Category Archives: Nutritionist Q&A

Feeding Horse Guard With SmartDigest Ultra

Customer: “I am giving my 13 yr old mare, Horse Guard and SmartDigest Ultra (pellet form). Since both supplements contain probiotics and prebiotics, is it safe to continue to use both products or should I only use Horse Guard? Thanks” Answer by Ph.D. Equine Nutritionist, Kelsey Johnson Nonella: It is perfectly safe to feed both products together, as you don't have to worry about …

Putting Weight On An Active Arabian

Customer: “I have two Polish Arabians that I rescued last year. When I got them one was very underweight and from what I learned he has never been up to full weight at any time. I have tried all different weight gain products and nothing seems to help. I live in SC so alfalfa in the summer is not an option i want. He is 5 and I'm just starting to …

Could My Horse Be Selenium Deficient?

Customer: “What symptoms are seen in selenium deficient horses? I have a 30 yr. old AQHA gelding, about 2-3 months ago he went off his feed and water, seemed depressed and was moving stiffer than usual. Thats when I noticed his muscles twitching especially in his shoulder and flank areas. The twitches range from 4-5 up to 20-30 per minute in each area; with an average of 10-15 per minute. He …

Additional Hoof Supplement With Trifecta

Customer: “Can an additional hoof supplement be combined with Trifecta?” Answer by Ph.D. Equine Nutritionist, Kelsey Johnson Nonella: Although Trifecta already contained a hoof supplement, you can add an extra hoof supplement, such as Hoof Guard or Biotin Hoof Blast, to increase the amount of biotin, zinc, methionine, and MSM to help with hoof growth and strength for horses with really bad hooves. If you …

Supplementing My Seniors

Customer: “I have two horses, a 24-year-old Quarter Horse and a 19-year-old Appaloosa. The Quarter Horse is retired, and the Appaloosa is lightly ridden. They have been on Horse Guard for 15 years and look fabulous. I've also recently started them on Hoof Guard. They are on pasture about 5 hours a day, get 2 cups of oats once a day (mixed with their supplements), and get a light "dinner" …

Is There Enough Selenium In Horse Guard

Customer: “Is there enough Selenium in Trifecta for horses in a Selenium deficient areas? I am feeding Platinum Performance now and even though there is Selenium in that supplement, it is not enough for this area in Northeastern California.” Answer by Ph.D. Equine Nutritionist, Kelsey Johnson Nonella: Yes, 8 ounces of Trifecta contains 3 my of 100% organic selenium, which are adequate amounts of …

Feeding A Healthy Diet To My Minis

Customer: “I have two mini's both of which have been foundered (one of them has cushings). I'm concerned about whether I'm feeding them correctly. I'd been told by a farrier to feed them just grass hay but I'v also included in their daily ration a little apple and vitamins. Im' wondering if this diet is too resisted as they always seem to be hungry and a little lethargic. Recently I read …

Feeding Horse Guard And Red Cell

Customer: “My 20 year old quarter horse has a fractured pelvis and hip. He injured himself about 6 weeks ago. Initially, he had a hematoma on his hip and belly that caused him to be quite lethargic. I purchased Red Cell supplement which I started giving in addition to my usual dosage of Horse Guard. Should I continue this or does this give my horse too much of any of the …

Needing to Add A Joint Supplement

Customer: “Our big Quarter Horse that we put on Super Weight Gain about six months ago, finally looks like a horse. I really wish I had some before and after pictures for you guys but we were so concerned with bringing him back after almost losing him last 4th of July, that I didn’t do that. Anyway, he is healthier than he has been in the six years we have had him. But …

Supplementation For Contracted Tendons

Customer: “I am looking at Equine Leg Magic. I have a 2 year old that was born with contracted tendons. We got him over it after a long 6 month battle and now he has strained his leg and one of his legs has re-contracted. My Vet asked me, "You have had him on Vitamin E and Selenium supplements, right?"... umm he is on the turned out program (Whoops) SO I need to get him …

Supplementing My Futurity Prospect

Customer: “I'm looking for a supplement to make sure our yearling gets the right start. I'll be getting our new hay tested, but the old tests very low in selenium especially. It sure looks like Horse Guard is the way to go. I was wondering if you would be willing to look at our hay tests annually to make sure we are not overdoing OR lacking. This filly was a much bigger investment than I've …

Why Do I Need To Supplement Every Day?

Customer: “I was wondering why my horse needs to eat Horse Guard daily?” Answer by Ph.D. Equine Nutritionist, Kelsey Johnson Nonella: Your horse needs Horse Guard daily in order to meet his vitamin-mineral requirements. It is just like humans taking a one-a-day vitamin, however, much more important for your horse because they don't get the variety in their diet that we do.