Category Archives: Nutritionist Q&A

REPLACING CURRENT PRODUCTS WITH HORSE GUARD PRODUCTS

Customer: “I'm interesting in replacing most or all of my supplements and/or grain for my horse with those from your company. She currently is taking SmartDigest Ultra, Horse Guard, Biotin, and Mare Magic. Could you please let me know what products you carry which are compatible to the above products? I would like to buy locally from now on.” Answer by Ph.D. Equine Nutritionist, Kelsey Johnson Nonella: You have a couple different options. You could replace the SmartDigest …

FEEDING A RESCUE HORSE

Customer: “I am currently feeding my horse Super Weight Gain. I am very pleased with his weight gain. He is looking good and is almost at an ideal weight. Could you please give me the approximate number of kilocalories per pound (or a similar unit) for this product and the protein and fat content? Thank you.”   Answer by Ph.D. Equine Nutritionist, Kelsey Johnson Nonella: Great to hear Super Weight Gain has helped your horse out. In 8 ounces …

IS MY HORSE GETTING ENOUGH AMINO ACIDS

Customer: “Hello, I feed my 3 horse and mini oats, Cocosoya oil, and Horse Guard. I'm wondering if the Horse Guard has a sufficient amount of amino acids in it? ” Answer by Ph.D. Equine Nutritionist, Kelsey Johnson Nonella: When fed a high-quality hay with the oats, oil, and Horse Guard, your horses are receiving sufficient amino acids. There are only few times that you would have to worry about insufficient amounts of amino acids. A young horse or …

SUPPLEMENT FOR MY MARE WITH LOOSE STOOLS

Customer: “We have a mare we rescued a few years ago. Her age is unknown. The vets have estimated between 8-15. She is having loose stools. The vet did an exam on her stool and described an excessive amount of bacteria. Put her on msm for several weeks helped for a while but it always comes back. It doesn't seem to matter what her diet is. She is the same on grass pasture in the summer …

HELPING MY HORSE WITH STIFLE ISSUES

Customer: “My 15 year old paint gelding has chronic stifle clicking and I have tried everything that has scientific based info from vets to actual scientist, nothing has given this boy any relief. He is a big horse and I think was used way to hard before I got him. He is on mixed hay, some Timothy pellets, small amount, as a daily treat with ground flax seed, and a probiotic, we have tried shots for …

HOOF CARE PRODUCTS

Customer: “I am very interested in your hoof products. However, do you have any hoof supplements that aren't extruded as my horse doesn't find them to be very palatable. Thank you.”   Answer by Ph.D. Equine Nutritionist, Kelsey Johnson Nonella: Our products that are exclusively hoof supplements are only sold in the extruded form. However, Trifecta, which contains a full dose of Hoof Guard, a vitamin-mineral supplement, gut supplement, and powerful joint supplement is a pelleted product. When talking about hoof …

CRUDE PROTEIN IN HORSE GUARD

Customer: “Could you please tell me the amounts of crude protein, fat, and fiber in Horse Guard?” Answer by Ph.D. Equine Nutritionist, Kelsey Johnson Nonella: A 2 ounce dose of Horse Guard is 12% Crude Protein, 3.5% Crude Fat, and 10% Crude Fiber. It is important to remember, however, when considering the whole diet of a horse that 2 ounces is a very small amount. So, when formulating a ration the crude protein, fat, and fiber are minute …

MAGNESIUM IN HORSE GUARD

Customer: “Hello, can you tell me how many grams are in Horse Guard? It only gives mg. I want to make sure my horses are getting enough magnesium.” Answer by Ph.D. Equine Nutritionist, Kelsey Johnson Nonella: Your horse is getting 0.175 grams of magnesium is his 2 ounce dose of Horse Guard. The average horse needs to consume 10 grams of magnesium a day. Magnesium is a macro mineral and therefore is consumed in amounts higher than can …

CONSIDERING THE FREE CHOICE MINERAL

Customer: “I have been researching free choice mineral supplements and see the repeating theme that salt should be separate. I was going to purchase a "stress kit" from Advanced Biological Concepts but they use sodium selenite. I realize this is asking for your time on a 3-horse owner with little benefit to your company, but I would really like some information on the use of your free choice mineral with salt. Is the salt being included …

WHAT TO FEED WITH HORSE GUARD

Customer: “I just ordered your product, Horse Guard, per recommendation from my vet. My horse is a 16-year old in moderate work, fed a grass/alfalfa mix twice daily, a hay local to us here in Utah. He does not have access to field/grass turnout or any additional forage. He is of good weight, and has a healthy coat and hooves, but like many horse owners, I felt like he might be missing key nutrients in his …

SUPPLEMENT WITH NO IRON FOR IR HORSE

Customer: “I saw your product for the first time today and was very interested in trying it BUT saw that is has iron in it. I have been reading in the ECIR.org site for IR horses and iron has the potential to be bad for IR horses. Do you make a similar product without iron?”   Answer by Ph.D. Equine Nutritionist, Kelsey Johnson Nonella: We sell an organic selenium and vitamin E product which provides 3 mg of organic …

INORGANIC SELENIUM IN MY HOOF SUPPLEMENT

Customer: “As I am just beginning to better understand the needs and issues of selenium, I have a question about inorganic selenium in small (1 mg/day) quantities.  I have athletic American Saddlebreds that I use as endurance horses. Currently, they are fed HorseGuard in addition to 60/40 grass/alfalfa here in the eastern parts of the Pacific Northwest.  My 4-year old could benefit from the addition of Biotin and I mistakenly ordered one that contains an addition …