Smartpak Monday Morning Feed: Ask the Equine Nutritionist, the Importance of Amino Acids for Horses

Balancing a horse’s diet can be difficult. Fortunately, SmartPak (with its vast library of free online resources) is always at the ready to help.

In this special episode of Ask the Vet, SmartPak asked Dr. Nerida Richards, PhD, Equine Nutrition Specialist and founder of, to answer nutrition-based horse health questions.

In this video, SmartPak Staff Veterinarian Dr. Lydia Gray sits down with Dr. Richards to discuss why amino acids are so important to a horse’s diet, as well as some things you’ll start to see in horses who have an amino acid deficiency. They even play around with children’s building blocks — don’t worry, it’ll make total sense when you see why!

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