Category Archives: Selenium

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 …

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 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 …

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 …

WHAT DO I NEED TO FEED MY PREGNANT MARE

Customer: “I have a 14 year old Swedish WB mare who is currently 8 1/2 months pregnant with her second foal. She is 16.1 and easily 1,350 lb (while not pregnant). She is a VERY easy keeper and I want to avoid sugars and starches in her diet as much as possible. Currently she is fed 10 lb grass hay, 10lbs alfalfa, 1 lb of haystack, and 1 lb of oats per day. I'm looking for a …

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 …

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 …

Supplementing A Selenium Deficient Horse

Customer: “I have a question about using the selenium/Vit E supplement. If your horse has tested low for selenium can you use the regular Horse Guard and the Selenium/Vit E both? If selenium levels are within normal limits then just the Horse Guard is fine is that correct? Just wanting to find out if it is safe to use the 2 together. As I am assuming that the selenium/vit E is just that and does not …

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 …

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 mg of 100% organic selenium, which are adequate amounts of selenium to horses in extremely deficient areas. I think that you will be …

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 …

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 ever …