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An Equine Nutritionist’s First Hand Experience Feeding a PSSM Horse

As an equine nutritionist, I have done my fair share of research on Polysaccharide Storage Myopathy (PSSM) to help customers combat these issues with their horses. However, my first-hand experience started a year ago when my sister bought a really nice head horse that she named “B”. While B looked good when she purchased him, he didn’t have the best topline and muscle that we like in our horses. So, we started feeding him up …

If and When to Let Your Metabolic Horse Graze

While it is nice to see your horse turned out on lush green pasture, for anyone that has had a horse with laminitis, it can cause major anxiety. This rings true when you have a horse with insulin resistance, equine metabolic syndrome, or a history of laminitis because they are very sensitive to sugars. While most of these horses do best if they are dry-lotted and fed low NSC hay, this can cause boredom and …

Consider Your Horse’s Diet at a Time of Reduced Work Due to COVID-19

Spring is usually the time of year that we are starting to getting our horses in shape and ready for competition. However, coronavirus-19 has different plans for our spring. With a cancellation of almost all equine events, you may not have your horse in as intensive of training.  I am fortunate enough to have my horses at my own property, and therefore don’t plan to change their exercise levels. Especially with a bunch of young …

Passing Down the Love of Horses and Nutrition

As I sit here in my office of our family company, my one-year-old, Reagan, is running amuck in my office. My three-year-old daughter, Riley, is our “helping” daddy move horses around and tear down some fence. This isn’t the usual scenario, as we have help caring for them so I can focus on answering questions, formulating products, dealing with licensing, etc. However, this makes me think of how lucky I am to have been raised …

Shout Out to the Woman Behind the Scenes of Horse Guard

She is the glue that has kept Horse Guard together and thriving for over 40 years. Many of you may know her, while many others may not. Lori Johnson is not only the wife of founder, Del Johnson and mother to Kelsey and Ty, but she is the CFO, and treasurer of Horse Guard. She helped Del build this company from the ground up, many times bringing his head out of the clouds and back …

Q&A with Dr. Nonella: Starch and Sugar Content in Flix Treats

Q: Can you tell me the starch and sugar content of your Flix product? How are you binding it into pellet form (with sugars?)A: Thank you for the question. The starch and sugar content on Flix is 1% and 8.5%, respectively. Flaxseed has shown to actually lower blood sugar spikes because of the fatty acid balance. The balance provides anti-inflammatory properties, positively affects glucose metabolism, helps control insulin levels in the body, and supports thyroid function. As …

Feeding the Horse with Cushings Disease

When managing a horse with Cushings Disease, it is crucial to manage their diet. A Cushings horse is predisposed to laminitis and a compromised immune system. A proper feeding program can help reduce the chance of laminitis, and at the same time provide a diet that is high in antioxidants, such as selenium, vitamin E, and vitamin C, which aids the immune system. While some horses with Cushings require medication, most can be managed with …

Help Protect Your Horse Against EHV-1 and Other Diseases

It is every horse owner’s nightmare to see their horse suffer. The neurologic form of equine herpesvirus is fatal to many horses. Trouble standing and dripping urine are just a few of the signs of EHM (equine herpesvirus myeloencephalopathy). If these symptoms are seen the prognosis is often very poor, and supportive therapy is all that can be provided.To help protect your horse from this disastrous disease, as well as other diseases, it is important …

What is the Best Overall Feed/Supplement?

Customer: "As I read it the Simplete contains all of the same things as the Trifecta is that correct? I am trying to find the best overall feed/supplement in just one of your products. I currently feed Horse Guard and my senior horse gets Horse Guard as well as the Weight Super Gain. I would appreciate your suggestion. Thank you." Answer by Ph.D. Equine Nutritionist, Kelsey Johnson-Nonella:Simplete High Performance contains a full dose of Trifecta (which includes …

Insulin Resistance in Horses and Selenium Deficiency

Insulin Resistance Insulin resistance (IR) in horses has become fairly common. Most horse owners have heard of insulin resistance. However, do you know exactly what insulin resistance is? It occurs when the body is exposed to too much glucose (sugar) on a regular basis, and the cells sensitivity to insulin is reduced, which in turn causes the body to produce too much insulin and leaves high levels of glucose and insulin in the bloodstream. In a …

Typical Differences in Your Horse’s Hay

When it comes to feeding your horse, you have a lot of different options in terms of types of hay. Different types of hay have different nutrients contents. There is not one type of hay that works best for all horses. A hay that works great for one horse may be too energy dense for one horse or not energy dense enough for another. It is important find the hay that works best for your …

Feeding Your Horse for the First-Time Horse Owner

Whether you are a 12-year-old girl that finally got her parents convinced to get her a horse or an adult to who was finally able to fulfill their own childhood dream of owning a horse, Congratulations! You are in for a love that will last a lifetime. Horses have such a special sense about them. Now that you are a horse owner, you have a huge responsibility to care for that horse.Horses aren’t just a …