Category Archives: Nutritionist Q&A

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 …

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 …

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 …

DO YOU HAVE A PRODUCT TO HELP TOPLINE?

Customer: “My 14 year old gelding has a poor top line. Is there any product that can improve that? He is in good shape otherwise.”   Answer by Ph.D. Equine Nutritionist, Kelsey Johnson Nonella: There are many factors that can affect topline. However, nutritionally Super Weight Gain would provide him with a high quality protein, in addition to a great vitamin-mineral supplement which will aid in producing muscle mass over his topline. This supplement along with exercise that engages …

SWITCHING MY SENIOR HORSE TO YOUR PRODUCT

Customer: “I'm thinking about switching my senior horse feed regiment to your product. He's a 22yr old appendix paint 17 hands tall. I've gotten him up to a healthy weight he was thin when I rescued him. My concern is I’m feeding a lot of senior grain and I’m worried about the amount of sugar. I'm feeding 6lbs 2x day senior grain and 3lbs 2x day rice bran, good quality hay and bottom ground pasture. I …