Madeline Boast
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A Bit About Me and my Horse(s)
I am an equine nutritionist in Ontario Canada. After completing my MSc. at the University of Guelph I started my own independent equine nutrition consulting company - Balanced Bay. I now offer hay testing, balanced diets, as well as both on-farm and remote consultations.

One of the main reasons I pursued nutrition in school is due to the metabolic struggles I had with my mare Piper. We used to do both field hunting and dressage but now our focus is simply on enjoying rides together.

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The Importance of an On-Farm Nutritionist

Keeping a horse in optimal condition is a team effort. A veterinarian, farrier, nutritionist, and trainer all play an important role in the horse’s well-being. Many horse owners use the expertise of a nutritionist to not only ensure that their horse is not deficient in any nutrients but to also improve the ration. This can resolve issues such as delicate hooves, over-conditioning, inappetence etc.



Posted on November 20, 2022 at 11:21am

Equine Body Condition Score Misconceptions

This week’s blog is a little bit different than normal. Instead of a broad nutrition topic, we are diving into a recent publication from the Journal of Equine Veterinary Science, A survey: Horse show judges’ perceptions on equine adiposity. The objective of this study was to survey judges’ views on the level of adiposity in horses and ponies in various competition types as well as track their ability to distinguish different levels of…


Posted on November 20, 2022 at 11:08am

The Epidemic of Equine Obesity

Obesity is defined as the accumulation of excess fat tissue on the body and is a prevalent issue in the equine industry. Obesity in companion animals, including horses, has been on the rise. Horses have a unique relationship with humans as they are companion animals, sport animals and working animals.…


Posted on November 20, 2022 at 11:03am

Hay Nets vs. Slow Feeders

Horses have evolved to graze for upwards of 16-18 hours per day. Unfortunately, modern management tends to revolve around meal feeding. There is a significant amount of research on how encouraging slow feeding improves equine welfare. This is typically done with a hay net or slow feeder. This article will summarize the research on hay nets and slow feeders as well as discuss the best option.…


Posted on November 20, 2022 at 11:00am

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