Say Hello To The Poseidon Equine Team

How it all started

Poseidon Equine was created by Linda Lord, the proud owner of 12 horses, with over 40 years of riding, training, breeding and competing experience across various disciplines.

Linda Lord with horse

In Linda’s words, here is the story of how Poseidon Equine was born.

It started with my own health crisis. I had previously suffered from encephalitis and over ten years later I was still having major problems with my health, energy levels and my memory and concentration.

I decided to look into dietary changes and learnt about gut bacteria and its link to health and emotions and when I started looking after my gut with my diet I was amazed at the improvement I then started to experience.

Horses have always been a big part of my life, and I had always been keen to feed my horses as natural as possible. But I had one particular horse that I was having ongoing troubles with.

He was losing weight.
He had trouble getting the right canter lead.
He would grind his teeth and tilt his head.
He even randomly one day bolted out from underneath my daughter, putting her in the hospital.

I couldn’t work out what was wrong.

I spent thousands on getting a custom saddle made and getting it regularly re-checked. I had his teeth treated routinely. I even had moulds done of his mouth and got a customised bit made.

All important steps but my horse was still having issues.

I thought it might be a gastric ulcer - the prescribed vet treatments seemed to work. They stopped the weight loss and crankiness, but then the symptoms reappeared even worse once I stopped treatment.

I spent a fortune on various supplements and I finally got some breakthrough when I tried a gut supplement with him. I was impressed that finally something was starting to help him.

Yet he was still grinding his teeth, scooting and having inconsistencies with canter leads.

And his head started to shake incessantly. He had been grazing in a paddock with paspalum - which at the time I wasn’t aware contained mycotoxins (invisible toxins produced by moulds that can cause neurological changes).

My own success with improving my gut health, gave me enough motivation to start my journey of learning about the hindgut and the role of nutrition for horses.

I reached out to leading animal and equine nutritionists. I spoke with them about everything I’d learnt with my own experience of improving my gut health.

We talked about what effect diet, mycotoxins and stress have on a horse, and in particular a horse’s gut.

So... We decided to build the best possible gut health product available, worldwide that would stop the need for lots of different supplements, saving you time and money and giving you the results you wanted...

We sourced incredible evidence-based products from around the world and began a trial among 17 horses - mostly our own.

Within a short time, the changes in all my horses were significant - even amongst the ones that I thought were looking and performing their best prior to the trial. These noticeable changes included:

- Weight gain;
- Calmer horses;
- Improved appetite with the fussy eaters;
- Improved feed conversion;
- Improved coats;
- No more headshaking;
- Change in foot quality and growth for the better;
- Greater elevation in movements; and
- Less scouring whilst being transported

We tweaked and tested the formulation, and once we were satisfied that this product was of high quality and impact, we trialled it across various disciplines and approximately 40 horses to test it further.

We then trialled EQ under the guidance of a leading Equine Veterinarian Professor on a number of horses where we collected evidence around weight gain and health changes and palatability.

The feedback was positive and with a few adjustments to the texture, Digestive EQ was ready for commercial distribution.

We were committed to delivering the highest quality product possible and we chose to have it made in a quality-controlled environment which met Government standards.

Fast forward to today...

We have specialists with PhDs in Equine Nutrition & Gut Health working on our products and our educational content.

Poseidon Equine’s products are a staple part of the diets of horses in the elite Eventing teams, high-level show horse riders, dressage riders, barrel racers and western riders, racehorses, show jumpers and even retired geriatrics.

We also believe in building strong relationships with our customers, which is why we are available to answer your questions and also why we have dedicated trained distributors across Australia, who are available to offer you support and truly listen to you and your horse’s needs.

This is not just about selling you a product, it is about helping you as horse owners, make informed decisions about what, when and how you feed your horse to maximise performance, health, economy and longevity.

We’re excited about the future of Poseidon Equine!

The Team

The Poseidon Equine team possesses a collective wealth of experience across various equine disciplines which includes managing, breeding, training and competing. Our senior management team and consultants come from the health, veterinary, pharmaceutical and education/training sectors.

As horse owners and breeders ourselves, we’ve noticed first hand the benefit of targeting gut health to improve overall health, appearance, performance and recovery.

This shared expertise is strengthened by a passionate commitment to helping as many horse owners and their horses as we can.

The Horse Nutrition Experts

Meet the Experts of Poseidon Equine
  • Dr Nerida Richards
  • Sam Potter
  • Dr. Erin Roddy
  • Dr. Belinda Chapman

Dr Nerida Richards

B Rur. Sc (Hon1) PhD RAnNutr

Nerida graduated from the University of New England with a degree in Rural Science in 1999 and a PhD in Equine Nutrition in 2004. Nerida is a registered animal nutritionist (equine) with the Nutrition Society of Australia.

