Eira Ney



About Me & Edison

My name is Eira Ney (MSc.) and I am an enthusiastic Equine Nutritionist and the founder of Edison´s Equine Nutrition from Finland.

I have graduated from the University of Helsinki, Finland and hold both Bachelor´s and Master´s degree in Animal Nutrition from the department of Animal Sciences. I have deepened my knowledge on equines doing studies in Netherlands, at the University of Wageningen and in United States, at the University of California, Davis. I wrote my Master’s Thesis on effect of starch concentration, starch intake and NDF concentration in horse’s diet on hindgut fermentation (Meta-analysis, 2016). Currently I live in Norther California with my husband and our 1,5-year-old son Jasper.

My whole life has been about horses which lead me to my passion for equine nutrition. In fact, if I got a wish from a genie, I would probably want to be a feed particle going thru the horse’s gastrointestinal tract. I am absolutely fascinated by the function and mechanisms of this amazing hindgut fermenting system that we are trying to comprehend. The different anatomical regions, their tasks and mobility to pass digesta forward in a way that maintains the ideal microbial activity and efficient nutrient absorption is just mind blowing. How do different feedstuffs & structures, processing types and feeding management effect digesta flow and over all nutrient absorption?

As we have domesticated horses, we have taken them to an environment that doesn’t necessarily support their natural eating behavior hence it doesn’t stimulate the gastrointestinal tract in the designed way. Luckily, as we learn more and gain knowledge, we have been able to change our management styles and design ways for horses to be more comfortable and stimulate those natural eating habits.

So, if you were to ask me what are my most exciting interests in equine nutrition, I would definitely say gastrointestinal structure and function as well as feeding management.

Many people ask me who is Edison?

Edison is my beloved dog. This amazing Finnish Bear dog mix has gone thru ups & downs with me and travelled the world. He has done most of my stable visits with me so many of my clients know him well. When it was time to name my startup, with no hesitations, I wanted it to be called Edison´s.

E & E