EQUINE MEETING NOVEMBER 2009
Approximately 140 clients attended our equine meeting on Thursday 19th November 2009. A highly successful and informative meeting was enjoyed by all. Once again Ivybridge Rugby Club proved an ideal venue and provided us with excellent facilities and a delicious buffet.
Richard Hepburn of Willesley Equine Clinic delivered the first talk. This was on Equine Gastric Ulceration Syndrome. (EGUS). This is now understood to be a common condition both in competition and leisure horses and Richard is an acknowledged expert in the field.
Russell Roan a veterinary surgeon working for the pharmaceutical company Vetoquinol then talked about the benefits of feeding Scientifically proven feed additives or nutraceuticals. Much money is wasted with little or no benefit to the horse or pony. It is commonplace for owners to buy anecdotal evidence from the local yard “Expert” or “Knowledgeable Friend”
Many products off the shelf do not list ingredients or the rate of inclusion of active constituents much of the market is represented by products that are not subject to quality control and whose ingredients come from highly questionable resources. There is one commonly used food additive that is simply mixed up in a bathtub at an unknown location.
We encourage clients to come to us for advice so that we can recommend nutraceuticals from ethical drug companies who have invested much time and money into research and quality control. Further more we can target food supplementation so that additives are appropriate to the individual animal. As many of these products are reasonably expensive this approach also represents significant cost –savings.