Equine Nutritional Consulting

Dr. Sheila Schils

What are the benefits of Nutritional Consulting?

In the last 10 years, a considerable amount of new information on Equine Nutrition has become available. For example, nutritionists today recommend 12 times the level of Vitamin E that was recommended in 1989 by the National Research Council. A nutritional consultant will use the most current research to develop a nutritional plan that will keep your horse at maximum health and performance.

How is a Nutritional Plan developed for your horses?

The consultant will discuss with you your horse's specific nutritional requirements. Then, a plan will be tailored to provide your horse with the best possible nutrition, at the best possible price and convenience. A change in your current plan may not only provide your horse with better nutrition, but also be more cost effective.

Which horses benefit the most from Nutritional Consulting?

All horses need a solid nutritional program, however some classes of horses are more susceptible to even small deficiencies in their diets. Horses that require close monitoring of their diet include:

Young, growing horses.
Brood mares during gestation and lactation.
Horses in serious training that are working at peak levels of performance.
Horses that are being stabled at different locations with different feed sources available.
Breeding stallions.
Horses rehabilitating from injury.

How often do you need to evaluate your Nutritional Program?

Some classes of horses will require periodic updates to the master nutritional plan. For example, young horses will need a brief, annual review of their nutritional plan until they reach maturity. However, a mature horse kept at the same level of work can stay on the same plan for years.

How much does the Consultation cost?

Nutritional consultation and planning fee $50.00/hr-- (Minimum consultation fee is $50.00)
A typical nutritional plan for an entire barn housing one class of horse, would require an average of 2 hours of consultation and development.

Who is your Nutritional Consultant?

I have taught University Equine Science courses in a Pre-Veterinary Science Program for the past 19 years. I have a master's degree in Equine Nutrition and a Ph.D. in Kinesiology/ Biomechanics. I have also been a horse owner and active in the horse industry as a competitive rider. This diverse background allows me to better analyze the needs of your horse both scientifically, as well as practically.

Please contact me if you have any questions or would like to schedule a consultation.

Dr. Sheila Schils, Ph.D
N8139 900th Street
River Falls, WI 54022

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