Originally Posted by SavvyHill
Water actually dries out hooves.
?? Even if this were so, dressing the hooves with topical goop doesn't either - it may make the hooves look prettier & soften the outer layer(don't know why anyone would want that) but it doesn't soak in & doesn't effect the health of the hooves.
In addition to Gypse's good advice, biotin can indeed be a good supp for hooves, as it is one of many necessary nutrients that may be lacking in the diet. BUT I would not bother buying a biotin supp. Firstly, as said, it is *one of many* ingredients that are needed, so if that's all you supp, it won't get far without the rest. Secondly biotin is actually one ingredient that is frequently NOT lacking in the diet, so it may be a total waste to supp it. Biotin is particularly present in greed forage and lucerne/alfalfa. So if your horse isn't getting much green pick, adding a biscuit or so of lucerne hay to his diet should give him all the biotin he needs, along with protein, calcuim & other nutritients that alfalfa/lucerne is rich in.