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.

Who Makes Nutrition Choices for Your Horse?

I was interested to find the recent paper by Roberts and Murray titled, “Equine Nutrition in the USA: A review of perceptions and practices of horse owners and veterinarians,” a paper accepted for publication in the Journal of Equine Veterinary…

Dexamethasone and Insulin Sensitivity

Dr. Brennan of the Center for Animal Nutrigenomics and Applied Animal Nutrition at Alltech, Inc in Nicholasville, KY, and Dr. Urschel of the Department of Animal and Food Sciences at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, KY (and fellow Canadian)…

What Makes Feed Appealing to Horses?

Ever wonder why your horse might select and prefer one feed over another? Redgate, Cooper, Hall, Eady and Harris reported on feed selection in the Journal of Animal Science (published online February 4, 2014); “Dietary experience modifies horses’ feeding behavior…

Elimination Due to Metabolic Issues in Endurance Horses

Nagy, Murray and Dyson recently published a study in the first issue of the 2014 Equine Veterinary Journal (Volume 46, pages 38-44), titled Descriptive epidemiology and risk factors for eliminations from Fédération Equestre Internationale endurance rides due to lameness and metabolic reasons (2008-2011). In light…

Non-Structural Carbohydrates in Forages

Longland, Barfoot and Harris have conducted extensive research on non-structural carbohydrates (NSC) in forages and feeding management. Their most recent work is forthcoming in the Veterinary Record (doi:10.1136/vr.101820), titled Effect of period, water temperature and agitation on loss of water-soluble carbohydrates and protein…

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