Originally Posted by allisonjoy
just curious, but my aunt used to use that stuff for her hair. It made it thicker and helped provide dramatic regrowth. Have you guys who use it on your horses seen similar mane/tail growth?
Yes, hooves & hair are the same material & it has been scientifically tested & found to increase rate of growth & strength. But to bsms, you wouldn't see any difference in only 4-6 weeks. It takes around 9 months to start
seeing any change. Hooves grow at different rates for a number of reasons. Diet - so seasons - amount of exercise, nutrition, hoof health, etc all have an effect on growth.
OP, if you are already feeding a well balanced diet and the biotin is fed in excess of that, I wouldn't worry about giving it if there's no special need to grow hooves faster. If you're feeding it as the only supplement, I'd change to one that gives the horse all that he needs, rather than one single ingredient. I wouldn't stop giving it purely because you hope to slow hoof growth for financial reasons tho. If your horse needs trimming 4-weekly, that is not at all absurd and while 6 weeks seems to be the norm, I think most horses benefit from more frequent trimming, as it's always best to *maintain* the shape & function rather than wait for it to overgrow & deform before 'correcting'. Re boot fit, hopefully your trimmer will be happy to give you a couple of lessons in maintaining hooves between trims, so that you can 'brush up' with a rasp yourself.