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I can help with any of your horse nutrition questions and concerns. I have been involved with horses for closing on 40 years, with a B.Sc in Animal Science and currently working on an M.Sc in Equine Science with the University of Edinburgh. I have owned my own feed store, consulted professionally as an equine nutritionist, and lectured in the fields of equine and dairy nutrition at the University level for 5 years. I have developed and currently market 'Ration-X', a ration formulation program for horses...designed for the everyday horse owner. I am happy to help in any way I can.

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Experienced in developing and implementing feed programs for horses of all disciplines, creating custom horse supplements and managing inter-disciplinary equine facilities. Specialize in equine nutrition consulting.


The American Society of Equine Appraisers


'Stable Management' Handbook, Equine Canada.


M.Sc (Equine Science-current), B.Sc(Agr) Animal Science, Equine Sports Massage Therapy Certification, Farrier Certification, Equine Consultant Certification, Certified Equine Appraiser, Certified in Emergency Equine Rescue.

What do you like about this subject?

I enjoy fixing horses!

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

I hope to learn something new every day.

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

There really is no such thing as a hard keeper, there's always a reason a horse can not maintain body condition. The trick becomes finding and fixing that problem.

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Recent Answers from Corlena Patterson

2016-06-18 high sugar levels in grass during mornings - reason:

Hello Roberts,    Although I'm not a plant scientist, I would suggest that plants have the highest sugar levels after a day of sunlight and in fact have low sugar levels at dawn.  Plants make sugar through

2016-06-18 best ulcer supplement:

Hello Roberts,    There is such a wide variety of ulcer supplements, of varying quality and efficacy, that I hesitate to suggest which one is 'the best'.  If you have a horse suffering from ulcers, I would

2016-04-19 best feed for horses in off season:

Hello Roberts,    Thank you for your question.  As with many of your previous general questions on feeding, it is difficult to give you a 'one size fits all' answer.  Every diet should be based on good

2016-03-26 gatric ulcers and diarrlea interrelation:

Hello Roberts,    Diarrhea in horses is not the result of stomach problems in horses as it would be in people.  There is a large degree of separation between a horse's stomach and their colon. But diarrhea

2016-03-06 excess consumption of calcium:

Hello Roberts,    For most nutrients, there is a danger associated with feeding in excess.  Horses can suffer from nutritional toxicities just as they can suffer from nutritional deficiencies.  All things


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