Category Archives: Advice From Dr. Nonella

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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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 …

Common Equine Nutritional Diseases

Despite our best efforts to provide our beloved animals with high quality feed, horses are nonetheless prone to equine nutritional diseases that can adversely affect their performance and health. These diseases are categorized into one of three main areas: directly related to nutrition, indirectly related to nutrition, or a combination of the two. Those directly related to nutrition are, generally speaking, completely preventable with proper nutrition and supplementation management. Those indirectly related to nutrition aren’t …

TREAT YOUR HORSE TO OMEGA-3 FATTY ACIDS IN FLAX

You have undoubtedly heard about how great omega-3 fatty acids are for your horse. But what are omega-3s? Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids are essential fatty acids that must be provided by the diet to meet the body’s requirements. These fatty acids are the basic building blocks for fat in your horse’s body. There needs to be a proper balance of these fatty acids for your horse to achieve optimal health. Ideal omega-6 to omega-3 …

Keeping Your Horse’s Joints Fluid and Functional

Joint Support for Performance Horses Your horse is a very valuable competitor and companion to you as a horse owner. The time and effort put in training and care is immense. So, you want your horse to live a long, healthy, athletic life. However, joints of horses performing at high levels are taxed heavily during competition. So, it is our job to provide them with preventative care and maintenance of their joints. Oral joint supplementation helps …

Helping Your Horse Gain and Maintain Weight

Horses come in all shapes and sizes. Some horses tend to be easy keepers, while others tend to have faster metabolisms and won’t reach your desired condition no matter how you manage them. Do you need to help your horse gain and maintain weight? Many different factors can keep your horse from gaining weight, and often times it is a combination of these factors. Breed, age, temperament, nutritional status, dental condition, parasites, gut flora, and feed …

Why Do You Need Horse Supplements?

Horse supplements are a vital part of keeping your horse healthy and happy. Using supplements help you proactively prevent and treat of various ailments in horses. It is important to identify what you are looking to improve in order to get the results that you want. Joint Strengthening Joint health is critical to avoiding serious bone damage and pain. As horses age, their bones becomes weaker and can often effect their ability to walk properly. There are …

Fly Girl Joins the Horse Guard Herd

On Sunday of Memorial Day weekend, a bay filly was born here at Horse Guard. To honor all our U.S. service men and women, we decided to name her “Fly Girl” after the women pilots in WWII.  We are very excited for this flashy filly’s future, as her parents and grandparents have excelled in the rodeo arena. Fly Girl’s mother, Docs Red Rita, was an outstanding competitor and is an amazing producer. Rita has been part …

Detecting and Managing Ulcers in Horses

            Imagine trying to run a race when you are having extremely bad heartburn. The pain alone would keep you from performing to the best of your ability. Now, consider the same condition for your horse, with a gastric ulcer. Around 60% of performance horses have been shown to have gastric ulcers. There are many compounding factors that can cause ulcers in horses, such as meal frequency, feeds, exercise, and medications.            The majority of horses …

Low Selenium Horse Deaths in Central Oregon

Selenium Deficiency linked to the deaths of Horses in Central Oregon                 I wanted to share a story to help educate horse owners on the importance of making sure your horses’ vitamin and mineral needs are being met, especially selenium. When I talk to people in the Northwest, most know that we live in a selenium deficient area. However, when I ask them what they supplement their horse with some people reply that their horse looks …

How To Determine What Nutrients Your Horse Needs

Almost anyone who took high school biology will remember that all organisms need nutrients in order to carry out life processes. The things humans need to carry out those processes are the same for horses, wolves, and dolphins, and they are: carbohydrates, proteins, lipids (fats), vitamins, minerals, and water. As horse owners, we want to make sure our animals are getting optimal nutrition. But factors such as age, weight, status, and workload means that you …