Category Archives: Selenium

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 my of 100% organic selenium, which are adequate amounts of …

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 …

What Kind of Salt Block Do I Need?

Customer: “I was curious if we need to keep giving our horses trace mineral salt with selenium now that we feed them trifecta? If not, what do you recommend?” Answer by Ph.D. Equine Nutritionist, Kelsey Johnson Nonella: You just need to give them access to a plain white salt block. No need to spend the extra money on a trace mineral block because you are …

Do you have a complete product for Draft horses?

Customer: “My draft mare had an episode last night where she was unable to move her right front leg at all! I was a little disturbing for me so I started researching again the needed levels of Vitamin E , selenium magnesium oxide. It's overwhelming!! Is Horse Guard supplying her with what she needs in those areas? The bag says nutrient per # but I am not feeding her a pound of this stuff daily? …

Feeding A Senior Horse

Customer: “I have been feeding Purina Sr. Active for about 2 years or so. Lately I have notice more and more whole corn showing up. I spoke with a friend she suggested that I switch him to timothy pellets and a good vitamin/mineral supplement. I live here in Washington and know that selenium is not good here. Plus being a sr. he needs joint, hoof and immune help. I have …

Supplements For An Orphan Foal

Customer: “Hello, recently my mare passed (Postpartum colon torsion) and left behind her 5 1/2 week old foal. I am feeding Foalac milk replacer as her primary food source (she gets pasture turn out during the day in nice weather, grass hay & a mash or Equine Senior + Alfalfa pellets) I have no previous experience with orphan foals and I am concerned she needs some type of vitamin/mineral supplement and would …

Considering Switching from Platinum to Horse Guard Products

Customer: “I've fed Platinum Performance for years. I'd like to know some comparative info about your products.” Answer by Ph.D. Equine Nutritionist, Kelsey Johnson Nonella: In all our vitamin-mineral supplement products what really sets our products apart from others is that they contain 3mg of organic selenium. I did extensive research on selenium for my doctorate, and many studies in the last ten years have found that 3mg of Se vs 1mg of Se aids in higher immune …

Low Selenium Horse Deaths in Central Oregon

Selenium Deficiency linked to the deaths of Horses in Central Oregon                 I wanted to share a story to help educate horse owners on the importance of making sure your horses’ vitamin and mineral needs are being met, especially selenium. When I talk to people in the Northwest, most know that we live in a selenium deficient area. However, when I ask them what they supplement their horse with some people reply that their horse looks …

Am I Feeding The Right Stuff?

Customer:"I am feeding horse guard right now to my 2 senior horses (20 and 24 yr old) and my 12yr molly mule.  They are getting 3 way and a little alfalfa  morning and night in a slow feeder. I give them Horse Guard and a little Intergity no molassas in the evening.  They are ridden almost everyday only on trail rides up & down steep hills, any where from 3 to 6 hours. I worry …