Nerida founded Equilize Horse Nutrition in 2003 and has been working as a consulting equine nutritionist ever since, providing high level technical support to feed and supplement companies in Australia and abroad.

The last 18 years has seen Nerida work with more than 30 companies, focusing on product development, education, research and on-farm support. Nerida works closely with Poseidon Equine on formulations, research and horse owner education.

Nerida has also developed and commercialised the FeedXL ration balancing software that is used extensively by horse owners here in Australia as well as the USA, Canada, the UK, New Zealand, the Middle East and South East Asia.

A true country girl at heart, Nerida has always had a love of horses, a passion for agriculture and a zeal for and natural understanding of nutrition. In her typical style of combining credible science with practical knowledge, Nerida creates effective products that are backed by research.

And she shares her knowledge with horse owners in a way that is easy to understand and simple to put into practice to improve the health and performance of horses everywhere.

Sam Potter

BSc (Hons) MPhilVSc (Equine Nutrition)

Sam is an experienced and qualified equine nutritionist that many of you may know from Feed XL. Sam has a Bachelor of Equine Studies complimented with an Honours and Masters degree in Equine Nutrition through the University of Melbourne. Her focus of study was with the development of methods for measuring obesity in horses and ponies.

Sam has a number of year’s practical experience through working at racing stables, thoroughbred studs and various equine veterinarians. Sam’s passion is to support and educate horse owners in all areas of equine nutrition, through independent nutritional advice.

Dr. Erin Roddy

DVM - Proprietor and Head Veterinarian

Graduated The Marlborough School in Los Angeles June 2001
Graduated the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill June 2006 (Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Psychology)
(Spent one year abroad at The University of Edinburgh 2003-2004)
Graduated The University of California at Davis June 2010 (Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine, Equine Focus)
Equestrian Pursuits
Erin has been an avid equestrian since the age of 5 competing in primarily Equitation and Hunters in the US before moving to Australia in 2010 and making the move to Show Jumping.  She has also competed in several other disciplines including Dressage, Barrel Racing, Western Pleasure, Fox Hunting, and Eventing.  She competed as a member of her high school and University Equestrian Teams in the IEL and IHSA and was a member of the University of Edinburgh's BUSA team.  She currently has a team of show jumpers competing up to Grand Prix (1.50) level.
Professional Background
Erin has worked as a horse trainer and riding coach since the age of 16 and grew up working in a large, professional stable.  She ran summer riding camps for girls for many years and managed show teams both in the US and Europe.
Since graduating from Veterinary School she runs her own boutique agistment and Rehabilitation Center, Spring Oak Rehabilitation.
Interest in Gut Health
Erin has always been interested in Equine Nutrition and particularly in the role that nutrition plays in Equestrian Performance and Disease. After her travels through the UK and Europe and her move to Australia she became even more interested in the differences in philosophies and practice of Equine Nutrition throughout the world. She became passionate about researching the science behind Equine Nutrition and Gut Health and the outcome different feeding strategies and practices can have on behavior, development, performance and disease.

Dr. Belinda Chapman

PhD, BSc (Hons), Grad. Dip. Science Management

Dr Belinda Chapman is a microbiologist with 25 years’ experience in microbiology research, and is Director of Quantal Bioscience, an Australian research company based in Sydney and specialising in microbiology research and education. Quantal Bioscience has a particular interest in microbiomics, the study of complex communities of microorganisms. Belinda works with Poseidon Equine as a
consultant to improve our understanding of the microorganisms present in the equine gut, and the effect of prebiotics on the equine gut microbiome.

During her career Belinda has worked in microbiology research roles across industry and academia, including 10 years spent at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO). Belinda has long had an interest in fermentation and human gut health, starting with roles in the food industry with Arnotts and The Sanitarium Health Food Company developing novel starter cultures and probiotics, through to her most recent role, during which she has served as co-principal investigator on a clinical trial of a novel human probiotic. Belinda has also worked as a research microbiologist for Macquarie University, the Westmead Millennium Institute for Medical Research, Vitramed and the Sydney Catchment Authority.

As such, Belinda has a unique appreciation of the importance of the role of microorganisms across all areas of our lives. Belinda is particularly interested in the intersections between human and animal health, the food we eat and feed to our animals, and the environment. As well as being a casual lecturer for The University of Tasmania, Belinda is an affiliate supervisor for The University of Sydney, where she co-supervises a PhD student investigating the development of antibiotic resistance among microorganisms in the equine hindgut, and an Honours student investigating new technologies to study fungal microbiomes.

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