Nutracheck equine is a handheld near-infrared (NIR) spectrometer and associated cell phone application that scans feed, pasture, supplements, and hay to develop the optimal feed regimen for equids. The easy to use scanner sends the material analysis of feed, hay, and pasture straight to the cell phone application and inputs the information into an algorithm that determines changes or additions to the feed regimen if needed. The algorithm takes into account body weight, activity level, desired weight, time on pasture, and supplements. This application can also be used to assess feed quality at distributors or stores and hay quality for bargining power. Supplements can be assessed for quality, composition, and safety. In addition to a balanced feed program for the equid, Nutracheck equine may save horse and barn owners money by reducing the amount of supplements, feed, and hay required to maintain optimal health.