SUCCEED® Blog:

Where #SeriousHorsePeople come to better understand digestive health in horses and its impact and management.

Karen O’Connor’s Top International Eventing Horses on SUCCEED®

Karen O’Connor and husband (and current USEF President) David can certainly be considered in the top tier of the equestrian world. Karen has been named USEA Lady Rider of the Year ten times, and USEF Equestrian of the Year in 2007. David won the USEF Equestrian of the Year twice. And this is just the tip of the iceberg.

For Karen, this level of performance requires more than the typical “hard work and talent.” It also requires that both horse and rider stay in top condition throughout the year. That’s not always easy, especially in her sport.

“We ask so much of eventing horses.” Karen says.

In spite of their tremendous care and treatment, the O’Connor Equestrian Team is vulnerable to the challenging conditions of the performance horse lifestyle. “Our horses’ digestive health seems to be under constant pressure. In fact, the more fit they are, the more difficulty they have retaining their weight. They end up wasting valuable energy in their stalls.”

Newsletter Logo

The O’Connors discovered SUCCEED® Digestive Conditioning Program®. “I had been told about SUCCEED before, but didn’t think much about it,” Karen says. “Then I saw their magazine ad featuring Steffen Peters. I respect him as a horseman, and what he said about this product just made it seem like a perfect fit for our program – natural, cutting edge, a different approach.”

What Karen discovered is that a horse’s digestive health is a delicate system that can be imbalanced by the challenges of modern performance horse management. A unique, daily Functional Feed program, SUCCEED maintains the health of the entire equine digestive system. And the O’Connor Equestrian Team now knows, this can directly affect the horse’s complete condition – appearance, temperament, performance…everything.

So, now? “We have all of our top international competitive horses on SUCCEED. Their weights are up, and keeping up. They actually seem to enjoy eating now,” Karen explains. “These horses need to be in top condition for this level of competition. SUCCEED helps make the management of these horses a little easier.”

David O’Connor is impressed with the dramatic differences it has made for the horses. “I don’t know exactly what SUCCEED does, but I know what I see. Our horses are all in great condition thanks to SUCCEED.”

Leave a Comment:

Related Articles:

+
Help Your Performance Horse Adjust To Life On The Road

Your performance horse can’t succeed in the competition arena without a strong foundation of good health and nutrition. Yet, many owners struggle to balance the demanding travel schedules of equine athletes with their horse’s mental […]

+
Common Hindgut Problems in Horses

The Importance of a Healthy Hindgut Extensive research and modern treatments have emphasized equine gastric ulcers in recent years. But in reality, a horse’s stomach makes up less than 10% of the equine digestive tract’s […]

+
NRC Nutrient Requirements Of Horses

Deciding what to feed our horses is one of the most fundamental issues that horse owners must address daily. Proper nutrition is vital for overall health, and critical nutrients play an essential role in your […]

+
Meet Professional Barrel Racer Jessica Holmberg Morris

Texas-based barrel racer Jessica Holmberg Morris is a self-starter who’s making her mark in the rodeo world. Jessica moved to Texas in 2011 to advance her career and has never looked back. She runs a […]

+
The Gut-Hoof Connection

Here’s what you need to know about the gut-hoof connection and how to manage equine gastrointestinal health to support hoof health. The Link Between Digestive Health and Hoof Health Adequate nutrient absorption and a balanced […]

+
Veronica Attridge finds SUCCEED—Thanks to Liz Austin!

In 2017, Veronica had the opportunity to showcase her budding dressage talents with Herrmann’s Royal Lipizzan Stallions. She toured with the group, performing multiple roles in the show from carrying the flag during the national […]

SUCCEED Digestive Conditioning Program is a nutritional approach to managing the horse’s digestive health, including the stomach and the hindgut. Learn More

succeed veterinary formula

SUCCEED Veterinary Formula, available only from veterinarians, is an advanced version of SUCCEED and comes backed by the SUCCEED Healthy Gut Commitment. Learn More