Equine Nutrition webinars and seminars with Carol Layton B.Sc M.Ed

A range of webinars are usually available from the Progressive Hoof Care Practitioners website (PHCP):

The Smart Way to Feed Horses
This webinar consists of two parts
Part 1 Growing the best possible hoof
The webinar will focus on the digestive system, the best feeds for horses and the key nutrients that influence hoof health. The hoof is required to withstand impact, abrasion, mechanical injury, noxious substances and pathogens but be flexible enough to absorb and divert the shock sustained on it. Hooves have to be rigid as well as elastic and protect the soft, more sensitive tissues inside. To achieve optimal hoof quality, three aspects can be influenced by our management; hoof care, nutrition and movement. Poor hoof growth, horn brittleness, inflammation, prevalence of infections like seedy toe, and a weak immune system can all have a nutritional component.

Part 2 Feeding laminitic prone horses, common feeding myths
Some horses have a life threatening, metabolic condition that causes insulin to rise, triggering the chain of events that result in laminitis. Laminitis will be explained along with causes including the most common dietary cause, insulin resistance. The aim of the presentation is to educate hoof practitioners so that they can support the owners of these horses and ponies by first explaining what the best and safest feeds are and what the key nutrients are to aid in rehabilitation plus horse management practices. The presentation will cover some related health issues including PPID and look at a number of common myths that confuse horse owners.

Feeding Performance Horses
Performance horse competitors as a group are renowned for going the extra length to get the best fitting and comfortable saddle and tack, the best training regime for conditioning their horse but what about ensuring your horse is fed an optimised balanced diet using the best possible feed ingredients? In this presentation, it will be shown how simple it is to fuel a horse in work using feed ingredients that are well suited to the digestive system of the horse with a focus on fibre, why it helps not only with energy and fuel sources, but also immune system responses and gut health. This presentation is aimed at those competing at the top of their sport and for those starting out and everyone in between.

Feeding for Special Needs
This webinar will have a focus on feeding some of the special needs cases including horses that are predisposed to tying up, whether that can be due to genetic issues (RER, PSSM, EPSM) or non genetic, feeding to prevent and manage ulcers, and older horses that are less able to extract nutrients and energy from forage. There will be an in depth look at the best approach for feeding insulin resistant/laminitic prone horses covering appropriate feeds and also supplements.

Feeding Pregnant and Growing Horses
Compared to mature horses in no work, nutrient requirements are the highest for pregnant to lactating mares, particularly in the first months of lactation, pretty much the same as their actively growing foals. The main difference is that foals require less energy so the intake needs to be more nutrient dense. It makes sense that the breeding/lactation season is when grass is actively growing, spring/summer hence higher in protein and energy. This webinar will look at the needs of a mare through the stages of pregnancy, and then into lactation plus the needs of a growing foal.

Note: All webinars allow for Q&A. Cost is in USD, from $80 non member. The advertised times are in what the Americans call ‘Mountain Time’ (Denver). There is a link to a converter. Recording is available for 6 months from date of webinar.


This is a full day seminar looking at the art and science of feeding horses, for health and well-being, and as far as possible, keeping it simple and cost effective. Based on scientific research of the horses’ digestive system, horse owners will be shown what the best feed ingredients are and why in terms of overall health and performance. By understanding why these types of feeds are so beneficial to horses, better informed decisions can be made for what to buy at their local stock feed retailer from the often confusing and huge array of products on offer and help to navigate the myths and marketing and feed labels.

For part of the afternoon, Carol will focus on dietary laminitis and Cushings (PPID) to help horse owners with choosing from the best and safest feeds and what the key nutrients and herbs are to aid in rehabilitation plus horse management practices.

Past seminars have been held all over Australia and overseas.
About Balanced Equine has a list of past seminar locations and conferences where Carol has been invited to present.

If you are interested in hosting a seminar, email carol.layton@gmail.com

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