Alabama Horse Talk had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Harry Anderson about equine nutrition and the products he has developed through Total Feeds:
Alabama Horse Talk: Can you tell me about your history with horses and what exactly your role is in the horse world?
Dr. Harry Anderson: I grew up with horses in early childhood and learned to ride and drive draft horses at a very young age.
Alabama Horse Talk: What inspired you to get involved in feeds and nutrition?
Dr. Harry Anderson: Love of animals and a passion for making them healthy and productive. I have owned or worked with animals my entire life.
Alabama Horse Talk: How long has your Total Equine product been in existence, and how did it first get developed?
Dr. Harry Anderson: In the pelleted form for 16 years, but only 6 years in the extruded form. It started at the request of a person who asked me if I could formulate a product that would provide the proper nutrition for all ages and activity levels of horses in one product.
Alabama Horse Talk: Why is good equine nutrition important?
Dr. Harry Anderson: A well balanced nutritional program is the key to health, reproduction and performance. Without sound nutrition all of the other aspects of these are compromised.
Alabama Horse Talk: What is the best thing to you about your product, Total Equine?
Dr. Harry Anderson: It is saving so many horses from being put down due to many formerly considered terminal problems, and it is helping horses live longer and more pleasurable lives.
Alabama Horse Talk: What would you say are the 3 key elements for a successful feeding program for horse owners?
Dr. Harry Anderson:
- Know the value and quality of the hay and pasture.
- Use a product that is highly digestible and free of raw and poorly processed starchy ingredients.
- Insure the supplemental program contains all of the essential nutrients required by a horse.
Alabama Horse Talk: How do you use technology and social media in your business?
Dr. Harry Anderson: Television is number one! I also use Facebook and Youtube.
Alabama Horse Talk: Do different horse breeds have different nutritional requirements?
Dr. Harry Anderson: Only more or less of each nutrient, but all the same inside.
Alabama Horse Talk: What have you learned about horses, and what have you learned about horse people over the years?
Dr. Harry Anderson: All horses and horse owners have the same basic nutritional needs.
Alabama Horse Talk: What is your best advice for families just starting out with horses?
Dr. Harry Anderson: Learn the care requirements and costs before getting the first horse. Get professional assistance in selecting a horse. Work with a professional in each discipline when developing skills.
Alabama Horse Talk: What is your greatest achievement to date in the horse world?
Dr. Harry Anderson: Respect of horse owners as caring for their horse before sales volume and profits.
Alabama Horse Talk: What are some suggestions you have for Alabama Horse Talk fans and someone wanting to start out with a simple but sound equine feeding program?
Dr. Harry Anderson: Work with a professional and seek a complete, balanced program and do not try to make a program with numerous supplements.
Alabama Horse Talk: What does this year have in store for you and your business?
Dr. Harry Anderson: Continuous growth due to success in thinking of the horse first.
Alabama Horse Talk: What is the “take home message” you want to get across to horse people?
Dr. Harry Anderson: Make sure you are covering all of the critical bases in your management program:
- Health care with your veterinarian
- Dental care
- Hoof care
- Parasite control
- Simple nutritional program
Alabama Horse Talk: How can folks contact you?
Dr. Harry Anderson: My website is: www.totalfeeds.com. Folks can call me at (620) 272-1065 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. And people can find us on Facebook at Total Equine or www.facebook.com/totalequine.
Many thanks to Dr. Harry Anderson for taking time to share his knowledge on equine nutrition with Alabama Horse Talk!
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