Category Archives: General

Q&A with Dr. Nonella: Starch and Sugar Content in Flix Treats

Q: Can you tell me the starch and sugar content of your Flix product? How are you binding it into pellet form (with sugars?) A: Thank you for the question. The starch and sugar content on Flix is 1% and 8.5%, respectively. Flaxseed has shown to actually lower blood sugar spikes because of the fatty acid balance. The balance provides anti-inflammatory properties, positively affects glucose metabolism, helps control insulin levels in the body, and supports thyroid…

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 Love Between a Girl and her First Horse

We all hear, “Girls, and their horses”. Well, that statement couldn’t ring more true. Beginning at a young age I had horse fever. I was raised in a family where horses were not a way of life, or a passion for either one of my parents. Luckily, my grandfather raised Paso Fino horses so summers spent at his small farm in Lebanon, Oregon were my get away. It wasn’t until my 8th grade year that …

To Blanket or Not to Blanket Your Horse??

Do you start blanketing your horse when temperatures drop below forty degrees, or do you hold off until the cold below freezing temperatures hit, or do you blanket your horse at all? The truth about it all is that most horses do fine without blankets throughout winter. Of course, horses will need adequate shelter to protect them from the elements and plenty of forage and energy to generate heat. Horse’s Winter Coats: Horse’s coats are composed of …

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 …

Increased Risk of Laminitis in Fall Grasses

What is Laminitis? Laminitis is an inflammatory condition in the hoof tissues, called lamina,  that bond the hoof wall to the coffin bone. Laminitis can be very painful to the horse. It can affect a horse of any age male or female at any time of the year. However, typically horses that are obese or have a history of metabolic or hormonal issues are more prone to laminitis. How Fall Grasses Can Affect Laminitis: You may think …