Heath & Nutrition

Hi. I’m Dr. Shannon (Pratt) Phillips and I’m a frequent contributor to several of the HPG publications. I grew up in Toronto and used to ride hunters, but now I’m living a little further south with my husband, two kids, cat and corgi dog. I am an equine nutritionist (MS and PhD in equine nutrition), and my job at North Carolina State University is to teach and conduct research in the area of equine science and nutrition. I like to write because it gives me an opportunity to bring the equine nutrition and health research findings to the end users – the owners, trainers and ultimately the horses themselves.

Toxic Horse Feed Contaminated by Livestock Antibiotics

I recently became aware of a situation in which horses might have been exposed to ionophores in an equine feed. Ionophores (salinomycin, monensin, lasolocid, semduramicin, narasin, etc.) are types of antibiotics added to cattle, swine and poultry feed that help…

Teff hay is typically less than 10% non-structural carbohydrate on an as fed basis.

“Low Carb” Diets for Horses

The growing number of horse that are overweight and/or have metabolic problems, are prone to laminitis, PSSM (polysaccharide storage myopathy) or have other issues creates an increased need for low non-structural carbohydrate (NSC, starch and sugar), or low carb, diets….

Is Lasix an Effective Preventative Tool for EIPH?

The Equine Science Society is a group of equine scientists specializing in nutrition, exercise physiology, reproductive physiology, genetics, bioscience, production and management and teaching and extension. Their conference was held at the end of May, and over the next few…

New App Has Heart Rate and GPS Monitors

The Equine Science Society is a group of equine scientists specializing in nutrition, exercise physiology, reproductive physiology, genetics, bioscience, production and management and teaching and extension. Their conference was held at the end of May, and over the next few…

Are There Benefits to Feeding Teff Hay?

The Equine Science Society is a group of equine scientists specializing in nutrition, exercise physiology, reproductive physiology, genetics, bioscience, production and management and teaching and extension. Their conference was held at the end of May, and over the next few…

Is Whole-Body Vibration Beneficial?

The Equine Science Society is a group of equine scientists specializing in nutrition, exercise physiology, reproductive physiology, genetics, bioscience, production and management and teaching and extension. Their conference was held at the end of May, and over the next few…

My Horse is Not a Fan of Fish Oil

So my lovely older guy decided that he would not/could not eat any of the big jug of fish oil I’d bought him (but luckily I was able to give it to another horse in the barn and now HE…

What do I feed MY horse?

After many years of graduate school, beginning a career and then motherhood, I am finally back into the world of riding. I have recently started a lease on an older gentleman with many miles in the ring, and I look…

Mare Body Condition and Foal Birth Weight

The Henneke Body Conditioning system (that uses a scale of 1-9 to describe fat coverage in horses, with a score of 1 representing an emaciated horse, while a 9 represents a grossly obese horse) was originally contrived to better describe…

Is Your Horse Acting Witchy?

As Halloween approaches, we think of jack-o-lanterns, ghosts, goblins and, of course, witches. The most famous were the witches of Salem, Massachusetts. The story began when two girls, ages 9 and 11, started contorting themselves into strange positions and having…

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