Evidence Based Equine Nutrition

A Practical Approach For Professionals

December 2023
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  • Publisher
  • Published
    4th December 2023
  • ISBN 9781789245110
  • Language English
  • Pages 616 pp.
  • Size 7" x 9"

This book uniquely provides both the scientific basis of equine nutrition and the translation of that science into practical, day-to-day feeding advice. It summarizes the latest research to provide readers with the evidence base needed to both confidently advise those who want to understand the science behind equine nutrition, and apply that evidence into practical advice for anyone who just wants to know how to feed horses.

Both veterinary and animal science courses struggle to provide adequate nutrition training within their syllabuses. Much of the general information available is poorly explained and not evidence based. This book fills that gap, with the author team relaying over 50 cumulative years' experience teaching equine nutrition to both practicing clinicians and students.

Find answers to the most common queries and challenges encountered during nutritional consultations across 17 informative chapters, using typical case-based examples as experienced by the authors. Fully supported throughout with visual aids and photographic illustrations, they show how to easily increase compliance and understanding.

Key topics covered include:

  • How to take a diet history, including which forage and concentrates are most appropriate, and how to interpret the information on feed labels;
  • How to take the horse's history, including workload, body weight and body fat scoring;
  • Supporting achievable and sustainable fat loss in overweight horses;
  • Appropriate rations across a range of performance disciplines and for breeding horses;
  • Appropriate feeds and supplements for competition, including how to recognize potential hazards, signs of quality and issues of feed safety;
  • How to use ration programs, including a range of frequently asked questions for horses with specific nutritional requirements from allergies to obesity.
A recommended resource to support the teaching of veterinary nutrition, this book should also be found on the bookshelf of all veterinarians, animal scientists, trainers, nutritionists, and nutritional advisors.

This book includes forewords by Carl Lester, Honorary Fellow of the British Horse Society and recipient of an MBE for his services to Equestrianism, and Tim Mair, former President of the British Equine Veterinary Association.

1. Why this book?—Teresa Hollands, University of Surrey, UK
2. Taking a dietary history: An overview of the 5th vital sign—Teresa Hollands, University of Surrey, UK and Lizzie Drury, Saracen Horse Feeds, UK
3. Horse information required to check dietary adequacy as part of a dietary history—Teresa Hollands, University of Surrey, UK
4. Diet details: the evidence behind the practice - What are forages- factors effecting feed value and intake—Teresa Hollands, University of Surrey, UK
5. Diet Details - What are cereals and complimentary feeds – the importance of energy sources in the horse’s diet—Teresa Hollands, University of Surrey, UK and Lizzie Drury, Saracen Horse Feeds, UK
6. What are supplements? The importance of micronutrients in the horse's diet—Bryony Witherow, Writtle University College, UK
7. Advising a feed, How to read a label—Lizzie Drury, Saracen Horse Feeds, UK and Teresa Hollands, University of Surrey, UK
8. Which feed – advising a quality feed formulation, quality control and expertise standards—Lizzie Drury, Saracen Horse Feeds, UK and Teresa Hollands, University of Surrey, UK
9. Which fibre- choosing a forage, understanding a forage analysis—Teresa Hollands, University of Surrey, UK
10. Intake Vs Requirements Using Computer Programmes—Lizzie Drury, Saracen Horse Feeds, UK
11. Feeding the leisure horse—Teresa Hollands, University of Surrey, UK
12. Feeding the Performance Horse—Teresa Hollands, University of Surrey, UK and Lizzie Drury,
Saracen Horse Feeds, UK
13. Electrolytes—Rod Fisher, Abbey Equine Clinic, UK
14. Feeding for Breeding—Louise Jones
15. The chronically inflamed (obese) horse: Understanding adipose biology—Teresa Hollands, University of Surrey, UK
16. Feeding the aged horse—Teresa Hollands, University of Surrey, UK
17. Feeding the donkey—Nikki Bell, The Donkey Sanctuary, UK and Faith Burden, The
Donkey Sanctuary, UK

Teresa Hollands

Teresa Hollands is an Applied Biology graduate from Cardiff University where she specialized in human nutrition and biochemistry. She worked for a year, riding out horses and working at a large equine livery and competition yard on the Isle of Man. She then graduated from Newcastle University with an MSc in Animal Nutrition and worked for 5 years as an Animal Nutritionist for Dengie Feeds. She started as an all-round nutritionist working with Lord Raleigh Dairies, Supreme Pet Foods and The National Goat Association. Moving onto specializing in horses, she then worked for Dodson & Horrell Ltd as their senior nutritionist for 19 years where she was responsible for their R&D program, working with colleges and veterinary universities, the development of the International Conferences for Feeding Horses series, as well as sitting on legal and welfare advisory committees. Whilst at D&H she undertook a PhD looking at the interaction between nutrition and hoof quality and subsequently taught second-, fourth- and final-year vet students at most of the UK vet schools. More recently, she provided nutritional support for the British Equestrian Federation and the Para teams in the build up to 2012 and also supported all the BEF Excel teams. She is a registered nutritionist and an auditor for The Association of Nutrition.

Lizzie Drury

Lizzie Drury is one of a new generation of nutritional scientists putting a friendly face and an uncomplicated attitude to a very grown-up and confusing subject! Having studied at Reading University, Lizzie graduated with an honors degree in 'Animal Science', which covered all areas of animal nutrition, from health, welfare through to physiology and biochemistry. Lizzie then went on to gain a Masters Degree in Equine Science and is one of only 8 Registered Equine Nutritionists in the UK. She has followed her passion for horses and concentrated in equine nutrition, working in this field for over 20 years, working with Saracen Horse Feeds for 17 years now as their  Senior Equine Nutritionist. Working within the equine industry and dividing time between research and product development, supporting clients from grass roots through to Team GB Olympic Gold Medal Winners and being a horse owner herself has made Lizzie much in demand because of her up to date practical knowledge, friendly and easy to follow advice that gets results. She is known for giving confidence to horse owners and grooms through to professional riders with regards to correct nutritional management of horses and ponies. Her work has taken her to the Far East as well as all over Europe and the UK working with racehorses, endurance horses, studs and veterinary practices through to retirement/rehabilitation homes and professional dressage yards. Lizzie has extensive experience both with top level competition horses through to riding club horses and grass roots horse owners. A regular name in print, Lizzie continues to write for leading equestrian titles and represent Saracen Horse Feeds through numerous presentations and lectures at riding club level and beyond.

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