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Carol Layton B.Sc M.Ed (Balanced Equine) is an independent equine nutritionist with a science background with a passion for the optimal feeding of horses based on research.

In the beginning, as a long term science teacher and horse owner, Carol found it frustrating when trying to obtain evidence based information about feeding horses and how to understand all the myths and marketing that is in the horse industry. After failing to find an evidence based equine nutrition course in Australia that provided the desired scientific depth, Carol enrolled in 2008 in the equine nutrition courses provided by Dr Eleanor Kellon VMD, a world leader in equine nutrition in America. Then in 2009, Dr Kellon asked her to join her staff as the tutor. 10 years later, Carol is still tutoring students from all over the world. Carol has been the lecturer in Equine Nutrition for the nationally recognised Certificate of Equine Hoof Care Practitioner course (ACEHP) since 2011.

Carol is passionate about teaching and sharing her knowledge of equine nutrition to make it easier and simpler for horse owners to understand feeding horses and current research. So far she has been a speaker at a number of conferences in Australia and overseas, including the 2017 NO Laminitis Conference in Arizona USA. Carol explains the myths, fads and marketing ploys, and advocates simple, holistic and cost effective feeding recommendations for all. Carol’s expertise in equine nutrition is not simply about what to feed but also how to best support horses along the lines of timing of feeding, what to feed before and after work and for veterinary issues like laminitis. Carol has had horses most of her life and in the last 19 years has been an enthusiastic competitor in endurance riding. Her own endurance horse, Omani Mr Sqiggle was the 2009 Australian National Points and Distance horse for her weight division which included the 400 km marathon, Shahzada, NSW State Championship and Tom Quilty 160 km championship.

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