Annette, her passion and 'The New Feeding Concept'

‘Let food be your medicine and your medicine be your food’. This was the oath doctors used to swear to Hippocrates, the founder of our Western medicine.

We can put this into practise when we start feeding our horses and ponies according to their natural minimum roughage requirements. Far fewer problems will occur. If we zoom in on nutrition even further, the health and behavior of the horse will show to be influenced even more by an inappropriate diet.

Annette, veterinarian and horse lover, won the HIP ‘changemaker’ award for the equestrian sector in 2019 with her ‘New Feeding Concept’ and her dedication to horse welfare.

Who is Drs. Annette van Weezel Errens

Annette was a great animal lover as a child and grew up with a special passion for horses. Based on that love, the desire to understand animals better and to be able to work with animals in a professional manner, she started her studies in veterinary medicine. During her studies she worked as a groom at various sports stables. Here she became acquainted with the large amounts of supplements and other remedies that riders and veterinarians gave to their horses.

Doubts about secondary interests

During veterinary training, the passion for animals remained intact, but more and more doubts arose about the secondary interests that are intertwined in regular veterinary medicine. This was her reason not to graduate as a veterinarian, but, after a number of victories over university resistance, to graduate in 2004 with a free study in veterinary medicine. Her thesis subject was animal ethics and 'doping in equestrian sports'.

  • It had to be different

    Annette believed that when horses are under too much stress and do not receive enough nutrients, veterinary and behavioral problems are likely to arise.

    Annette believed that when horses are under too much stress and do not receive enough nutrients, veterinary and behavioral problems are likely to arise.

  • Research

    This is how the search for a positive contribution to improving the life of the horse began. She started researching what a horse really needs for a healthy body.

    According to her, horse feeding management, as stated in all the booklets, was outdated. A major change was needed to provide horses with their natural needs through nutrition. Furthermore, Annette discovered that there was no product on the market that met all her requirements.

The natural nutritional needs of the horse

She decided not to sit back and be part of this change. She founded Equilin in 2008 and from there started developing products that match her vision.

In 2018, her vision of the doubled roughage standard was internationally endorsed. This was adopted as the welfare standard for horse farming.

A horse needs at least 1.5% of its body weight in dry matter roughage to feel satisfied and to keep its body healthy. They naturally eat even more roughage.

Annette calls this 'The New Feeding': an innovative, refreshing view on feed management, in which roughage plays a central role.

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Research without blinders

Equilin continues to research with blinders off, follows current scientific developments in the field of nutrition, analyses, innovates and continues to develop its products.

This way, every equine doctor, professional and horse lover can be sure that Equilin® products are produced according to the most recent insights and that no concessions are made to quality.

Get your horse into top condition in a super smart way. Start today with 'The New Feeding' from Equilin® and experience it yourself!

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