Lori McIntosh

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Lori McIntosh joins us in 2012 as the latest addition to the Summit Stars team. Lori has a varied background as a hunter jumper and eventer however after completing her degree at University of Texas Austin she returned to equestrianism taking up the sport of endurance.  Together with her 9 year old Arabian gelding Lori has had multiple top 10 finishes over a range of distances.

Lori is based in Morgan Hills California a location well situated for trail riding access on a variety of terrains.  She utilizes a number of training techniques in preparation for her rides including those developed by Pat Parrelli and Linda Tellington Jones.   When not on the back of a horse, Lori may be found behind the lens as an award winning fine arts photographer with a special interest in capturing horses, dogs and their people.  Her talents in equestrian photography can be found displayed throughout this site. Not only do Lori’s horses need optimal nutrition to achieve their performance goals they also have to look stunning for the camera as they are often used as models for her horse photography clients.

More information about Lori and her photography can be found at www.lorimcintoshphotography.com as well as her Whinnies and Woofs blog.

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Brumarba Red Shai (Hot Wheels)

Hot Wheels as he is known around the barn is a 9 year old son of Simeon Shai  (World Champion and 3x National Champion) and Mon Cherie, who as an ex show horse and now top 10 endurance horse exemplifies the versatility of the Arabian breed.  He and Lori’s first 100 mile ride completion put them in 18th place in what turned out to be the fastest held US FEI race in US history at Lake Almanor in July 2011 where the winning time was 6:53 hours.  Goals for 2012 include several 50 miles and back-to back 50 mile rides in build up for 2012 Tevis Cup.

Summit Equine Nutrition first met Hot Wheels in May 2011 during his recovery from an unsuccessful attempt at the 2 day Los Padres 100 mile ride in April.  On day 2 of this ride he started to colic about 5 miles before the finish and while he attempted to keep trotting Lori pulled him up and on the advice of the ride veterinarian took him to Alamo Pintado to treat gas colic. Once there it was determined on admission that he had a condition score of 2 out of 9, weighed 790lbs, and was catabolic meaning that he had been burning muscle protein as an energy source.   The colic was mild and he rebounded over night however it was advised that he be brought up to a body weight of 1000lbs and that the level of grain and protein in his diet be increased.

By the time we saw him his weight was hovering around 925lbs and Lori doubted he would ever reach 1000lbs.  With her sights set on the Lake Almanor 100 mile ride Lori needed a diet for Hot Wheels that would maintain his weight and lead to a successful completion.  His diet at that time consisted of equal parts grass hay and alfalfa, a forage pellet, Triple Crown Senior, a pelleted grain, beet pulp, flax, KER Equijewel rice bran, Cool Calories fat supplement, Platinum Performance, Dynamite TNT, and salt.

Clair’s goal was to:

  • simplifying the ration while at the same time increasing caloric intake,
  • reduce the protein in the diet as too much protein is detrimental to competing endurance horses,
  • increase the fat in the diet while insuring adequate starch so that burning protein would not be necessary, and
  • give Lori options of novel feeds she could give during rides that would not cause digestive upset.

Like a lot of endurance horses Hot Wheels does not readily eat during endurance rides and novel feeds not given at home are used to entice him to eat.  Of course this has the potential risk of causing digestive disturbance.  However by selecting a performance feed with ingredients such as oats as his daily feed Lori could provide plain oats during rides as a novel feed without increasing his colic risk.

Since starting his reformulated ration Hot Wheels has reached his target weight of 1000lbs as well as successfully completing his first 100 mile ride.  Here is just 7 hours after completion.