Feeding the Senior Horse


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Internal Medicine – Endocrinology, Haematology, Infectious Diseases, Parasitology & Oncology



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Recorded on: 30th May 2023


Amanda Adams   BS, PhD – University of Kentucky, USA
Nico Galinelli   DVM – University of Melbourne, Australia
Nicola Jarvis   CertAVP(EM), CertAVP(ESST), MRCVS – The Redwings Sanctuary, UK


Pat Harris   MA, PhD, DECVCN, VetMB, MRCVS – Waltham Petcare Science Institute & MARS EquestrianTM, UK



Treatment of senior horses is becoming an increasingly important part of many veterinarians’ practice.  As in human medicine, nutrition is key to helping horses to be as healthy and active as possible as they age.  In all species there are changes in body composition, physical strength and physiological function with age which need to be taken in to account when managing older horses. Some horses remain physically active and healthy well into their twenties and even thirties yet others become “geriatric” by mid-teens which demonstrates that one generic nutrition and management plan for all senior horses is not appropriate and highlights the importance of adjusting according to the individual animal and its specific needs both currently and as it continues to age. 

Join our multidisciplinary panel of internationally renowned experts as they discuss the core nutritional considerations for the aging equid with special consideration given to managing those with osteoarthritis, dental issues and/or PPID.


Dr. Amanda Adams is an Associate Professor at the Gluck Equine Research Center, University of Kentucky. She is also Adjunct faculty at Lincoln Memorial University, College of Veterinary Medicine, and has been recently honored as a Mars EquestrianTM Fellow, specializing in the care of senior horses. As a lifelong horse woman, she was diverted from vet school by interest in equine research after internships with Boehringer Ingelheim during her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology obtained at Stephens College. She then went on to complete her PhD in Veterinary Science with an emphasis in Equine Immunology from the University of Kentucky and then completed a Paul Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in areas of Immunology and Endocrinology at the Gluck Center. She then succeeded through the ranks at UK as Research Assistant Professor, Assistant Professor and now Associate Professor. Currently, her research program encompasses the study of equine immunology and endocrinology in the areas of aging, obesity/endocrine diseases/laminitis, and stress. Her research program is world renown in that she has established and supports a unique herd of aged, PPID, obese/metabolic syndrome, insulin dysregulated horses that are maintained at the Gluck Center, for both basic and applied research to further our knowledge in these areas in order to improve the health and well-being of the aging horse population. Her research program has been supported by Foundations (AQHA, MAF, Waltham-Buckeye Equine Grant), USDA-ARS, as well as the Pharmaceutical industry (Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Zoetis, Neogen) and Nutritional industry (Purina, Alltech, Mars). She has given invited talks both Nationally and Internationally. She has published 40+ peer-reviewed publications, is the author of 2 book chapters and has trained a number of undergraduate students, graduate students, vet students, post-docs and visiting scientists.

Nicolas graduated as a veterinarian from the University of La Plata in La Plata, Argentina, in 2005. He then spent some time working as a equine clinician in different farms in Argentina before moving abroad. He worked in several equine hospitals in different countries such as Saudi Arabia, Colombia and the UAE. In 2016, Nicolas moved to Belgium where he completed his residency at Ghent University in the European college of Veterinary and Comparative Nutrition, specifically focused in Equine Nutrition.

Nicolas moved to Australia in 2020 where he started his PhD candidature at the University of Melbourne, where he is currently working on a project entitled “Improving our understanding of Equine Pituitary Pars Intermedia Dysfunction (PPID): Implications for diagnosis, treatment and management”. Nicolas had the chance to work at the U-Vet equine Centre as a clinical tutor during 2020 and 2021. He continues to be involved with the research work in his project. Nicolas’ main professional interests are equine endocrinology, internal medicine and nutrition. In his spare time, he enjoys taking pictures, hiking, camping and snorkelling.

Nicola qualified from the Royal Veterinary College, London, UK in 1990 and started her career in mixed practice where her passion for equine work began. In 1993 Nicola joined Rossdales Equine Veterinary Surgeons in Newmarket to complete a two year internship and went on to locum at several large equine practices before joining Redwings Horse Sanctuary in 1996.

Redwings Horse Sanctuary is equine charity providing a home to over 1,500 horses, donkeys and mules and focuses on rescue, rehabilitation, rehoming and education.

Nicola is now Head of Veterinary and Care at the charity and works with a large, experienced team of veterinary surgeons and nurses to provide medical and surgical care for equines at the sanctuary. She gained her certificate of Advanced Veterinary Practice in Equine Medicine in 2012 and Equine Surgery Soft Tissue in 2013.

Redwings Horse Sanctuary cares for a significant number of older equines, many of whom require specialist care, management and feeding, which is where Nicola’s interest in geriatric medicine and nutrition began. She has published clinical articles in both peer-reviewed journals and books and regularly lectures at conferences and courses for veterinary surgeons, equine nurses and horse owners.

After qualifying from Cambridge University, Pat completed her Ph.D. at the Animal Health Trust into the Equine Rhabdomyolysis Syndrome. She joined the Waltham Centre for Pet Nutrition (now Waltham Petcare Science Institute) in 1995. As Director of Science for Mars Horsecare and head of the WALTHAM™ Equine Studies Group, she is responsible for their equine research conducted in collaboration with experts at institutes and universities globally. This provides the science behind the SPILLERS™, BUCKEYE™ Nutrition, and WINERGY™ brands. She is also a scientific advisor to MARS EQUESTRIAN™.

Pat is a European Specialist in Veterinary Clinical and Comparative Nutrition, an RCVS recognized specialist in veterinary clinical nutrition (equine), and a British Equine Veterinary Association Past-President. She is also a member of several international society and charity boards and holds, or has held, a number of academic posts within various institutions around the world.

Pat lectures internationally on nutrition as it affects the health, welfare, behaviour, and performance of the horse. She is the author or co-author of over 500 scientific papers, abstracts, and book chapters with recent emphasis on obesity, laminitis, and senior horse nutrition. She was the co-editor for the 2021 Veterinary Clinics of North America Equine Practice on Equine Nutrition and co-authored two chapters including one on ‘What would be good for all veterinarians to know about Equine nutrition'.

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