About Dr. Ashley Fowler, Ph.D.

Ashley Fowler has over 10 years of training and experience in equine nutrition. She received her Master’s and Ph.D. in equine nutrition from the University of Kentucky, in the heart of horse country. She also completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Disney’s Animal Kingdom® where she used her nutrition knowledge to evaluate the diets of many different types of animals. Her research has focused on optimizing mineral requirements and examining the impacts that feeding practices have on the environment. When not in the office, Ashley enjoys spending time with her Appaloosa, Duke.

Can Hair Analysis Determine your Horse’s Mineral Status?

By |2022-11-23T13:11:26-05:00November 21st, 2022|Horse Health, Nutrition|

Is hair analysis a reliable way to evaluate your horse's mineral status? Mineral testing is an important aspect of monitoring your horse's health, especially if forages in your area are known to be deficient or excessive in a given nutrient. Horses with certain medical conditions may also need frequent monitoring of mineral levels. In horses, mineral status is most commonly assessed through blood testing, hair samples or by evaluating intake with a forage analysis. These methods each have advantages and disadvantages that impact their usefulness. Hair sample analysis is convenient, but few reference ranges have been established for mineral levels in equine hair, making interpretation of results difficult.

How to Feed a Pregnant Mare – [Nutrient Requirements]

By |2022-10-24T13:53:30-04:00September 2nd, 2022|Nutrition|

Your vet has just confirmed that your mare is pregnant, and you can’t wait for that healthy foal to arrive! When should you be changing her feed? How much weight does she need to gain? What additional nutrients does she require to grow a healthy baby? All these questions are important to consider when planning a nutritional program for your expecting mare. How you feed a mare while she is pregnant not only affects growth and development in utero but can also have lifelong impacts on the foal. Your mare's diet affects the foal's bone and tendon health, neurological development, immune status and more.