Science Supplements & Dr David Marlin

Science Supplements

The very first Science Supplements products were the brainchild of Dr David Marlin, a scientist with 25 years’ experience in the horse industry who has worked with the FEI, IOC and as a consultant to the British Equestrian Teams since 1994.


Author of books and over 200 scientific papers Dr Marlin developed these products to fulfil the need of his professional clients for quality supplements, containing high grade, clinically proven ingredients that work.


From 2003 – 2012 the range of supplements were only available to professional riders, trainers, producers, yards and studs in racing, polo, endurance, showjumping, eventing and dressage, plus to the wider equestrian community in the United States in partnership with Purina Animal Nutrition. 2014 saw the launch of the products in the UK and futher export to other parts of the world.


Since then we have racked up a list of accolades: 

2014 - Winner of the International Innovation Award for our Gut Balancer product

2016 - Finalist for the Nutritional Helpline of the Year Award for Excellence in Nutritional Advice and Customer Service

2016 - Our double blind, placebo controlled study on joint supplement FlexAbility is accepted by the Journal of Equine Veterinary Science. This first of it's kind.

2017 - Finalist in the BETA Business Awards for Sales Representative of the Year.

2017 - Runner Up in  the Nutritional Helpline of the Year Award for Excellence in Nutritional Advice and Customer Service

2017 - Winner of the International Innovation Award for our GastroKind product


Science Supplements ethos is to only produce products with demonstrated efficacy that address real problems and which have been proven to work through laboratory, clinical and field trials. Equally important to us are safety, quality, palatability and consistency. We are also able to provide an unrivalled level of support on our product range because we believe in giving the right advice, for the right reasons, to get the best results for your horse, supported by respected industry scientists, veterinary practitioners and experts in equine exercise, physiology and nutrition.


All of our products contain key ingredients that are clinically and scientifically proven to have benefits to performance, health and wellbeing. Our products do not contain unnecessary fillers and we only use high grade, premium ingredients meaning your horse get the best possible nutritional support.


We believe in honesty, integrity and our range of products have been developed based on fact, not fiction.


Latest Technology

What we know and learn about our horses is ever changing and the more we understand through new innovations and studies, the better we can provide for them.

We use this technology across our entire range. For example, electrolyte uptake is greatest via the small intestine, therefore our Complete Electrolyte supplement uses MicroBead TM Technology: a unique delivery system, that achieves optimal uptake and reduces gastric irritation that may be caused by normal electrolytes dissolving in the stomach.


Clinical & Scientific Trials

Independent data takes the guesswork out of choosing which supplement to buy. At the British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) congress in 2013, the findings of the trials undertaken on FlexAbility were accepted and presented to the congress by Dr Rachel Murray, an internationally recognised equine orthopaedic clinician and researcher.

“Although supplements are frequently given to many horses, as a veterinary surgeon and scientist, I have often been frustrated by the lack of evidence and science behind the claims being made about how various supplements work. There is currently little industry requirement for scientific proof about supplements, and little incentive to do so because scientific proof is expensive to achieve! So I have been impressed that Science Supplements are investing in scientific investigation of how their supplements work in horses that are using them.”



What you see is what you get! Clear, simple, transparent labelling allows you to see how much of each ingredient goes into each product. The entire range is tested for prohibited substances under the BETA NOPS scheme and extra screening for peace of mind, such as testing for mycotoxins, and independent laboratory testing to confirm active ingredient levels are standard.

We manufacture to a strict code of feed safety. Our products are manufactured in our licensed premises using quality assured ingredients under strictly controlled production conditions and conforms to the requirements of EU and UK legislation governing the manufacture of animal feeding stuffs. We monitor for the presence of specified naturally occurring prohibited substances (NOPS) as required under the rules of racing and other affiliated competitions which are in line with BETA NOPS guidelines. Adherence to these guidelines ensures that the risk of occurrence of such substances is minimised.



Take the Science Supplements Challenge

Dr David Marlin:


“I formulated the range of products after many years of listening to my professional rider and trainer clients complaining about the lack of quality, efficacy and ingredients going into supplements. I firmly believe you will not find better products on the market and rather than take my word for it I encourage anyone to compare our active ingredient levels to any product you can find on the shelves today.”


Please view our range of products and we are always happy to give free advice from our team of experts on 0345 5046940.


Dr David Marlin

Dr David Marlin is a graduate of Stirling University in Scotland. He trained with FBHS dressage rider and coach Judy Harvey before going on to obtain his PhD from Loughborough University after studying the responses of horses to exercise and training at the world famous Animal Health Trust in Newmarket.


He then worked as equine exercise physiologist for racehorse trainer Luca Cumani before returning to The Animal Health Trust as Head of Physiology.


Dr Marlin has worked with the FEI (Fédération Equestre Internationale) and IOC (International Olympic Committee) and as a consultant to the British Equestrian Teams since 1994 and has been a member of the World Class Performance Scientific Advisory Group.


Dr Marlin’s recent projects have included a review of the effects of temperature on horses during transport for the British Government, an investigation of welfare in Endurance racing for the FEI, development of testing methods for equine protective leg boots, scientific study of the training methods of Monty Roberts and epidemiological investigations into factors associated with elite equine performance.


He holds the academic position of Professor in Physiology at Oklahoma State University, is the author of over 200 scientific papers and book chapters and is the past Chair of the International Conference on Equine Exercise Physiology.


Please view our range of products and we are always happy to give free advice from our team of experts on 0345 504 6940.

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