Putting Weight On My Senior Ponies


“We have been feeding our horses this:

33 year old Welch Cobb pony (500) Super Gain (1 scoop) plus Senior Equine (9 oz..), 1 lb of Rice Bran, 1 scoop of Equizyme, 1 scoop of CW Continuous Wormer, Simplifly and 7 lbs of grass hay.(I don’t see any spit balls of hay).  He does get his teeth looked at and filed regularly.

The Super Gain worked at first, but, over the last year he has lost maybe 100 lbs.

And our 23 year old Miniature horse (220 lbs) 8oz. of Rice Bran, 1/2 scoop of Equizyme, 1/2 scoop of CW Continuous Wormer, Simplifly & 3 lbs of grass hay.  He has had recurring bouts of Laminitis which started about 15 years ago from hanging with the big horses on pastures.  Just found out our employee was giving Senior Equine to him without permission which most likely caused the last bout of Laminitis.  He is no longer eating Sr. Equine.

What can I do to help our Welch Cobb gain 100 lbs and our mini gain 30 lbs.?”

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

Sorry to hear about your horses. As they age it can get harder and harder to keep weight on them.

I would recommend keeping them on the super weight gain, and adding Glow to their program. Glow is extruded soybeans. It will provide them protein and fat to provide them more energy without any added carbohydrates.

Glow will help to prevent laminitis. The energy-dense soybeans will be a safe energy source for them.

If I can answer any other questions for you I would love to.



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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