After being diagnosed in June 2012 with Severe Navicular and told to put Holly Berry on "palliative care", Holly and I were guided to Amanda Kroeker of ARK Nutrition. Amanda's incredible knowledge of nutrition and understanding of what makes a horse "tick", in my opinion, restored Holly's life. Her ability to put together a program specifically for the needs of your horse is an amazing thing to watch. I was told never to ride, let alone compete on Holly again as she would be dead in a year.
Based on a very positive recommendation from a fellow cattle penner, I contacted Amanda Kroeker from ARK Nutrition. It was a real pleasure to get to know Amanda and I was very impressed with her knowledge of horse nutrition/health and her professionalism. Her initial evaluation of my 3 mares was thorough and insightful. She recognized the signs of past trauma with great accuracy, along with whether my girls were recovering on their own or not.
She formulated a nutrition and supplement plan to help him heal. She also provided me with helpful tips and product information to use in the event of emergencies such as colic or other health concerns. I was thrilled to see him come back to health and look and feel even better than he did at the time I bought him. Thank you, Amanda, for all of your help and for caring!
I grew up on an acreage where the classic line was "feed a good hay and oats and your horse will do well." I always questioned this old-school "cowboy thought" but didn't know enough about equine nutrition to suggest anything else. Nutrition was scary, and everyone has a different opinion on what is right or wrong, so it is very hard to make calculated decisions on what is best for your horse! 5 years ago, I purchased a beautiful Andalusian, not knowing the kind of health issues he would come with.
I have been around horses my entire life and if there is anything I have been overwhelmed by it has been nutrition: more importantly what should I feed my horse. There are so many products out there, with twice as many opinions, which are mostly supported by fiction and not science. I managed to maintain my horses' health with the feed programs they were on but was never 100% confident with what I was feeding, as nutrition was a big black vortex of the unknown to me.
OTTB can be very difficult keepers. It was my hope to get away from the typical feeds of beet pulp or sweet feed and canola oil because they never seem to build the body condition I desired. Bella also happens to be a very picky eater. Amanda willingly worked with all her quirks in order to get her to eat all the supplements. She has now been on the program for just over a year and the results are astounding. She not only has a great body condition and top line- she's a happier horse. Thank you, Amanda!
Amanda is an expert in understanding the nutritional needs of my racehorses who are indeed Equine Athletes, as they are asked to perform at a top level. Through her educational nutritional presentations, Amanda is able to communicate to Equine owners the WHY and HOW of her Equine supplement formulations.
Amanda does a fantastic job! We were adding up to 15 supplements to our former grain...Our feeding is now streamlined and they get exactly what their blood work profiles say they need. We are so excited for our upcoming show season with our nutritional leg up. Thanks ARK Nutrition!
Almost a decade ago, I asked what I thought was a simple question. What exactly is the breakdown of nutrients required to build a healthy horse? This was followed by, how do I feed my horses solely on native grassland from August till April every winter and put them on a more traditional feeding program for May - July and know they are getting the correct nutrients when all commercial mineral mixes say, “feed mineral with good quality hay”? Amanda Kroeker, owner of ARK Nutrition had the answers and more.
If Amanda had not come into my horse's life..I don't know if I would still have her. She was wasting away and with my nutritional profile in place I now have my horse back. Amanda is so dedicated!!
Unreal results - absolutely unmatched on the market- if you have horses, you need these products and services!
My 2012 Holsteiner/Hanoverian stud colt owes his health and possibly his life to the work of Amanda Kroeker at ARK Nutrition. His dam tends to drop her foals early, and "Everest" was just barely mature enough to survive. He spent the first 10 days of his life at the vet clinic, in part because the mare had also leaked her colostrum and he required a plasma transfusion to replace what his immune system lacked.
When my senior horse, Promise, began to lose weight on her regular rations, I tried feeding her more, attempting to arrange free access to pasture and hay, having her teeth done. A vet check came back clean. This old girl did not (and still doesn't!) have an "I give up" look in her eye or attitude despite her ribby appearance. So, I did not give up either. We increased the concentrates and added oil and beet pulp even moving her to a new barn with little success.
I wanted to express how satisfied I am with the nutritional assessment and subsequent ration balancing that you provided my high-performance FEI combined driving horses. The science behind your evaluation helps to explain the choices you recommend and therefore makes it easier to understand the formula for feeding.
We at Desco Holsteins were in a situation with poor breeding, fresh cows not peaking, and overall poorer health. The vet visits were frequent & milk production was not great. ARK Nutrition was invited in to troubleshoot our herd. Within 1 month our herd’s butter fat had started to climb, and cud chewing & rumen fill had improved.