Feeding Super Weight Gain and Senior Feed?

Question and Anwser

Customer:

“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 one of the United States equine Selenium experts.
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6 Responses to “Feeding Super Weight Gain and Senior Feed?”

  1. Regina Hill says:

    I have a rescue horse who had colic prior to coming to me, he has gained some weight but has plateaued. I bought him Horse Guard Super Weight again in the hopes of putting more meat on him. I’m concerned that he may colic again on this supplement….am I being that concerned horse mom or am I going to give him something that is beneficial in the long run?

    • mm Dr. Kelsey J. Nonella Ph.D., P.A.S. says:

      Regina,
      Thank you for the question. Super Weight Gain should help him in the long run. The prebiotics, probiotics, and live yeast cultures help to stabilize the gut flora. This in turn help keep the hing gut and happy and therefore reduces the chance of colic. There are many different factors that can cause colic, however, this helps to reduce some of the factors. Because he has coliced in the past I would slowing introduce it into his diet over a two week period. Let me know if I can answer anymore questions.

  2. How long do I feed Super Weight Gain before I notice an improvement

    • mm Dr. Kelsey J. Nonella Ph.D., P.A.S. says:

      I recommend 90 days, however you may start seeing some improvement around 60 days.

  3. Scarlett says:

    My 17yr thoroughbred hard keeper was doing fine on renew gold for months andrecently began to drop in her topline no matter how much I add currently going over the recommended amount of 1.5 pounds almost double. Free choice coastal, alfalfa pellets and recently adding senior. My question is can super weight gain be fed safely with renew gold and get her back to the low feed rate 1.5 lb plus your supplement and gain weight?

    • mm Dr. Kelsey J. Nonella Ph.D., P.A.S. says:

      Scarlett,

      Thank you for the question. Yes, Super Weight Gain can be fed safely with Renew Gold. The vitamin-mineral supplement, and probiotics should help to get back on track.

      Let me know if I can answer anymore questions.

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