Feeding My Horses with IR and Cushings


“Lucas, my 9 year old TWH is insulin resistant. He is on Thyro-L to drop his sugar levels, and on a restricted 5 lbs Grass Hay, 10 lbs Bluegrass straw per day. Is there is any added risk of laminitis or founder when we switch from SmartPak to horse guard?

And Ray, our 29 year old, is Cushings. So far, God Bless, he is not laminitic – same question. Safe for insulin compromised/laminitic potential horses?”

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

There are no added carbohydrates or sugars in our products so they are safe for insulin resistant and laminitic horses, so Lucas and Ray should do great on our products.

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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