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EQUINE NUTRITION EDUCATION

Courses, guest lectures, videos and articles! Want to learn from an unbiased source? Here's how...

- Self Guided Equine Nutrition Practice Course + Consult

- Full length equine nutrition course

- Monthly guest lectures (free to OCEN Community Members)

- Guest lecture library (available to OCEN Community Members ONLY)

- Case study library (available to OCEN Community Members ONLY)

- Free weekly articles

- Low Carb Horse Hay Videos

- (NEW) Free Mule Monday Q&A

GUEST LECTURES & COURSE DATES

Register for live or recorded events by clicking Learn More below. Guest lecture registrants automatically receive the recording. OCEN Community, Veterinary, and Farm Plan Members get FREE access to all live guest lectures and recordings!

Education: Events List

Upcoming Events

  • DIY Equine Nutrition Practice (3 Lectures + Worksheets + 1 Private Consult)
    DIY Equine Nutrition Practice (3 Lectures + Worksheets + 1 Private Consult)
    Membership Offer
    Mon, Apr 01
    3 Lectures + Worksheets + 1 Private Consult
    Apr 01, 2024, 6:00 PM MDT – Apr 30, 2024, 6:00 PM MDT
    3 Lectures + Worksheets + 1 Private Consult
    Only offered twice a year! If you love being self taught when it comes to equine nutrition, you will love this service. Learn Natalie's three step approach to creating the perfect equine diet every time. Includes a 1 on 1 private consult! *Limited to 10 people per month.
  • "Selenium's Role in Equine Performance at a Cellular Level" with Sarah White-Spring, PhD of Texas A&M University
    "Selenium's Role in Equine Performance at a Cellular Level" with Sarah White-Spring, PhD of Texas A&M University
    Membership Offer
    Wed, May 08
    Zoom Webinar
    May 08, 2024, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
    Zoom Webinar
    You know that selenium is important to horse health, but WHY? Learn about selenium's role in equine health from a leading and award winning researcher from Texas A&M University, Dr. Sarah White-Springer. Dr. White is an extremely impressive educator, researcher and equestrian. Learn from the best.
  • "How to Maximize Your Hay Purchase and Pasture During High Prices" with Krista Lea of University of Kentucky
    "How to Maximize Your Hay Purchase and Pasture During High Prices" with Krista Lea of University of Kentucky
    Membership Offer
    Tue, Jun 11
    Zoom Webinar
    Jun 11, 2024, 6:00 PM – 7:20 PM MDT
    Zoom Webinar
    Krista Lea, MS is a Research Analyst at the University of Kentucky Department of Plant and Soil Sciences. Her presentation will focus on how to make PRACTICAL forage first decisions for your horse and your pocketbook!

FULL LENGTH EQUINE NUTRITION COURSE

"Stop Guessing & Start Gloating: How to Choose the Right Feeds and Supplements for Your Horse"

If you're feeling overwhelmed by the quantity of equine nutrition products and opinions out there then this course is for you! In five lectures Natalie teaches equestrians how to better balance equine diets without lengthy math problems or spending a fortune. Invest NOW in your feeding future!

*Accredited through USDF University for 3 credits.

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WHAT PEOPLE SAY

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Katie Anne Juarez
OSU College of Vet Med
DVM Candiate
SCAAEP President

I just wanted to thank you for your excellent presentation at the vet school.  I have gotten a lot of feedback and everyone LOVED your talk! I’ve been hearing comments about how it was immediately practical/useful  and that it helped put other nutrition information in perspective for them. Everyone also appreciated how neatly you broke the topic down in a way that makes it easy to think through quickly and very client friendly to explain.

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Nadia Novik
Idaho, USA

"I have thoroughly enjoyed the OCEN Full Length course! Natalie has an incredible way of explaining things, so that you not only understand, but stay interested and are sad when the class is over for the night. She has fact based knowledge, not just testimonials, and a fair and unbiased approach to presenting her material. I highly, highly recommend this course!" 

PAST GUEST LECTURES 

A library of guest lecture recordings is available to OCEN Community, Farm and Veterinary Members! Head to MEMBERSHIP to receive this benefit and more.

Recent 2023 Guest Lectures
*Must purchase a membership to access recordings.

