Considering Switching from Platinum to Horse Guard Products


“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 response, and reduces oxidative stress. Our basic product, Horse Guard, contains 3 mg of selenium, 4.5 mg biotin, along with a complete vitamin-mineral supplement, and prebiotics and probiotics in a 2 oz dose. . We also have great hoof supplements: Hoof Guard contains 32 mg of biotin, 400 mg of zinc, 5,000 mg of methionine, and 5,000 mg of MSM, while Biotin Hoof Blast contains 100 mg of biotin, and same amounts of zinc, methionine, and MSM. Our product designed for performance horses, Trifecta, has a full dose of Horse Guard, has full dose of Hoof Guard, higher levels of prebiotics and probiotics, and a joint supplement that contains 5,000 mg of glucosamine, 5,000 mg of MSM, and 100 mg Hyaluronic Acid in an 8 oz dose.



About Dr. Kelsey J. Nonella Ph.D., P.A.S.

Kelsey J. Nonella, Ph.D. is an equine nutritionist who was riding horses before she could walk. Her love for horses drives her to help educate people on what their horses’ needs in order to have happy, healthy horses. Kelsey went to Cal Poly receiving a Bachelor’s of Science in Animal Science and then onto West Texas A&M, where she got her Masters and eventually her Doctorates in Equine Science. At A&M, Dr. Nonella did extensive research on Selenium within horses. Click here to view her research. Kelsey’s colleagues have mentioned her as one of the United States equine Selenium experts.
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2 Responses to “Considering Switching from Platinum to Horse Guard Products”

  1. Kate Noble says:

    My 18 year old Morgan is insulin resistant and has had two bouts of laminitis; he is recovering well from the bout that began in January. I had been using Horse Guard for several years but was concerned to read that the first ingredients are corn and wheat, because corn has a high sugar content and increases inflammation. I switched back to platinum performance to decrease inflammation but would like to know your opinion about the use of corn in HG. My horse is off pasture, carrots, apples, and anything containing sugar (which makes him sad) and his hay has a very low sugar content. I would like to continue to use HG but am concerned about the corn. Can you advise? Thanks!

    • mm Dr. Kelsey J. Nonella Ph.D., P.A.S. says:


      Thank you for the question. When considering the ingredients corn and wheat we need to look at how much overall sugar and starch it is adding to your horse’s diet. When talking about Horse Guard, which is fed at a 2 ounce dose, it is an extremely small percentage of the diet when you consider a 1000lb horse that typically eats around 15-20lb of feed a day. The amount of Horse Guard is 0.6% of the total diet. In addition, Horse Guard is only enough corn and wheat to hold the pellet together and make it palatable to the horse, so the corn and wheat account for even less amount in the total diet. In addition, Horse Guard is higher in selenium which plays a role in thyroid function to help the insulin respond in the body and acts a antioxidant.

      I personally have two mares that have been on Horse Guard their whole lives (we raised them) that are IR and one of the had laminitis 8 years ago. They both, now 25 and 21, do wonderfully on Horse Guard. I feed them a low starch grass hay (with no access to pasture), Horse Guard and Flaxen Flow, and they do amazing.

      Hope this helps. Let me know if I can answer any more questions.

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