“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 diet. I noticed the feeding advice for this particular supplement is to feed on top of some kind of grain. What is your recommendation?

I used to feed a ration balancer when I lived out of state, but I feel like those are formulated with their own slew of vitamins/minerals, so I don’t know if I would go down that road or not, especially since the feeding volume for a horse like him is well over a pound a day AND because this product already contains nutrients lacking in our region.  Also, I do think my horse would be more excited to take his “vitamins if he had something to mix in with them. Thank you for reading!


Answer by Ph.D. Equine Nutritionist, Kelsey Johnson Nonella:

Thank you for the questions. I think you will love Horse Guard. First off, we recommend top dressing the supplement on a little bit of grain simply for palatability reasons. There are no added fillers to the product so it has much the taste of a multi-vitamin. With that being said, I have many horses who happily eat it out of my hand with nothing added it or just put on their hay.  If your gelding eats it without anything added or on top of his hay that’s great and you don’t need to add anything. However, if your horse isn’t so sure about it you can mix it with just enough concentrate (I have great luck with just a handful of rolled oats or wet cobb). There is no need to feed a ration balancer because like you said, he’s getting his vitamins and minerals from Horse.

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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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