DL Equine Nutrition and Herbal Medicine
Dale is a qualified professional with extensive study, particularly in the areas of equine nutrition and herbal medicine.
She completed her initial science degree at Massey University and then went on to gain further qualifications in Animal nutrition and Welfare in particular horses.
It was while working as an animal nutritionist for a feed supplement company that she discovered a passion for horse nutrition. Having first hand experience with formulating equine feed supplements she began to understand the vast array of feeds and products horse owners are exposed to and the claims that each make. This makes choosing the right product difficult for most people and often we end up spending vast amounts of money on products that our horses don't need or simply cannot metabolise. Having a love of quarter horses (the Labradors of the horse world) and the sport of reining, led her to experience many horse health issues first hand such as laminitis.
This motivated her to the belief that there must be a better way to feed our horses in New Zealand, she went on to further study specifically focusing on areas such as Equine Cushing's Disease and equine metabolic problems, which are an unfortunate common occurrence in New Zealand.
She went back to feeding basics with her own horses, the right type of horse friendly grass species, basic natural feeds such as black sunflower seeds for protein and French White Millet for silica and minerals. As a horse is a herbivore the obvious choice for health and medication is herbs, starting with herbs such as 'Rosehips' for high vitamin C, anti-oxidants and essential fatty acids, and the immune booster 'Garlic' - it doesn't get any better for anti-biotic, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial than this little powerhouse! What a difference she saw in a short period of time in her horses coats, hooves and immune systems.
This focused her passion on complete horse health and led her to gain the best qualifications and knowledge she could in the area of Herbal Nutrition and Medicine for Horses.
She has studied with the renowned Australian Equine Herbalist ‘Victoria Ferguson’ and is the only person in New Zealand to have a qualification as a practitioner in Equine Herbal Medicine.
She is accredited with the International Institute for Complementary Therapists (IICT).