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Feeding Performance Horses

Performance horse competitors as a group are renowned for going the extra length to get the best fitting and most comfortable saddle and tack, and the best training regime for conditioning their horse. But what about ensuring your horse is fed an optimized balanced diet using the best possible feed ingredients?

In this presentation, you will be shown how simple it is to fuel a horse in work using feed ingredients that are well suited to its digestive system, with a focus on fiber. Learn why it helps not only with energy and fuel sources, but also immune system responses and gut health. This presentation is aimed at those competing at the top of their sport, for those starting out, and for everyone in between.

Carol Layton B.Sc M.Ed of Balanced Equine is an independent equine nutritionist with a science background and a passion for the optimal feeding of horses based on scientific research. In 2008, Carol enrolled in equine nutrition courses provided by Dr Eleanor Kellon VMD and has been a tutor for students in NRC Plus since 2009. Carol is currently a lecturer in Equine Nutrition for the nationally recognised Certificate of Equine Hoof Care Practitioner course (ACEHP) in Australia. Carol is passionate about teaching and sharing her knowledge of equine nutrition to make it easier and simpler for horse owners. So far she has been a speaker at a number of conferences in Australia, the Functional Hoof conferences in 2011 and 2014 and more recently the 2018 Bowker Conference in Australia. In 2012 Carol presented at the World Hoof Care Conference in Prague, Czech Republic and the PHCP Conference in San Diego in 2016, the 2017 NO Laminitis Conference in Tucson, Arizona USA, and the PHCP Conference in Denver in 2022.

Carol has had horses most of her life and in the last 19 years has been a keen competitor in endurance riding. Her own endurance horse, Omani Mr Sqiggle was a 2009 Australian National Points and Distance horse. Together they have completed at top levels, including the 400 km marathon, Shahzada, NSW State Championship rides and the national championship, the 160 km Tom Quilty.