CUSTOMIZED NUTRITION PLAN
TO MEET YOUR HORSE'S NEEDS
NOT ALL FEEDING SITUATIONS ARE THE SAME
The truth is that no two feeding regimes are exactly alike. Whether it's because of different farms, pastures, hay quality, age or activity levels, every owner needs a nutrition plan that's perfect for their horse. We can provide a variety of feeding options to address any horse's needs. By promoting a healthy intestinal environment, a horse's own immune system functions more effectively, allowing the horse to remain healthy and at optimal performance.
THE GREAT AIM OF EDUCATION IS NOT KNOWLEDGE, BUT ACTION
With a Bachelor's degree in Pre-Veterinary Medicine and previous employment with feed companies, Mel realized that nutrition is a vital part of the horse's overall health in appearance and performance. Unless your were raised with horses, you depend on others to make decisions on how to feed and care for your horse, while you focus on training. Most don't realize that feed affects your horses body condition for ability, endurance, and performance. Your horse's health is directly linked to the intestinal system, which is limited by fermentation in the hindgut. While bacteria improves digestion, enzymes aid the small intestine in the absorption of nutrients. A horse's feed program is only as good as the raw materials consumed. The end result is a more digestible energy source for your horse.
INDIVIDUALIZED NUTRITION PLAN
STEP 1 - EVALUATION
ESTABLISH A BASELINE
Evaluations can be done on site or virtually.
During the evaluation, we will first examine the horse and their environment. After analyzing a body condition score, weight, current feeding program and desired goals we can then start to build a plan to optimize your horse's potential. A well balanced diet includes protein, acid detergent fiber, neutral detergent fiber, fat, vitamins and minerals. How your horse obtains these essentials depends on location within the country, feed store availability, budget and any special dietary concerns. But, in any case, forage is first! Horses should consume approximately 2 to 2.5 percent of their body weight. After we determine what is the best forage source for your horse we can then build a feeding plan to fill in the blanks that the forage cannot cover alone.
We will learn how to properly interpret feed labels and some tips and tricks to see through feed company's effective marketing strategies. Because we are independent from any feed company affiliations we are able to make unbiased recommendations that feed company representatives are not able to. After, we gather all information needed we can then start implementing the plan.
STEP 2 - IMPLEMENTING THE PLAN
ASSESS & KNOW YOUR VARIABLES
Because horses need a little help.
Once the initial evaluation is complete, we will contact your local feed store to determine the hay and feed available. Not all feed stores have access to every feed company or hay on the market. Some feed companies are not sold nationally and are just regional brands. The dietary needs of different breeds such as warmbloods versus thoroughbreds vary due to the way their bodies metabolize nutrients. Warmbloods typically need a controlled starch & sugar diet to avoid metabolic symptoms later in life while thoroughbreds can handle a starchier diet. In any case, the end result should be a more digestible energy source for your horse. Although you might notice changes within the first 2 weeks, we give the horses a full 6 weeks to adjust to the changes before we can decide if we're on the right track.
STEP 3 - FOLLOW UP
Discover the difference.
6 weeks after we implement the new feeding program we conduct another evaluation. Ideally, we should see an improved body condition score, weight changes and improved riding performance if the horse is in work. Depending on the results, we may make minor adjustments to further optimize the plan. It is important to take note of any changes you feel the horse is exhibiting, good or bad, so we can make informed decisions moving forward. Metabolic needs change as horses get older. A yearly consultation is recommended to keep your horse in peak performance.