How Do Nutritionists Define ‘Recreational Horses’?

Activity level is an important part of designing diets for horses. In this podcast clip, Dr. Clair Thunes helps horse owners understand what constitutes a “recreational horse.”
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Activity level is an important part of designing diets for horses. In this podcast clip, Dr. Clair Thunes helps horse owners understand what constitutes a “recreational horse.”

This podcast is an excerpt from the Ask The Horse Live Q&A, “Feeding Recreational Horses.” Listen to the full recording here.

About the Experts: 

Clair Thunes

Dr. Clair ThunesClair Thunes, PhD, is an equine nutritionist who owns Clarity Equine Nutrition, based in Gilbert, Arizona. She works as a consultant with owners/trainers and veterinarians across the United States and globally to take the guesswork out of feeding horses and provides services to select companies. As a nutritionist she works with all equids, from WEG competitors to Miniature donkeys and everything in between. Born in England, she earned her undergraduate degree at Edinburgh University, in Scotland, and her master’s and doctorate in nutrition at the University of California, Davis. Growing up, she competed in a wide array of disciplines and was an active member of the U.K. Pony Club. Today, she serves as the district commissioner for the Salt River Pony Club.

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Michelle Anderson is the former digital managing editor at The Horse. A lifelong horse owner, Anderson competes in dressage and enjoys trail riding. She’s a Washington State University graduate and holds a bachelor’s degree in communications with a minor in business administration and extensive coursework in animal sciences. She has worked in equine publishing since 1998. She currently lives with her husband on a small horse property in Central Oregon.

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