About Scott Cieslar, M.Sc.

Scott grew up on a mixed animal/cash crop farm near Wyoming, Ontario. His interest in animal nutrition and physiology took him to the University of Guelph where he graduated with a Master of Science. The research focused on the regulating factors of mammary blood flow. He had the opportunity to study abroad at the University of Queensland, Australia, where he participated in a study on seasonal protein depression in dairy cows and helped to refine the methodology for determining microbial protein production in ruminants. During his time at Guelph he had the opportunity to work with some of the top equine researchers in exercise physiology, focusing on fluid and electrolyte balance in exercising horses and testing novel hardware for a non-invasive method for measuring hydration status. Since graduation, Scott has worked in the feed industry as a nutrition and management consultant for feed companies in the Maritimes and Ontario and most recently with Alltech Canada. Currently, he is in the process of completing a PhD; whilst continuing to develop his equine nutrition consulting business at Mad Barn Inc. Scott’s interest in horses developed at a young age when his father purchased their first standardbred broodmare. From there he pursued his interest in horses - working with the local veterinarian; grooming and training racehorses; and during university working at a local breeding farm. He brings a breadth of experience to Mad Barn Inc.

How to Feed a Horse on a Budget

By |2022-10-23T22:31:38-04:00April 14th, 2020|Nutrition|

Horses are expensive. Now that we have the obvious out of the way, let’s get down to business.  What are some of the ways you can save money on equine feed while still giving your horse the nutrition he or she needs? Horses can consume over 3% of their bodyweight per day in feed and forage.  For a 500 kg horse, which we will be our reference throughout, that’s 15 kg (33 lbs)/day.  At 35 cents a kilogram for hay, forage alone would cost over $150 per month.  As they say, 'there is no such thing as a free horse'.

EGUS – Equine Gastric Ulcer Syndrome

By |2023-04-28T14:57:34-04:00July 7th, 2015|Conditions, Gut Health, Nutrition, Performance|

Let's save the boring stats that every article discussing equine gastric ulcers quotes. If you keep your horse in a stall and/or do any level of training and you are still reading this article, there is an extremely [...]