  • "The equine gut microbiome: where we are, what it means, and where we need to go" with Dr. Jennifer MacNicol
    "The equine gut microbiome: where we are, what it means, and where we need to go" with Dr. Jennifer MacNicol
    Wed, Dec 06
    Zoom Webinar
    Dec 06, 2023, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM MST
    Zoom Webinar
    Dec 06, 2023, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM MST
    Zoom Webinar
    OCEN is going international with it's first Canadian PhD equine researcher, Jennifer MacNicol of University of Guelph. You will be blown away by this award winning researcher and her passion for the equine microbiome. She will discuss what we REALLY know about the GI tract and how to influence it.
  • "Strengthen the Horse Through the Gut" with Deven Vespi of Diamond V Equine
    "Strengthen the Horse Through the Gut" with Deven Vespi of Diamond V Equine
    Wed, Nov 08
    Zoom Webinar
    Nov 08, 2023, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM MST
    Zoom Webinar
    Nov 08, 2023, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM MST
    Zoom Webinar
    OCEN welcomes Deven Vespi, Global Business Manager for Diamond V Equine, to the fall guest lecture lineup! Learn about how yeast culture extracts help your horse in a variety of ways, but especially the immune system.
  • "Intestinal Health: The Effects of Leaky Gut Syndrome on Equine Performance" with Micheal Eggleston of Kemin Equine
    "Intestinal Health: The Effects of Leaky Gut Syndrome on Equine Performance" with Micheal Eggleston of Kemin Equine
    Oct 18, 2023, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM MDT
    Zoom Webinar
    Michael Eggleston of Kemin Equine will discuss all things leaky gut; causes, remediation, and the relationship to immunity, behavior and performance. Learn how to protect the digestive system from invasive pathogens which strengthens the immune system and optimizes health and performance.
  • "How to Read Your Forage Test" with Natalie Sullivan, Nutritionist at On Course Equine Nutrition
    "How to Read Your Forage Test" with Natalie Sullivan, Nutritionist at On Course Equine Nutrition
    Wed, Aug 16
    Zoom Webinar
    Aug 16, 2023, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM MDT
    Zoom Webinar
    Aug 16, 2023, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM MDT
    Zoom Webinar
    *LINK TO JOIN WILL BE EMAILED ONLY! IT IS NOT HERE. Hay is off the field, stacked in the barn, but you're not sure what you really have? A forage test is an incredibly powerful nutrition tool to optimize health and performance. It's also the answer to your questions about supplementation.
  • CBD and Horses: 2023 Update!
    CBD and Horses: 2023 Update!
    Wed, May 10
    Zoom Webinar
    May 10, 2023, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
    Zoom Webinar
    May 10, 2023, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
    Zoom Webinar
    Interested in CBD for your horse? Learn about it's safety, indications for use, and the current science from a leading researcher of the supplement! Presented by Dr. Frank Andrews, Department Head of Veterinary Clinical Sciences at Louisiana State University.

2022 Guest Lectures
Must purchase a membership to access the recordings.

  • "How Feeding Trace Minerals to Horses Affects their Immune Status" with Dr. Connie Larson from Zinpro
    "How Feeding Trace Minerals to Horses Affects their Immune Status" with Dr. Connie Larson from Zinpro
    Membership Offer
    Wed, Dec 07
    Online Zoom Webinar
    Dec 07, 2022, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM MST
    Online Zoom Webinar
    Dec 07, 2022, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM MST
    Online Zoom Webinar
    Dr. Connie Larson's presentation on trace mineral status in horses rocked my world early in my career! So, as you can imagine, I was pretty excited to include her in the Fall Guest Lecture series all about equine immunity. Read below for details on topics covered in this presentation!
  • "Skin Allergies in Horses and How to Mitigate Them" with Dr. Cherie Pucheu-Haston of LSU
    "Skin Allergies in Horses and How to Mitigate Them" with Dr. Cherie Pucheu-Haston of LSU
    Membership Offer
    Tue, Nov 08
    Online Zoom Webinar
    Nov 08, 2022, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM MST
    Online Zoom Webinar
    Nov 08, 2022, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM MST
    Online Zoom Webinar
    When I went in search of an equine immunologist, I wanted EXACTLY what Dr. Cherie Pucheu-Haston could offer! I feel very lucky to have her on my OCEN Fall Guest Lecture list, because there are a LOT of horses suffering with allergies. Let's learn from a leading researcher, shall we?
  • "Aging, PPID, and the Effects on the Equine Immune System" with Dr. Amanda Adams
    "Aging, PPID, and the Effects on the Equine Immune System" with Dr. Amanda Adams
    Membership Offer
    Wed, Oct 12
    Online Zoom Webinar
    Oct 12, 2022, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM MDT
    Online Zoom Webinar
    Oct 12, 2022, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM MDT
    Online Zoom Webinar
    When I first started asking around for a great equine immunologist to speak, Dr. Adams's name came up over and over again! You don't want to miss this unique opportunity to learn from a busy, successful researcher about the effects of aging and Cushings Disease on the equine immune system.
  • "The Equine Immune System & Why it Matters" with Helena Carner, DVM
    "The Equine Immune System & Why it Matters" with Helena Carner, DVM
    Membership Offer
    Wed, Sep 07
    Online Zoom Webinar
    Sep 07, 2022, 6:00 PM – 7:15 PM MDT
    Online Zoom Webinar
    Sep 07, 2022, 6:00 PM – 7:15 PM MDT
    Online Zoom Webinar
    OCEN's Fall 2022 lecture series is all things IMMUNITY, and we're kicking it off with a bang! Dr. Carner will discuss immune system anatomy, how we manipulate it, interactions with the digestive system, and more! We'll be setting the foundation for an entire season of guest lectures!

