Why use an independent nutritionist?

Qualified independent equine nutritionists like Summit Equine Nutrition offer peace of mind by providing expert and unbiased advice on how best to feed your horse. While they may recommend certain manufacturers’ feeds and supplements, they are not on those companies’ payroll. Therefore, you can be sure their suggestion is truly in the horse’s best interest.

While a nutritionist from a feed manufacturer may give good advice, they are obliged to recommend their own company’s products, which might not be the best choice in your horse’s specific case—costing you money that could be put to better use. Advice given by Summit Equine Nutrition is impartial, practical, clear and tailored to the specific and special needs of each horse in your care.

With so many supplement and feed choices available, it is hard to know exactly which products are best for each horse and whether their nutrition is balanced and ideal for each one’s needs. A balanced diet is crucial to ensure the highest possible health and performance. An independent equine nutritionist can help you make the right feed and supplement choices.

Equine nutrition means much more than just “pet health” in Clair’s mind. She uses her extensive scientific knowledge of nutrition and her many years of practical horse experience to create horse diets that are straight forward, user friendly, cost effective and easy to implement. Clair strives to help owners and trainers understand what nutrients their horses need and why. Armed with this knowledge, her clients can feel confident that they are choosing the best feed program for each horse—and will know when a change might be needed.

In the article titled “Working with a Nutritionist” published by, Heather Smith Thomas explains the benefits to your horse of using this type of qualified professional.  She states, “Sometimes it helps to work with a nutritionist to find out which grains best complement available forages, to design the best diet for a broodmare or a performance horse, or to resolve a nutritional problem.” She continues, “Feeding a horse is like building a house. You can buy all the lumber and other materials needed, but the house can’t build itself. You need the means to put it all together. Horse owners often want to create their own rations, and a good nutritionist can help with this. He or she has the years of training to understand how these materials go together, and how to balance everything and make it come out right.”

Having an annual evaluation by a nutritionist–and following that advice–could result in healthier horses. For those animals having problems such as weight loss or developmental disease, a good nutritionist can even make the difference in their survival and future health.”

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