Feeding My Miniature Horse


“I live in central WI have two class B miniature horses. I can’t find a lot of information regarding healthy feeding of miniature horses and the extent of the vitamins and supplements they should receive. I was hoping that you could help. They are currently on hay and Nutrena SafeChoice Perform horse feed with a small scoop of black oil sunflower seeds.”

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

There is not a lot of information out there on feeding miniature horses. A good rule of thumb is to feed them products designed for horses scaled down to their weight. However, miniature horses and ponies to do not need products high in starch and carbohydrates as they are very prone to metabolic disorders.

You are doing good by feeding feeds that are low in starch and higher in fats to help avoid metabolic disorders. Wisconsin is known for being selenium, zinc, and copper deficient. Adding Horse Guard will help to ensure all your minis’ vitamin and mineral deficiencies are taken care of. Horse Guard is to be fed 2 oz per 1000 lb horse, so if your minis weight 200 lbs you would want to fed 1/5 of the scoop that is contained in the bag.

Thank you for your question.

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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