Past Events- Must Purchase a Membership to Access Recordings

  • Kissing Spine & Kissing Spine Surgery
    Kissing Spine & Kissing Spine Surgery
    Membership Offer
    Thu, Apr 14
    Zoom Webinar
    Apr 14, 2022, 6:00 PM – 7:15 PM MDT
    Zoom Webinar
    Apr 14, 2022, 6:00 PM – 7:15 PM MDT
    Zoom Webinar
    Kissing spine! A dreadful word in the performance horse industry. What are the causes, sign, and treatments? OCEN is offering a unique opportunity to learn from the top K.S. surgeon in the U.S.- Dr. Cliff Honnas of Texas Equine Hospital.
  • The Problem with Fat Horses
    The Problem with Fat Horses
    Membership Offer
    Wed, Mar 09
    Zoom Webinar
    Mar 09, 2022, 6:00 PM – 7:15 PM MST
    Zoom Webinar
    Mar 09, 2022, 6:00 PM – 7:15 PM MST
    Zoom Webinar
    Learn about the risks associated with equine obesity- a "growing" problem in the equine industry. Presented by Dr. Frank Andrews, Department Head of Veterinary Clinical Sciences at Louisiana State University (OCEN's FAVORITE speaker to date!)
  • Feeding Horses Naturally: Nature vs the NRC
    Feeding Horses Naturally: Nature vs the NRC
    Membership Offer
    Wed, Feb 09
    Zoom Webinar
    Feb 09, 2022, 5:00 PM – 6:15 PM MST
    Zoom Webinar
    Feb 09, 2022, 5:00 PM – 6:15 PM MST
    Zoom Webinar
    What does it mean to feed horses "naturally"? Some horses continue to be fed as “nature-intended” with 24/7 access to fresh pasture and room to roam, but what about the rest? Learn from a long time equine nutritionist and researcher what "Natural" means to her and the science behind it.
  • Equine Podiatry: Preventing Lameness in Horses (Performance, Sport, and Recreational)
    Equine Podiatry: Preventing Lameness in Horses (Performance, Sport, and Recreational)
    Membership Offer
    Wed, Jan 12
    Zoom Webinar
    Jan 12, 2022, 6:00 PM – 7:15 PM
    Zoom Webinar
    Jan 12, 2022, 6:00 PM – 7:15 PM
    Zoom Webinar
    "No Hoof, No Horse", right? So, the old saying goes, and this could not be more true today. Many equine lamenesses originate in the hoof, so it's an important structure to know and understand. Learn about the anatomy and how to prevent lameness with Dr. Karen Blake of Bend Equine!
  • Haynets & Slow Feeders! The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
    Haynets & Slow Feeders! The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
    Membership Offer
    Wed, Dec 08
    Zoom Webinar
    Dec 08, 2021, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
    Zoom Webinar
    Dec 08, 2021, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
    Zoom Webinar
    Haynets are one of the few tools that horse owners have to manage equine diseases related to obesity and carb sensitivity, but they are often misunderstood and troublesome to implement. Learn HOW best to use haynets and the inherent dangers with Dr. Trinette Jones of Texas A&M!
  • The Why & How of Laminitis from a Researcher
    The Why & How of Laminitis from a Researcher
    Membership Offer
    Thu, Nov 18
    Zoom Webinar
    Nov 18, 2021, 6:00 PM – 7:15 PM
    Zoom Webinar
    Nov 18, 2021, 6:00 PM – 7:15 PM
    Zoom Webinar
    Anatomy, physiology, and types of laminitis from Hannah Galantino-Homer, VMD-PhD and her Galantino-Homer Laminitis Laboratory! How are the causes of laminitis different and how are they the same? How do we study it!?! All proceeds will go to laminitis research at New Bolton Center @ PennVet!
  • Equine Protozoal Myeloencephalitis, WHAT?
    Equine Protozoal Myeloencephalitis, WHAT?
    Membership Offer
    Wed, Nov 03
    Zoom Webinar
    Nov 03, 2021, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
    Zoom Webinar
    Nov 03, 2021, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
    Zoom Webinar
    Learn about the symptoms, diagnosis and available treatments for EPM- a neurologic disease that appears to be spreading across the U.S. Presented by Dr. Frank Andrews, Department Head of Veterinary Clinical Sciences at Louisiana State University.
  • "Choosing Supplements Wisely" with Dr. Carey Williams of Rutgers University
    "Choosing Supplements Wisely" with Dr. Carey Williams of Rutgers University
    Membership Offer
    Wed, Jun 16
    Zoom Webinar
    Jun 16, 2021, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
    Zoom Webinar
    Jun 16, 2021, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
    Zoom Webinar
    Dr. Carey Williams is a multi-award winning equine extension agent from Rutgers University. Her OCEN presentation in 2020 was so well received, that I've asked her back! This broad-sweeping lecture on equine supplements is a MUST HEAR for anyone feeding more than hay!
  • "Benefits of Oral Plasma for Gut Health" with Jyme Nichols, PhD
    "Benefits of Oral Plasma for Gut Health" with Jyme Nichols, PhD