Managing the Aging Competition Horse

Dr. Anna Pesta-Dunaway talks about the change in nutritional needs that occurs as horses age and how to manage it if they are competing.
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Some older competition horses have different nutritional needs than their younger counterparts. Dr. Anna Pesta-Dunaway of Purina explains how to know if your older performance horse’s dietary needs are being met or if he needs a new nutrition plan in this clip from our Ask The Horse Live podcast episodeCreating a Nutrition Plan For The Competition Horse.” 

About the Experts:

Anna Pesta Dunaway

Dr. Anna Pesta Dunaway,

Dr. Anna Pesta Dunaway, PhD, is a Nutritionist on the Equine Technical Solutions Team at Purina Animal Nutrition. She is responsible for helping to bring innovative solutions from the research team out to the field. She spends most of her time providing technical consultations and support to the sales team on the East Coast, as well as speaking on equine nutrition at horse owner meetings and professional conferences. Anna earned her BS in Animal Science from Kansas State University and received both her MS and PhD in Animal Nutrition from the University of Nebraska. Her graduate research focused on the use of high fat diets and manipulating the microbial community in the gut. Anna resides in Aiken, SC and is a lifelong equestrian with a special interest in the nutrition and development of the future sport horse.

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Haylie Kerstetter, Digital Editor, holds a degree in equine studies with a concentration in communications and a minor in social media marketing. She is a Pennsylvania native and, as a horse owner herself, has a passion for helping owners provide the best care for their horses. When she is not writing or in the barn, she is spending time with her dog, Clementine.

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