Dr. Nerida Richards

Dr. Nerida Richards

Horse Health

Dr Nerida Richards B Rur. Sc (Hon1) PhD RAnNutr Nerida graduated from the University of New England with a degree in Rural Science in 1999 and a PhD in Equine Nutrition in 2004. Nerida is a registered animal nutritionist (equine) with the Nutrition Society of Australia.

Nerida founded Equilize Horse Nutrition in 2003 and has been working as a consulting equine nutritionist ever since, providing high level technical support to feed and supplement companies in Australia and abroad.

The last 16 years has seen Nerida work with more than 30 companies, focusing on product development, education, research and on-farm support. Nerida also developed and commercialised the FeedXL.com ration balancing software that is used extensively by horse owners here in Australia as well as the USA, Canada, the UK, New Zealand, the Middle East and South East Asia.

A true country girl at heart, Nerida has always had a love of horses, a passion for agriculture and a zeal for and natural understanding of nutrition. In her typical style of combining credible science with practical knowledge and a bunch of props she stole from her kids, Nerida shares her knowledge in a way that is easy to understand and simple to put into practice to improve the health and performance of your own horses.

Education Sessions

My Horse is Crazy! My Horse is Lazy!

9.45am - 10.30am Friday, 22nd November | Small Demo Arena - Hall 2

Horses, some are 'hot', some are 'lazy'. We all want calm, responsive horses to ride, but how do we achieve this? While education plays a huge role in getting the best out of each type of horse, nutrition plays an equally important role in keeping the hot horse calm and in getting the lazy horse moving! Learn how to feed, what to feed, when to feed and why to get the best out of your 'crazy' or 'lazy' horses. Also learn what not to do when feeding a hot horse, the pitfalls to avoid when feeding a lazy horse and the conditions like tying up and mycotoxicosis you need to look out for that could be causing some of the behavioural issues you are seeing.

Nutrition for Muscle and Joint Health

10.45am - 11.30am Saturday, 23rd November | Classroom 1

This lecture will look in detail at: - Feeding for muscle: focusing on protein quality, the role of leucine and a look at the types of protein used in Australian horse feeds and their pros and cons. - Feeding healthy joints: looking at the importance of lifetime balanced nutrition right from conception for healthy joints, with a focus on minerals and protein. - The role can supplements play: Here we will focus on the importance of diet first, THEN supplements if justified. We will look at main supplements that may assist muscles and joints. - Nutrition related diseases that will affect joint and muscle health: including nutritional secondary hyperparathyroidism (bighead disease) and tying up
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