Horses - Diet and Nutrition/ginger supplement

Advertisement


Question
hello ma'am. what is the purpose of using ginger supplement to racehorses. my trainer uses TWYDIL REINSTALL

Answer
Hello Caine,

Thank you for your question.  There are a number of differing opinions on the suitability of ginger for horses.  Where some suggest it aids digestion, others say that it can be an irritant to the digestive system.  From a purely science-based nutrition perspective, I'm not a fan of a lot of supplements to try and fix nutritional issues.  If your horse has digestive problems, the solution should be fixing the problem, not patching the symptom with a bandaid supplement.

Because there isn't a lot of research to support the use of ginger in horses, I'm going to stay away from making a recommendation on why, how and when to include it in a horse's diet.

Thanks, Corlena

Horses - Diet and Nutrition

All Answers


Answers by Expert:


Ask Experts

Volunteer


Corlena Patterson

Expertise

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.

Experience

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.

Organizations
The American Society of Equine Appraisers

Publications
'Stable Management' Handbook, Equine Canada.

Education/Credentials
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.

©2016 About.com. All rights reserved.