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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.

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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 …

Vitamin D for horses in the Northwest

Customer: "I am currently supplementing all of my horses (10) with Mega Dose which supplies 8000 IU of Vitamin D3.  I live on the coast of Oregon where our horses are blanketed a lot due to weather and sunlight is in short supply this time of year.  Should I consider a Vitamin D supplement during the winter?  (Requirements call for 22000 IU of D.)"   Answer by Ph.D. Equine Nutritionist, Kelsey Johnson-Nonella: Thank you for the question. When feeding …

Supplementing Your Broodmare and Foal

When thinking about the nutrition of broodmares and foals, most people understand the importance of the macro minerals calcium, phosphorus, and magnesium, which is needed for the rapid bone growth in the fetus in late gestation and once the foal is born. However, breeders sometimes don’t realize that certain trace minerals and vitamins during gestation and nursing are extremely important in the growth, development, and health of foals. For this reason it is very important …

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 …

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. Royce Royce 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 …

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 …