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.
Because the health consequences of obesity are severe, it is important for horse owners to learn how to accurately and objectively assess their horse’s body weight and condition. Body weight estimation equations are available for light horse breeds, ponies and read more
There is ample research available regarding the benefits of soaking hay: 1) to reduce water soluble carbohydrate content for horses that may be sensitive to sugars, such as those with insulin resistance, equine metabolic syndrome or polysaccharide storage myopathy; and read more
The Equine Science Society recently held their symposium, and as usual, there was an excellent assortment of equine research studies in areas of nutrition, exercise physiology, reproduction, genetics, production and management, and teaching and learning. In the next few months read more
Ensuring your horse is getting all of his required nutrients is important for his overall health and nutrition. As a nutritionist, I feel the best way to determine if a diet is meeting a horse’s nutritional needs is to evaluate read more
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