Feeding Horse Guard and Red Cell

Question and Anwser


I feed a full scoop of Horse Guard to my 15 year old barrel horse mare daily.  I was told to add 2 ounces of Red Cell to her daily bucket. However, I am concerned that I may be feeding too much selenium.  She gets fed alfalfa twice daily, soaked beet pulp once a day, and a full scoop of Horse Guard with her bucket.”

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

Thank you very much for feeding your mare Horse Guard. She is getting everything that she needs with the alfalfa, beet pulp, and Horse Guard. Is there specific reason why you started adding Red Cell to her diet? Red Cell is another vitamin-mineral supplement that provides your horse an inorganic source of selenium. So, although you don’t need to worry about selenium toxicity you are having an unnecessary cost.
Thank you for taking good care of your horse.

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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