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Passion for Horse Health.

Commitment to Improving Equine Nutrition
& Options Available for Horses with Special Forage Needs.


Natalie Shaw’s passion to provide better forage options for horse owners grew from her decade long experiences as an equine nutrition consultant in the Northwest. Her interest in equine nutrition industry began while working at a local feed store to support herself through the Animal Science undergraduate program at Montana State University.

Natalie was sought out and hired directly out of college by a successful Fortune 100 agricultural cooperative and tasked with growing the equine feed business for the company. After five years of industry experience, she took the American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists (ARPAS) equine test to be professionally certified in her field.

As a result of Natalie’s expertise and interest in forage options for horses severely metabolic and/or overweight, she set out to provide a centralized resource for horse owners needing to locate growers and retailers of low carbohydrate forage. Low Carb Horse Hay was developed to address those needs, plus go one important step further – – provide CERTIFICATION of the carbohydrate level of the various forage options, so buyers could trust the product and the source. Like all horse owners, Natalie puts the horse’s health first.
Gaining national attention, Natalie is known as an excellent educator and public speaker whether presenting to professionals, students or veterinarians. Not only has she excelled in her profession, she is a lifetime member, graduate “A” and current National Examiner for the United States Pony Club. When not working full time or progressing in her graduate program, she instructs regionally and nationally for the USPC.

Natalie & StellaNatalie lives and breathes the equine industry at work and at play. She is unique in her field in that she is actively riding and competing, which means that her consulting is modified and improved by personal experience. Natalie has experienced metabolic problems in her own horses and takes pride in making mature, realistic recommendations to her equestrian friends and clients. She is currently competing in the sport of eventing on her Swedish Warmblood mare, Stella Doro, throughout the Northwest.

What veterinarians and growers say about Natalie Shaw  (hover below to stop and read)


“We consider Natalie Shaw the expert in Teff and low carb hay for our area. She has been an asset to our practice for resources and products to help with Equine Metabolic Syndrome cases as well as educating our staff.”

Jaimie Lewellyn

Operations/Inventory Manager,
Del Oeste Equine Hospital



“Natalie’s research plan and procedure was detailed enough that I felt confident that the results would be useful to me in my growing and marketing of the teff. I was interested in her multi farm approach and sharing of information. The extensive testing between varieties and cuttings will give me the knowledge necessary to produce horse quality hay!”

Bob Crouse

Owner of Fort Vannoy Farm,
Grants Pass OR


“Teff Hay production is new to me, this is my 2nd year. Working with Natalie Shaw on a research field of mine near Touchet , WA has been a great learning experience. Through Natalie and her other teff hay growers we all learn the do and don’ts to making the best horse hay. Thank you Natalie !!!!”

Randy Deruwe

Owner of Deruwe Farms ,
Touchet, WA


“Natalie Shaw is a multi-talented person with numerous supportive and interrelated interests with a common focus on horse health and nutrition. For the past eight years she has been employed full time by CHS Nutrition as a horse nutritionist and consultant. This work fits perfectly with her grad school research interests and thesis research she has planned under the direction of Dr. Steve Fransen, WSU at Prosser, WA.”

Steve Fransen

Ph.D. – Forage Research Agronomist & Extension Specialist,
Washington State University, WA


“As I am sure you have heard from many people dealing with founder and/or Cushings, I recently learned in a dramatic way the importance of the work you are doing; when we suddenly realized a long-term need for low-carb hay for our herd, we learned at the same time that it is almost impossible to find a consistently good-quality and affordable local source. Connecting hay producers with the growing ranks of equine consumers who need good-quality, low-carb hay is a much-needed service, and will likely save a good deal of hoof pain and heartache for some!”

Karin Bolender

Philomath, Oregon


“Nutrition is fundamental. Roughage (hay) is the foundation of your horse’s diet – yet many horse owners don’t know what is in this major portion of their horse’s diet. This is especially true for horses with insulin dysregulation (insulin resistance, Metabolic Syndrome. PPID, Equine Cushing’s disease). I applaud Natalie Shaw’s efforts to bring to market a roughage that is consistently low in carbohydrates.”

Hank Greenwald, DVM

Equine Medicine & Surgery, Preston, WA

Guest Presenter Opportunities

Conferences, association meetings and clubs have enjoyed the opportunity to include Natalie Shaw as a guest speaker in their program agenda.

Natalie is available, barring scheduling conflicts, to address your attendees on topics that include Horse Nutrition, Horse Health & Feeds, Low Carbohydrate Diet Needs, and more.

Let us know your specific area of interest by completing the inquiry form below.

Thank you. We look forward to improving horse health everywhere!

Guest Presenter Inquiry

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