16 May Tim Bourke on Getting a Horse Fit for Rolex CCI****
by Dr Clair Thunes PhD Nutrition
Consulting Nutritionist for EnviroEquine & PET
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Getting a horse fit to complete Rolex or any CCI**** takes many months of conditioning work and preparation. Hours of walking, trot sets, and hill gallops interspersed with skill work perfecting dressage and jumping technique. Every rider’s program is a little different based on their individual horse’s needs and the facilities they have access to. Similarly nutrition programs vary.
EnviroEquine ambassador Tim Bourke doesn’t change much when it comes to his horse’s nutrition in the run up to a big competition like Rolex. “If it ain’t broke don’t fix it” is Tim’s philosophy and it is the philosophy that took him and Luchaun Quality to a 16th place finish at this year’s Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event.
If the horses' coats are good and their feet are good and I feel like the horses are going really well, I’m not going to change anything just because there is a big competition.
Tim Bourke, 4* 3-Day Eventer
Tim used EnviroEquine GastroBalance and ElectroBalance in combination with his regular commercial grain to fuel Luchaun Quality to his Rolex finish. “I couldn’t be happier with my horses and I actually couldn’t be happier with the product” says Tim.
Luchaun Quality is now getting 4 to 6 weeks of well-earned rest at pasture before gearing up for the fall season. While his grain is cut in half due to the reduced work load Tim continues with the EnviroEquine products. They help support gastrointestinal health while on pasture and provide important micronutrients such as copper and zinc that can be lacking when commercial feeds are fed at reduced rates.
Consulting Nutritionist for EnviroEquine Dr. Clair Thunes is passionate about her profession—one that she decided upon at the age of 14. After earning a Bachelor of Science with Honors from Edinburgh University, and a Master of Science in Animal Science and a PhD in Nutrition from the University of California, Davis, Dr. Thunes went on to found Summit Equine Nutrition LLC an independent consulting company in 2007. An experienced nutritionist and accomplished scientist, Dr. Thunes understands the vital role that nutrition plays in managing horses today. Most importantly, she believes in making nutrition accessible to everyone and removes the guesswork so that owners have the peace of mind that their horse’s diets are optimal for maximum health and peak performance. Her clients include all horses from competitors at the 2016 Rio Olympics to retired pasture friends, mules and miniature donkeys. She writes a weekly online commentary for theHorse.com and her nutrition articles have been published in noted publications including: The Horse, Equine Wellness, Trail Blazer, Horse & Rider and The Horse Report. Besides consulting she teaches equine nutrition and equine exercise physiology in the Animal Science Department at UC Davis and equine health at Cosumnes River College. Clair continues to be involved with The United States Pony Clubs, Inc. and she is currently the Regional Supervisor for the Sierra Pacific Region.
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