All posts by Tania Crawford

Lindsey is the Office Manager at Horse Guard, Inc. She has a deep love and Passion for horses.

You have to love stories with happy endings

You have to love stories with happy endings. Stories about the abused/neglected/abandoned finding their “forever homes”. The story of one of Super Weight Gain’s “cover” horses is one such story.This is Phantom. In the Spring of 2009, he and four other horses were rescued from a shed where they had been held without food for who knows how long. One of the sheriffs’ deputies who rescued them called them “five of the most emaciated horses …

No Lysine in Horse Guard?

Customer:“Can you tell me why your Horse Guard contains no lysine?”Answer from Equine Nutritionist, Del Johnson:Thank you for your inquiry. Lysine is an essential amino acid in humans and is important in young horses before their caecum is developed. Most nutritionists believe that after the caecum is developed they are capable of producing their own lysine in the caecum and lower intestinal tract. Even so some nutritionists do recommend supplementation. It is important to note …

How much Selenium is in Horse Guard and why?

Customer: “How much Selenium is in Horse Guard and why?” Answer from Equine Nutritionist, Del Johnson:   All of our multi-vitamin/mineral products provide 3 mg. of organic selenium to a 1000 lb horse. Horse Guard provides it in a 2 ounce dose. Nutritional recommendations vary greatly no matter the element to which they refer. Most nutritionists are not from a selenium deficient area and know little about the deficiency. We were the first company to provide an oral equine supplement …

Non GMO Soybeans?

Customer:“Is the soy that is used in Super Weight Gain non GMO (Genetically Modified)?”Answer from Equine Nutritionist, Del Johnson: Thanks for your question. In the US it is difficult to get non-GMO soybeans through conventional suppliers. Below is a statement on non-GMO soybeans from GMO Compass:GM plants are widespread in the world’s leading soybean producing countries. • The United States (85%) and Argentina (98%) produce almost exclusively GM soybeans. In these countries, GM soybeans are …

Iodine Recommendations

Customer: “I've been giving my horses Horse Guard for years and I use free feed salt. Normally I just use straight un-iodized salt figuring they get the iodine they need in the Horse Guard. My feed store was out of the stuff I normally buy & very highly recommended Redmond Salt. The warehouse guy accidentally gave me the high iodized bag. Luckily I read the label before I opened it & saw the iodine levels (it's …

Insulin Resistance?

Customer:“We moved to San Diego from Bend/Redmond four years ago and brought our, now 24, quarter horse with us. He's always been an easy keeper and for 15 years we have given him Horse Guard. We are now seeing this product on the shelves of some feed stores. However, he has just tested positive for Cushing's (54) and started on meds. We have soaked his Orchard hay to remove sugar, he's lost 50#, looks good. …

A Complete Feed to Pair With Trifecta?

Customer:I really believe in the Trifecta product. Might you suggest a safe "complete " pellet food source to use in concert with Trifecta. A pelleted food source that keeps the selenium levels safe for a 21 active horse who events at a low level. My horse has access to a low protein hay ad lib , as well as pasture grass for 6-8 hours per day in Pullman WA. Pasture and hay are from same …

Feeding a Foal?

Customer: “Is it okay to feed to three month old foal? If so what amount?” Answer from Equine Nutritionist, Del Johnson: Yes it is OK to feed foals. You will feed by weight as with all horses. Horse Guard is fed at 1 ounce per 500 lbs. So if the foal is on a creep feed to supplement the mare’s milk you will feed by the weight of the foal. If he is 100 lbs you would feed about 1/5th …