Nutrition is another key component of an athlete’s program, and “Sister” is no different. The 2017 World Champion mare, now 11, continues to thrive in the sport's top level; a testament to her program and Dr. Wally's process. Sister is gearing up for her third consecutive trip to Las Vegas for the NFR World Championships this December, after yet another season of success.
Nellie: "When I am trying to figure out what Sister needs in her diet, I lean on my veterinarian for consultation. Aside from myself, he knows her better than anyone else because he has been through the ups and downs with us. Together, we make decisions for Sister based on what she needs as an individual."
Dr. Wally: "Nutrition is complicated and what is required for each individual changes over time. So you have to look at hay and hay source and how you feed that. You have to look at supplemental feed, which company you choose to be involved with, and how much of that product is required for the individual and what else we think we need. In this particular case with this particular horse, we included Equithrive, because Equithrive has anti-inflammatory capabilities and is a great energy induction device, being a mitochondrial activator. So we had very specific reasons why we included Equithrive into our nutrition program. The way we have chosen to go forward with specific diagnosis, and very specific treatment for that diagnosis, created some longevity in this horse. Because we’re not just a one year deal here, we’re several years into this and we’re coming back having a real good year right now."