Feeding a Rescue Horse


“Which of your products would you recommend for a rescued 16 hand, 13yr.old quarter horse who was very underweight. I acquired him about a mo. ago, very very thin, have been feeding him twice a day soaked alfalfa pellets with three cups of Purina senior feed, adding probiotics, corn oil and flax seeds. Turn out is 24-7 on two acres with two feedings of timothy hay, compressed about total of six slabs. Has been wormed and teeth floated. Can no longer see ribs but bones on hips very evident, no topline, head looks too big for body because no muscle. Thank you.”

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

Sorry to hear about your rescue horse. Sounds like you have a good start on him. I would recommend adding Super Weight Gain to your feeding regime, and removing the probiotics. Super Weight Gain has a complete vitamin-mineral supplement, prebiotic and probiotic supplement, and full-fat extruded soybeans. The vitamin-mineral supplement will help to meet any deficiencies he has, the probiotics will continue to help establish a health gut flora so he can get more out of the feed he is consuming. The soybeans are a great energy source, full of amino acids that will help to rebuild his topline and muscle.

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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