About Noelle Ursel

Noelle has had a burning passion for all things horses since the age of 8. From taking riding lessons and attending horseback riding camps to finally getting a horse of her own, horses have always had a special place in Noelle's heart. She is now the proud owner of a Welsh Thoroughbred cross named Cleopatra, her heart horse. Noelle grew her interests in equine nutrition and physiology while she attended the University of Guelph studying Animal Science. Through working at different boarding facilities, caring for her own horse and volunteering in equine research, she has become determined to learn as much as she can about how humans can help their horses live their healthiest lives. With an Animal Science degree in hand, Noelle will continue to learn more about equine nutrition so that she can help horse owners make the most informed feeding decisions.

How to Build Your Horse’s Topline Muscles [9 Step Guide]

By |2021-07-23T09:36:29-05:00July 23rd, 2021|Horse Health|

Building topline muscle and dealing with topline loss is a common struggle for horse owners. Your horse may have a weak topline due to a variety of factors including nutrition and exercise. Physiological factors such as age or underlying health conditions can also affect topline muscle.

Hoof Growth: How to Feed Your Horse for Best Results

By |2021-05-31T15:09:30-05:00January 1st, 2020|Horse Health|

Given the importance of the hoof, it's important to know that what you feed your horse will have a profound impact on its hoof growth and quality. In this article, we will go over what nutrients your horse needs to grow strong, robust, beautiful hooves and how you as a horse owner can deliver those nutrients in the most effective way possible.

How to Give a New Supplement to Your Horse

By |2021-05-31T15:28:50-05:00December 31st, 2019|Horse Health, Nutrition|

If you have taken the first steps towards feeding your horse a balanced diet that includes a concentrated mineral and vitamin supplement, there's a chance that your horse may turn its head up when first introduced to it. But don't be alarmed - horses don't like change! With some encouragement and patience, however, your horse will come to realize that you only mean the best for their health.

Taking a Hay Sample and Understanding the Analysis

By |2021-05-31T15:30:09-05:00December 11th, 2019|Horse Health|

Feeding a quality forage should be the basis of every feeding program. Given the forage portion will account for the large majority of nutrient intake for your horse, isn't it important to understand what is in that forage? By knowing what is needed to fill in the gaps, you can take the guesswork out of feeding grains, commercial feeds, and supplements to your horse. Obtaining and knowing how to read a hay analysis is a skill that can help you create the optimal starting point for your horse's nutrition program.

Feeding Salt to Your Horse

By |2021-05-31T15:31:01-05:00December 11th, 2019|Horse Health, Nutrition|

Many horse owners do not fully appreciate the significance of providing adequate salt to their equine companion.  In terms of cost to benefit ratio, it would be hard to think of another nutrient with such a low cost that provides the benefits of salt.  This can not be emphasized enough, your horse will not consume too much salt.  To my knowledge, no horse has ever been diagnosed with hypertension (high blood pressure) from excessive salt intake.  The larger problem is the lack of salt intake.

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