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5 things you need to know from EquiSUMMIT™ 2023

If you weren’t one of the 1,300+ horse owners, trainers, nutritionists, veterinarians and farriers who registered for EquiSUMMIT 2023, we’ve got you covered. Here, you’ll find out what you missed, complete with links to all the presentations to watch when it works best for you!

1. Fundamentals of Feeding: Keeping Your Horse Nutritionally Sound

EquiSUMMIT Pull Quote - Dr. Stephen Duren

Dr. Stephen Duren’s presentation centers on the importance of maintaining balanced nutrition for horses and emphasizes that nutrition mistakes can be costly and lead to various health issues. He stresses the importance of understanding a horse’s nutritional needs at various stages of life to avoid potential health issues and costs associated with poor nutrition. Watch Dr. Duren’s presentation to hear him outline the basics of the equine digestive system and dive into the nutritional needs of:

  • Broodmares
  • Growing horses
  • Performance horses


2.  Modern Approaches to Equine Colic

EquiSUMMIT Pull Quote - Dr. Philip Johnson

Dr. Philip Johnson discusses an equine health issue that is all too common for many horse owners. He covers in detail both true colic (caused by gastrointestinal obstruction) and false colic (pain from other organ systems) and the importance of recognizing both behavioral and nonbehavioral signs of colic. Throughout the presentation, Dr. Johnson outlines the potential severity of colic and potential actions to take to ensure the wellbeing of horses. Watch it to learn all about the types of colic, how it’s diagnosed, treatment options (including referral to specialized centers), preventive measures and more. 


3. Probiotics – What They Are and What We Should Be Looking For

EquiSUMMIT Pull Quote - Dr. Jamie Kopper

Dr. Jamie Kopper thoroughly defines what probiotics are and speaks about the criteria for evaluating them — including their viability from purchase all the way into a horse’s gastrointestinal tract — and about research related to their use in horses. In the presentation, she dives into several studies from the early 2000s through today that look at various aspects of commercially available equine probiotics. Watch her presentation to learn what to look for when investing in probiotics for your horses. 


4. Stress Management Through Nutrition: A Multifaceted Approach

EquiSUMMIT Pull Quote - Dr. Clair Thunes

In her presentation, Dr. Clair Thunes speaks in detail about the stressors horses face every day and the vital role nutrition plays in mitigating equine stress. She also provides insights into the importance of specific nutrients, including chromium, in a horse’s diet. Dr. Thunes discusses the positive effects of specific microbials (like Bacillus subtilis) and ingredients (like zinc and butyric acid) on gut health and, therefore, immune function. Watch her presentation to learn more about these topics and about feed ingredient selection.


5. Sweet Temptations: Hidden Starch/Sugar in Your Horse’s Diet and Managing the Metabolic Horse

EquiSUMMIT Pull Quote - Dr. Jyme Nichols

Dr. Jyme Nichols focuses on equine nutrition, particularly for horses with metabolic-related conditions like obesity, insulin resistance, laminitis, and muscle and pituitary disorders in her EquiSUMMIT presentation. She also highlights the role of sugar and carbohydrates in a horse’s diet. Dr. Nichols mentions how these nutrients are necessary but must be limited to avoid metabolic issues. Watch Dr. Nichols’ presentation to learn more about equine body composition, feed sources that can contribute to metabolic problems, and strategies to manage overall sugar intake. 


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