Dietary management is crucial for health, welfare and performance of the horse. Furthermore, according to the structures it represents the first or the second item of expenditure. Guided by independent experts, optimizing the management is a mean to minimize risks of food-borne illnesses, behavior issues and poor sport performances while controlling costs.
The first visit aims to provide an accurate overview of current dietary and training practices of the structure.
With the contextual information, Lab To Field evaluates how the diets match the nutritional requirements. The analysis also focuses on the “healthcare value” of the diet and the feeding costs.
Lab To Field suggests a feeding program that is adapted to the horses and that fits with the context: diets calculated are simple and match the objectives and constraints. If the feeding program is validated by the owner, the transition is gradually set up.
Follow-up tools are proposed to evaluate the benefits provided by the new feeding management for the structure.
Long term support involves all staff, starting with the veterinary practitioner of the structure. The objective is to follow the health and performance parameters that have been set up all along the year. If necessary, diets are adjusted in accordance with the observations or with seasonal concerns.
Complementary services, like conferences, can be provided on demand to explain the management method to the structures’ clients.