Improving My Horse’s Weight and Coat

Question and Anwser



“Hello, I have a question about your feed. I actually just ordered a bag yesterday of the standard horse guard to try on my horse. My horse is a little thin right now with a little hay belly. He needs help filling out his top line though. He gets a grass alfalfa mix and has a mineral lick available 24/7. Is this a situation where this feed would help him with his coat condition as well as body condition? Like I said, I already purchased, so this will be the first route we take, just wanted to get general feedback based on the specific situation.”

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

Feeding Horse Guard is a great step in the right direction. It will take care of any deficiencies he may have and help his coat condition. However, if you are not satisfied with his body condition you have a couple of options.

Since you have already purchased the Horse Guard you could also purchase Glow, which is extruded soybeans. It would provide your horse with extra energy from fat and protein to help you build his topline.

The second option is to  put him on Super Weight Gain. A ten pound bag of Super Weight Gain will last 20 days. In a dose of Super Weight Gain he will not only get a full dose of Horse Guard, he will also get fat and protein, as well as powerful prebiotics and probiotics, which will help him with any digestion issues he might have. Once he is in the condition that you would like you could put him back on Horse Guard to maintain his nutritional plane.

Since you already have the Horse Guard, no worries, the shelf life on Horse Guard is two years. This would allow you to feed Super Weight Gain until you are satisfied with his condition, and then put him on Horse Guard.

Thank you for the question.

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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