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post #1 of 11 Old 05-04-2013, 11:36 PM Thread Starter
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Walmart's Biotin

Can I use the Biotin pills sold at walmart (10 mgs per pill) for my horse instead of buying a Biotin supplement made specifically for horses?

I'd imagine it'd work, but I figured I might as well check with good ole HF before trying it :P

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post #2 of 11 Old 05-05-2013, 04:24 PM
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Remember that pressed pills have a lot of fillers in order to press them together into pill shape. This makes them harder to digest and it takes a lot longer for the body to break them down and absorb the active ingredient, in this case biotin. Horses digestive tracts are pretty short. Here is a quote from Practical Horseman:

"In horses, digesta usually passes through the stomach within two hours, though it can be as short as 15–20 minutes. The faster digesta moves, the less efficient digestion processes may be."

So I would say, while it probably would not harm your horse it would probably be a waste of money. Most of it would get pooped out I would think.

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post #3 of 11 Old 05-05-2013, 04:34 PM
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Could you break the pills open and just use the contents inside?
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post #4 of 11 Old 05-05-2013, 04:38 PM
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yes. you should be able to .So long as there are not other things added to it.
But look at the ingredient list on the horse product, because I think to for a horse to utilize biotin it needs to have some other vitamin,, i cannot remember the name.. brain dead today..
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post #5 of 11 Old 05-06-2013, 12:00 AM Thread Starter
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I couldn't find anything PURE biotin.

Biotin, Calcium, Cellulose, Stearic Acid, Silica, Magnesium Stearate, Methylcellulose, Cellulose Gum, Glycerin.

Those are the ingredients. They're not in the gelatin caps.
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I would not do it without running it by my vet first.

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post #7 of 11 Old 05-06-2013, 01:40 AM
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I would call an equine vet just to be sure.
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I think it would be OK safety wise, though I'd definitely double check with a vet first. Assuming the vet gives it the all-clear I'd give two to three pills a day and grind them up to help them digest faster.

Remember that with biotin, it will take a while to see a difference since it will not improve the existing hoof wall- just the new stuff as it grows in. Also, if you do see an improvement, you should plan on keeping your horse on biotin permanently; once you take the horse off it the quality of the new growth will revert back to what it was before. Here's a good article on supplementing biotin: Biotin Basics: News: Kentucky Equine Research
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post #9 of 11 Old 05-06-2013, 01:52 PM
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I would not use the OTC biotin from walmart... You can for probably way cheaper buy one specifically formulated for horses... I would check ebay or statelinetack...

this is what I use and its price starts at about $12.00

Supplements for humans tend to have mercury and lead in them.

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post #10 of 11 Old 05-06-2013, 02:55 PM
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Vita Biotin Crumbles actually comes out to be much more expensive. It only has 6 mg of biotin per oz, at $.28 per oz. Each of the pills OP linked to have 10 mg of biotin and cost $0.08 each. The article I linked to recommended a minimum of 15 mg per day to see a difference.
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