Project Description

Dr Tim Kempton established Stance Equine over 20 years ago. He is a keen horseman and a stockman, competing at many levels, throughout Australia. He also rode on the around Australia horse ride to coincide with the opening of the Sydney 2000 Olympics. He has ridden many miles throughout outback Australia and the United States.

During his career as a research scientist, Tim questioned the logic of feeding horses on high grain feeds, especially when his competition horses often suffered from hot and fizzy behaviour, and cramped or tied up when in heavy work.  He researched the effects of high starch diets on horse behaviour and performance and evaluated many feeds including rice bran and coconut meal. It is now well known that high NSC (non structural carbohydrate) feeds are a major contributor to obesity and the associated metabolic disorders in horses including gastrointestinal ulcers, insulin resistance, colic, lameness, laminitis, EMS and Cushing’s disease.

Tim pioneered the research into coconut meal and coconut oil in horse and cattle nutrition in the 1980’s. Good quality coconut meal contains a high level of digestible energy (from the 8-10% coconut oil, and the digestible fibre) and a low NSC (11%) and it is an excellent feed for most horses. CoolStance coconut is now fed widely throughout Australia, and is also available in the US and UK.