Am I Feeding The Right Stuff?


“I am feeding horse guard right now to my 2 senior horses (20 and 24 yr old) and my 12yr molly mule.  They are getting 3 way and a little alfalfa  morning and night in a slow feeder. I give them Horse Guard and a little Intergity no molassas in the evening.  They are ridden almost everyday only on trail rides up & down steep hills, any where from 3 to 6 hours. I worry about the selenium, that they are not getting enough or getting to much. or if I need to give them something else.  I live in Benton, California where the selenium is very low.  I just hope that I am doing the right thing for them.  Let me know what you think.  Thanks so much.”

Answer by Ph.D. Equine Nutritionist, Kelsey Johnson Nonella:

It sounds like you are taking amazing care of your horses. It sounds as though their diet is very suited for their workload as well as the area you are located in. When feeding them their daily dose of Horse Guard, they are receiving 3 mg of organic selenium, which is higher than other products on the market because it is designed for areas that are low in selenium. Research has shown that 3 mg of organic selenium increases immune function, and muscle function and recovery as compared to horses fed 1 mg organic selenium.

You are doing a great job of ensuring the good overall health for your horses with great nutrition.

Let me know if I can answer any more questions for you.

Horse Guard


About Dr. Kelsey J. Nonella Ph.D., P.A.S.

Kelsey J. Nonella, Ph.D. is an equine nutritionist who was riding horses before she could walk. Her love for horses drives her to help educate people on what their horses’ needs in order to have happy, healthy horses. Kelsey went to Cal Poly receiving a Bachelor’s of Science in Animal Science and then onto West Texas A&M, where she got her Masters and eventually her Doctorates in Equine Science. At A&M, Dr. Nonella did extensive research on Selenium within horses. Click here to view her research. Kelsey’s colleagues have mentioned her as one of the United States equine Selenium experts.
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