Feeding Super Weight Gain and Senior Feed?

Question and Anwser


“I have a 28 year old gelding that has become very thin this winter.  I started feeding him the Super Weight Gain and some senior horse feed.  My question is:  Should I also continue feeding the Vitamins or will this cause an imbalance in his vitos & minerals?”

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

Your 28 year old gelding is benefiting greatly from receiving Super Weight Gain. How much of the senior feed are you feeding, and how much of the senior feed formulated to be fed at each day? If you aren’t feeding at the rate of what the feed is formulated at he likely will have deficiencies. In addition, if you are located in an area that is extremely selenium deficient, such as the Pacific Northwest, Great Lakes area, or the Eastern Seaboard your horse needs 3 mg of organic selenium. Most nationally-branded products only provide 1 mg of selenium. You will want to check your label to see how much selenium is being provided.


Not only is Super Weight Gain ensuring that your horse is receiving adequate amounts of his vitamins and minerals, but he is also benefiting greatly from the other added benefits. As our horses get older, especially 28 year old (good job on keeping him going!), their gastrointestinal activity starts to slowly deteriorated. The prebiotics and probiotics will help aid the gastrointestinal tract, helping to digest the food he consumes better. This, in turn, should help him to put weight back on.


The protein and fat, that on calorie-dense, will also help him to keep weight on.


Thank you for caring so much for your horse. Hope this helps. Let me know if you have any more questions.

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 an one of the United States equine Selenium experts.
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