Working With An Equine Nutritionist
Veterinarians are typically the No. 1 resource for equine health information, which is very appropriate. However, most vets have not taken courses in equine nutrition, and nearly 25% of surveyed vets offered no nutritional counseling to their clients. It’s not that vets aren’t interested in nutrition; rather, related continuing education is often unavailable. And it’s difficult to be an expert in everything.
Enter the nutritionist, who might work independently, for universities, feed companies, or, yes, even in partnership with veterinarians. Clair Thunes, PhD, of Summit Equine Nutrition, in Sacramento, California, says, “I love to work with vets and feel that it is an important part of providing coordinated care. Working together and combining our expertise results in the best outcome for the horse.”
Nutritionists evaluate a horse’s entire diet. We’ll tell you if you are over- or undersupplementing, feeding too much or too little, and address concerns related to weight management or metabolic or other problems. Importantly, we’ll explain why we make the recommendations we
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