A Look at Pony Club’s Feeding Rules

Our nutrition expert, who’s also a USPC regional supervisor, shares the basic nutrition rules every Pony Clubber learns.
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A Look at Pony Club
Horses in their natural setting eat for many hours a day and, as a result, they constantly secrete stomach acid whether they are eating or not. | Photo: iStock

When not working as an equine nutritionist I serve as the regional supervisor of the Sierra Pacific Region of the United States Pony Clubs (USPC). My love of equine nutrition started when I was a Pony Clubber in England, where I first learned about feeds and feeding.

II thought I would share with you the rules of feeding as they appear in the “Pony Club D Manual of Horsemanship,” along with my explanation of each rule’s importance. Our youngest Pony Clubbers learn these rules for good feeding, and we all would do well to remember them as we manage our equine partners

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Clair 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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