I like to say that my horse nutrition journey began before I was born...my mother passed her horse-loving gene on to me. After all, if I didn't love horses, I wouldn't care about their nutrition.
I was one of those girls that every horse-crazy teenage girl is jealous of -- the one that had 5 horses right outside her back door, including one that was her very own.
Being in a family that thought highly of children having chores, those horses didn't come free. One of my main chores was feeding the horses daily.
Until I was in my late teens, I didn't really think much about what I fed them -- I just fed whatever Mom bought, which was what we had always fed. After all, if it ain't broke, don't fix it, right?
Then Bill entered my life.
I started searching the internet for training information on some issues we were having and stumbled across a forum that had information on horse nutrition.
The more I read, the more I became intrigued. As anyone who starts looking into horse nutrition knows, if you get one question answered, it creates (at least!) two more.
The more I read and learned, the more I wanted to know.
In my readings, I started learning about metabolic issues and realized that Bill displayed signs of a few.
So then came more research to figure out how to best feed him to manage his conditions.
Meanwhile, I was also working on my Bachelor's Degree in Animal Sciences. I took almost every equine-related class I could, as well as every nutrition class -- even one for ruminants. My intrigue with nutrition had grown beyond just horses and into domestic animals in general.
However, my passion still lies with equine nutrition.
In my spare time I was using my University's extensive library to do even more research on horse nutrition. I was lucky to be at a top research university, which gave me access to almost any scientific article I wanted...and I read through many of them!
However, on my journey of learning about equine nutrition, I realized there was a severe lack of websites designed to help the average horse owner learn about nutrition.
Since I was in school and dealing with the details of nutrition (and all the scientific/chemistry details!) on a daily basis, I could understand most of what was available on the web (since most of the useful pages were research articles)...and what I didn't understand, I could take to my professors and have them explain it to me.
However, one of my friends who was also learning along with me was not as fortunate, and was soon often asking me to explain this or that to her. I can't count the number of times she bemoaned the lack of a website that would tell her (in terms she understood!) what she wanted to know.
Thus, the birth of this website.
My hope is that this website will help more horse owners be able to understand more about horse nutrition. I, like many others out there, am a horse owner simply trying to do the best possible by my horses. I would like to clarify -- I am not a veterinarian, nor a professional equine nutritionist. Just a horse owner with a passion for nutrition and sharing information I've learned on my journey.
I've since finished my Bachelor's degree -- and spend my days balancing a career, family, and my passion for horses. Part of my passion for horses is maintaining and growing this website, which also provides a small extra income for our family, which is nice in these uncertain economic times.
Interested in how you can make some extra income on something you love?
Check out this page on how I did it...with NO knowledge of building a website!