Feeding Horse Guard And Red Cell


“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 vitamin/minerals included in the products. He is getting 3 mg a day of selenium from the Red Cell and it appears he is getting 0.65 from the Red Cell.”

Answer by Ph.D. Equine Nutritionist, Kelsey Johnson Nonella:
Sorry to hear about your horse. You aren’t going to overdose your horse by feeding both products because Red Cell has such a small amount of selenium in it. As the hematoma dissipates, you can decrease the amount of Red Cell. Iron deficiency is only a concern in an insistence such as this one, where your horse has lost a large amount of blood.

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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