Feeding My Hard Keeper


“My horse has been on Horse Guard for about a year now, and I love the product. He is a super hard keeper, and now that he has shed out his winter coat you can really see his ribs. He has always been ribby, and nothing has worked. I was wondering if you would recommend that I take him off Horse Guard and put him on Super Gain? Does Super Gain have all the same vitamins and minerals that Horse Guard has? Would it make him hot? Horse info: Age – 10 Breed – TB Training – In Hunter/Jumper training 5 days per week Current feeding regime – 2 flakes alfalfa AM/PM, 2 scoops Alfalfa pellets at lunch Current weight – around 1250 Height – 16.1 Thanks!!!”

Answer by Ph.D. Equine Nutritionist, Kelsey Johnson Nonella:
I think switching to Super Weight Gain would be a great idea for your gelding. Super Weight Gain contains all the vitamins and mineral that Horse Guard does in an 8 oz serving of Super Weight Gain. In addition, it has massive amounts of prebiotics, probiotics, and live yeast cultures to help stabilize the gut flora so he can the most out of his feed. Super Weight Gain is an extruded soybean based product that is loaded with protein and fat. The energy that it provides will be “cool” energy and won’t make him hot. Being in a high level of training like he is, you may also consider increasing his hay if he will eat more. I have an appendix QH mare that in addition to her Super Weight Gain, when she is being worked all the time, she receives free-choice alfalfa.

Super Weight Gain


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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