Forage-Only Diets for Competition Horses

Dr. Shannon Pratt-Phillips describes what to consider when switching your competition horse to a forage-only diet.

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Forage-Only Diets for Competition Horses

Forage is a necessary part of any horse’s diet. While many horses thrive on forage-only diets,  can forage alone satisfy all the nutritional needs of a competition horse? Dr. Shannon Pratt-Phillips of North Carolina State University describes how to decide if a forage-only diet is right for your horse in this excerpt from our Ask The Horse Live podcast episode,Creating a Nutrition Plan For The Competition Horse.” 

About the Experts:

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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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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