How Do I Know if My Senior Horse Is Getting Proper Nutrition?

Start by analyzing what your horse is eating when evaluating whether you’re meeting his nutritional goals.
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Analyzing your horse's hay and grain is an ideal way to determine if your horse is meeting their nutritional goals. | Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt/The Horse

Shannon Pratt-Phillips, PhD, said analyzing your horse’s diet with a nutritionist’s help is a good place to start when determining if your horse is getting a proper diet. Bloodwork and other testing can then help identify any nutritional deficits.

This podcast is an excerpt of our Ask The Horse Live podcast, “Feeding Senior Horses.” Listen to the full recording here.

About the Expert:

Shannon Pratt-Phillips

Shannon Pratt PhillipsShannon Pratt-Phillips, PhD, received her Master of Science from the University of Kentucky and her Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Guelph, focusing on equine nutrition and exercise physiology. Pratt-Phillips joined the faculty at North Carolina State University in 2006, where she currently teaches equine nutrition in the Department of Animal Science. She is the director of the Distance Education Animal Science Programs, which includes the Master of Animal Science program, and her field of research focuses on glucose metabolism, insulin resistance, obesity, and laminitis prevention and management in horses.


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