diet and nutrition

Nutrition plays a important role in the health, longevity, and performance of our equine companions.  A good relationship with your veterinarian or nutritionist is key to developing a diet that is right for your animals.  A few key things to look at when determining if your horse is on the right feed

Weight

  • Overweight
  • Underweight
  • Routine Body Condition Scoring

Coat quality

  • Length
  • Sheen

Attitude and performance

  • Lethargic
  • Too hot

Age

  • Foal vs Weanling, Weanling vs Adult, Adult vs Senior

It is also important to differentiate nutritional problems from medical conditions that may be having an effect on your horses health. We look at the horse as a whole and make sure that deworming, dental health, wellness, and nutrition are all in line for your horses well being.

Metabolic Disease

Nutrition and your horses management can be affected by ongoing diseases as well. Certain conditions can predispose to laminitis, weight loss, weight gain, or general unthriftiness. Most of these conditions can be managed with proper diet, supplementation, or medication. Below is a list of common nutritional issues or disease commonly found in the horse that can affect their quality of life. 

 

1. Insulin Resistance

2. Equine Metabolic Syndome

3. Cushings Disease (PPID)

4. Hypothyroidism

5. Biotin deficiency

6. Heaves (RAO)