Giving My Older Horse Additional Support


“I have a 23 year old quarter horse who is currently on Total Equine. This product does work good but I feel I need to give this old guy an additional supplement. He has arthritis in his knees and has very loose, runny stools. We do put natural balanced aluminum shoes on his front, which helps a lot. I have heard good things about Trifecta. My concern is, would giving him both of these products be giving him too much of any one of the ingredients? Can a horse be given too much of any one of the ingredients listed for Trifecta?? Just want to take care of this old guy, since he takes such good care of the child riding him:))) Thank you in advance for any insight you can give me!!”

Answer by Ph.D. Equine Nutritionist, Kelsey Johnson Nonella:
Trifecta would be a great addition to your Total Equine. When fed at 4 pounds per day, Total Equine provides 0.5 mg of inorganic selenium to your horse, because it is a nationally-branded product. Oregon, Washington, Idaho, the Great Lakes area, and East Coast however are extremely selenium deficient, therefore supplements must provide particularly all the selenium in order for our horses’ selenium requirements to be met. Trifecta will ensure that your horse is receiving 3 mg of organic selenium. Too much selenium from both products would only really be a concern in the Midwest. The organic selenium in our product is more bioavailable as well as safer to your horse. So as he ages even more it will help to keep his immunity high and muscle functioning well, by helping to rid the body of free-radicals. The other added benefits that he receive from Trifecta will help him to stay feeling good are a gut, hoof, and joint supplement. We have fifteen head of horses from yearlings to 24 year old broodmares and everything in between, and they all receive Trifecta. My good mare is 20 this year and has been on Trifecta most of her life, and I still compete heavily on her. Thanks to Trifecta I have to do very little maintenance and she hasn’t lost a step.



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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