The equine nutritional supplement business has grown to the point of providing horse owners an overwhelming array of choices.
When faced with such choices, the busy consumer is often confused and overwhelmed with the myriad of products available and their often exaggerated claims.
You just want to ride.
We’re here to help make it easier for you to choose the right product for your horse and keep you focused on what matters most, riding and enjoying time with your healthy, fit horse.
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There were very few horse supplements on the market back in the early ‘80s. Founded in 1983 by Angela Slater, Grand Meadows has been there since the beginning. Vitamin and mineral blends of the time targeted general well-being. A passionate, lifelong horse person, Angela had spent many years in the human nutritional supplement business. Frustrated over the poor quality equine formulations and quality of products available for her horses, she decided to make her own.
“Our main goal when formulating in 1983 was to have the highest quality product at an affordable price – using well researched, science based ethical formulations that simply worked – that is how we began and never deviated.”
As she began researching formulations for Grand Meadow’s first product, Grand Vite, she drew inspiration from a veterinarian’s observation that still guides the company today.
The worst environment exists when a horse is confined to a small stall, is stressed by performance and fed a limited variety of feeds, usually only twice daily, especially when the hay is grown in soil that is farmed intensely and stored for an extended period of time.
“The best environment for the horse to get required vitamins and minerals exists when a horse is free to roam over large areas, continuously eating a variety of plant and grass species grown on a variety of soil conditions.”
Not many performance horses lived in that ideal environment back then and even fewer do now. Angela recognized that effective supplementation could help compensate for that reality.
Grand Meadows has been repeatedly recognized over the years as being the manufacturer that is most responsible for bringing manufacturing accountability and labeling transparency to the horse supplement industry.
“Grand Meadows and its company President, Nick Hartog, have been leading industry participants in bringing levels of accountability and manufacturing standards to an industry that was woefully in need of an improved image. Nick was one of the founding members and sits on the Board of the NASC (National Animal Supplement Council www.nasc.cc) and has been instrumental in establishing many of the initiatives that have earned the NASC the respect and cooperation of the FDA-CVM (Center for Veterinary Medicine). In the 17 years that the NASC has been in place they have introduced a series of strict requirements for member companies to incorporate into their operations. Every member company is subjected to a bi-annual audit to ensure compliance and they need to pass that audit in order to be able to display the NASC Seal on their packaging and marketing materials. While there are a great number of different requirements to pass the audit some of the more important elements are as follows: Monthly adverse event reporting, labels that follow a strict template depending on the intended use of the product, random testing of member products to see if they match label claim and strict enforcement procedures in the event they fail. Raw material testing and finished product testing to name a few. The NASC has truly had a profound impact on the safety, transparency and legitimacy of the animal health supplement industry.”
C. Wayne McIlwraith, BVSc, PhD, DSc
Diplomate ACVS, Diplomate ACVSMR
University Distinguished Professor
Barbara Cox Anthony University Chair in Orthopaedics
Director, Orthopaedic Research Center
We are constantly researching new formulas, new ingredients to create the best products to help you and your animals feel and function at their best with real results!
Founder, Director of Marketing