All posts by 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.

The Time and Place for a Selenium Injection

Selenium shots were once common practice for horses in selenium-deficient areas. A veterinarian once told my dad that it was “the way” to administer selenium to horses.  However, as more research has been done, it has been determined that a daily selenium supplementation is much more effective and healthy for your horse, rather than a shot.  Your horse is supposed to consume selenium, like all other nutrients, on a daily basis in order to keep …

Fall Red Maple Leaves and Your Horse Don’t Mix

As the leaves turn orange, yellow and red in the fall, they make for beautiful scenery across pastures. However, there are some trees that you should be aware that are poisonous to your horse, especially in the fall. Such trees can cause sickness and in some cases even death in horses that consume the tree or the leaves. Red Maple Leaves Red Maples trees are seemingly harmless for most of the year; however, as the leaves wilt …

Two of Horse Guard’s Herd Poly and Royce: Then and Now

As you may recall, two years ago two more fillies were born into the Horse Guard herd. One was born healthy and strong. The other filly contracted septicemia shortly after birth and spent a considerable amount of time at Bend Equine Veterinary Hospital. See them then and now. RoyceRoyce didn’t have it very easy at first. She was born to Tumbleweed, by Smooth Guy as well. She was born slightly smaller, but that was to be …

Soybeans and Flaxseed: Amazing “Cool Energy” Feedstuffs

Soybeans have gotten a bad rep in the horse world. However, they are a great “cool” feedstuff for your horse. Soybeans, when processed and fed correctly, are a great source of protein and fat for your horse. They are also a great source of phosphorus, low in fiber, and are highly digestible. To get the most benefit for your horse, consider what type of soy you are feeding your horse. For the greatest benefit to …

Breakaway Roping Getting Taken to the Next Level

Tremendous effort has been put into taking Women’s Breakaway Roping to the next level by Jennifer Casey. A sport that had once hit a ceiling once girls reached college has gained new life. With the support of great committees we will have WPRA Breakaway Roping at eight Pro Rodeos in the 2017 rodeo season. As a Breakaway Roper, myself, I am very excited to where the future of Breakaway Roping is headed, and Horse Guard …

PUTTING WEIGHT ON MY HORSE WITH KIDNEY DAMAGE?

Customer: "I have a 2 yr old colt that was overdosed on bute when he was castrated which damaged his kidneys so he now needs to have limited protein and calcium in his diet so I have him on Horse Guard to ensure he gets all the vitamins and mineral he needs and I love it. But he is dropping weight and so I was thinking of switching him over to Super Weight Gain but I …

HELPING STRENGTHEN MY HORSE’S HOOVES

Customer: “Hi there, two 900lb. horses - one with great feet, but will soon be turned out into a rocky paddock area daily, other horse has thin walled hooves / sensitivity (might not put her in paddock due to this).  Both have been on Horse Guard w/ grass hay min. 5 years.  Friend says give Hoof & Hair also.  Seems like too much biotin & other things.  Can you advise?”Answer by Ph.D. Equine Nutritionist, Kelsey Johnson …

IS MY HORSE GETTING EVERYTHING HE NEEDS?

Customer: “I've been using the standard horse guard, with success, my question is there any other trace minerals that I need to give my horse other than salt?” Answer by Ph.D. Equine Nutritionist, Kelsey Johnson Nonella:Great to hear your horse is doing well on Horse Guard. Giving your horse access to a plain white salt block and feeding him Horse Guard with a good quality hay (and a concentrate if you choose) will take care of all …

HOW MUCH BIOTIN IN SIMPLETE ACTIVE/SENIOR?

How Much Biotin in Simplete Active/Senior?Customer: “Hi, I am wondering how much Biotin is in a 2lb serving?” Answer by Ph.D. Equine Nutritionist, Kelsey Johnson Nonella:In a 2lb serving of Simplete Active/Senior there is 4.5 mg of biotin. If you want more biotin you could either add Hoof Guard to your Simplete Active/Senior, or switch to Simplete High Performance. Simplete High Performance contains Trifecta which has 32 mg of biotin, and higher levels of joint support with …

NEED A BOOST FOR HOOVES

Customer: “I have had my older gelding on Horse Guard, a joint supplement, and Sand Clear for years. Recently his hooves don’t seem to be in very good shape, so I think I should add a hoof supplement, but I want to keep it as simple as possible. What would you recommend?” Answer by Ph.D. Equine Nutritionist, Kelsey Johnson Nonella:Sorry to hear about your horse’s hooves. Sounds like you take great care of him. I think Trifecta …

SUPPLEMENTING MY ARTHRITIC HORSE

Customer: “My horse has extremely bad arthritis. I have him on Trifecta and am considering adding Joint Guard to help him out as much as I can. Would I be overdoing the joint support if I did this? Should I consider just switching to Joint Guard?” Answer by Ph.D. Equine Nutritionist, Kelsey Johnson Nonella:Sorry to hear about your horse. I would recommend keeping him on Trifecta and adding the Joint Guard. There are so many things in …

SUPPLEMENTING A HORSE ALLERGIC TO SOY

Customer: “Hello, I am inquiring about your product for a horse who ties up, and as well is allergic to any type of soy product. What can I do for this type of horse?” Answer by Ph.D. Equine Nutritionist, Kelsey Johnson Nonella:Thank you for your question. Our products would address a selenium and vitamin E deficiency that for very often linked to horses tying up.I would recommend one of two products. The first product that I would …