As a veterinary student, I regularly came across the real causes of many animal diseases that we had to
study during the course to become a veterinarian. For example, the fact that the choice for housing and management was determined more by convenience and financial advantage than by the needs of the animal itself. The result is a great deal of stress for the animals we keep on a large scale.
Due to this stress, increased concentrations of stress hormones (cortisol, amongst other things) are produced, which subsequently have their repercussions on resistance. If the feed is incomplete and inadequately balanced – causing the animal to be unable to keep its body healthy – this is a substantial part in the cause for many animal diseases in my opinion.
In Equine management, too, many problems are caused by wrong (feed) management and regularly, the unnatural way of housing. Antibiotics, corticosteroids and painkillers may quickly solve the veterinary complaints, however, they do not usually solve the heart of the problem. Already during my studies of veterinary medicine, I was fascinated by other solutions than the generally accepted ones and I regarded preventive veterinary medicine as a challenge.
Equilin developed out of passion for the horse, idealism for a better world and the fascination for veterinary knowledge. By using the innovation in food technology, we stand to gain healthier horses with less stress and increased wellbeing in a natural way.
Equilin develops supplements that really matter, helping horses to meet our expectations better. However, I would also like to make a contribution increasing the awareness regarding the nature of the horse. If we gain a better understanding of the horse, this will result in a more pleasant relationship with this noble animal, for both man and horse.
Annette van Weezel Errens MVSc
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