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Equilize Horse Nutrition


Equilize Horse Nutrition Pty Ltd is an Australian owned and operated company specialising in providing independent consultation and decision support services to Australian and International members of the horse industry.

Equilize Horse Nutrition Pty Ltd was established in 2003 by Dr Nerida Richards, when she identified a need for independent nutrition consultation and support services. Equilize Horse Nutrition's clients include national and international feed and supplement manufacturers, tertiary education institutions and large breeding establishments.

With rapidly changing scientific information in the area of horse nutrition, it is Equilize Horse Nutrition's goal to assist feed companies, horse owners, trainers, breeders and educational institutions to remain abreast of the most up-to-date technology and information in horse nutrition. Equilize Horse Nutrition aims to provide quality and highly professional consultancy and educational services to our clients, helping them to grow and maintain productive and successful businesses in the horse industry.

Dr Nerida Richards B. Rural Science (Hons) PhD

Managing Director / Principal Consultant


Dr Nerida Richards is Managing Director and Principal Consultant of Equilize Horse Nutrition Pty Ltd, a company that specializes in providing independent, professional advice in all areas of equine nutrition. Within her role, Dr Richards provides high-level technical support to numerous national and international feed and supplement companies, as well as on the ground advice and technical support to breeding and training establishments. Dr Richards together with X'Prime Pty Ltd also designed, developed and commercialized the FeedXL Nutrition Software that is now used by horse owners, breeders, trainers and fellow nutritionists throughout Australia, New Zealand, the USA, the United Kingdom and parts of Asia and the Middle East.

Nerida is a keen horsewoman and a passionate scientist. Nerida grew up on a beef cattle property south of Tamworth NSW, Australia. This rural upbringing gave Nerida a strong practical grounding in livestock production, livestock health and horsemanship. It also sparked a keen interest in Australia's Agricultural Industries. In 1999, Nerida completed a Bachelors Degree in Rural Science with first class Honours through the University of New England, during which time she was awarded the John Nivison Epworth prize for excellence in animal nutrition. Nerida followed this Degree with a Doctorates Degree in Equine Nutrition. Her PhD focused on the digestion and fermentation of cereal grains in the gastrointestinal tract of horses. In 2003, Dr Richards founded Equilize Horse Nutrition Pty Ltd when she identified a need for professional, scientific and independent advice in the area of equine nutrition in Australia.

Nerida is currently scientific editor for the Recent Advances in Animal Nutrition in Australia Conference and is called upon to referee equine nutrition papers submitted to the Journal of Equine Veterinary Science, the Australian Veterinary Journal and the New Zealand Veterinary Journal. She is a published author, has been an invited speaker at national and international symposiums and is currently a contributing writer for numerous equestrian magazines and websites. With a sound combination of formal education, on-ground experience and commercial understanding, Nerida is now considered by many to be Australia's leader in equine nutrition.

In Australia's highly competitive horse industry, Dr Richards provides professional, independent services that assist her clients to enhance their productivity and commercial success through her scientific yet practical approach.