supplement, be aware that it should contain methionine in its formulation. The vitamin biotin is most widely known as a key ingredient in hoof health. Studies have shown that biotin levels of 15-20 mg per day have positive effects on the hoof wall. These effects take approximately 6-9 months to achieve so this is something to keep in mind when starting a product.
How long does it take to start seeing results with a hoof supplement?
MVP: Hoof supplements can only affect the new hoof growing out, so you would first see a change after the first few months up near the coronary band. Hooves grow at a rate of about 1/4 inch per month, so it can take up to a year for a new hoof to fully grow out.
I see information regarding the ingredients but have there been any independent lab tests done to verify that the ingredients quantities match the label?
MVP: As a founding member of the National Animal Supplement Council (NASC), our manufacturing facility adheres to strict manufacturing guidelines by following GMPs (Good Manufacturing Processes) and FDA procedures to ensure quality and consistency of products. We implement a variety of quality assurance practices starting from development all the way through every order that leaves our facility to support the quality and accuracy of products. All raw materials must be approved for use according to quality assurance and inspection processes. We also utilize a variety of laboratory analyses to assess the potency and purity of raw materials.