Should I Add Something To My Horse Guard?


“I have used your product for years but want to make sure I am doing right by the product I am using or do I need something else. I feed endurance horses, one is a hard keeper other not so much. I use the horse guard vitamin. What I was wondering is should I use another version in conjunction with the horse guard vitamin for these guys? I do not use joint supplements I feed fresh ground flax 4-8 ounces daily. free choice grass hay and 24/7 pasture.”

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

Thank you very much for your loyalty to Horse Guard. We truly believe we produce the best equine supplements on the market.


Horse Guard is taking care of all your horses’ basic vitamin/mineral needs.  However, if you want to consider a product that has a hoof supplement and joint supplement I would switch to Horse Guard’s Trifecta. It not only contains a full dose of Horse Guard, but also has a complete dose of our product Hoof Guard (32 mg of biotin, zinc, methionine, and MSM), probiotics and live yeast cultures for hindgut support, and a very powerful joint supplement (5000 mg of glucosamine and MSM, and 100 mg of hyaluronic acid).


There has been a lot of research done that shows starting oral joint support before the onset of arthritis is more effective than treating after arthritis has developed. With your high-performance horses, I think this would be very beneficial for them. All 15 of our high-performance horses are on Trifecta, and it has helped maintain healthy joints in our older horses.

Thank you for your question. Let me know if I can answer anymore for you.

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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