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
Natrol Maximum Strength Biotin 10,000mcg, 100ct: Vitamins : Walmart.com
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.
Could you break the pills open and just use the contents inside?
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..
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.
I would not do it without running it by my vet first.
I would call an equine vet just to be sure.
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
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.
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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