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10 Reasons to Use an Equine NutritionistBy Kentucky Equine Research Staff · June 8, 2012

Horse owners often maintain a roster of professionals to keep their charges in the best of health. A veterinarian, farrier, and dentist are usually the core professionals, while other horse owners hire acupuncturists, chiropractors, massage therapists, and possibly other practitioners . Yet, so few horse owners seek the guidance of a qualified equine nutritionist to fine-tune their horses’ diets.  Consider these 10 reasons for adding a nutritionist to your horse’s health-care team.

  • Nutritionists offer horse owners reassurance that they are doing the right thing for their horses.
  • Nutritionists help horse owners weed out misinformation from unreliable sources such as some websites.
  • Nutritionists take the emotion out of decision-making because the advice comes from a third party.
  • Nutritionists spend their lives studying and reviewing the information pertaining to their specialty and oftentimes have the latest scientific findings at their fingertips.
  • Nutritionists have the know-how and the tools to balance diets so horse owners do not have to worry about mathematical errors.
  • Nutritionists have the experience of dealing with various types of horses involved in numerous disciplines.
  • Nutritionists provide the best recommendations for feeding horse with specific problems.
  • Nutritionists ensure horse owners are feeding the right type of feed for a given horse's specific needs.
  • Nutritionists help horse owners choose the best combination of supplements for horses that require them, without worry of oversupplementation.
  • Nutritionists often find ways to reduce feeding costs while still providing the horse with optimal nutrition.

Be sure to employ an expert in equine nutrition. Other livestock nutritionists, like those that specialize in cattle or sheep, might not know the nuances of equine feeding management.

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