“I’m getting my mare ready for breeding season……she’s on the lean side but we’re getting ready for spring and I don’t want founder. She has 24/7 access to pasture and once spring is here I’ll stall at night turnout during the day. I just weaned her 8 mo filly is why she’s lean. I weight everything out, but I don’t like to go over 3lbs per feeding so was interested in your product. My horse band consist of the 8yr old broodmare, 22yr young gelding, 8 month filly and they’re all quarter horses. Thank you for your time and info.”
Answer by Ph.D. Equine Nutritionist, Kelsey Johnson Nonella:
We have a some great options you and your horses. The first product I would recommend would be Simplete Senior. It is fed at 2 pounds a day for a 1000 lb horse, which provides a complete vitamin/mineral pack (with 3 mg organic selenium), rolled oats, extruded soy and flaxseed oil. The Calcium: Phosphorus is the ideal ratio and there is added lysine, which are very important for your broodmare and filly. Simplete Senior also provides joint support and anti-inflammatory properties with glucosamine, MSM, and flaxseed oil, a benefit for both the younger and older horse as research has shown that arthritis prevention is more effective than treatment after onset of arthritis. If you are more interested in just a supplement to take care of their vitamin and mineral needs, I would recommend Horse Guard. It is a daily 2 oz dose per 1000 lb horse. Horse Guard is like a One-A-Day that you would take, but even more important for your horse because they don’t get the variety in their diet that we do. It will provide all the basic vitamin and minerals that are typically missing in feed. Most importantly, it will provide your horses with 3 mg of organic selenium which is important for immunity, reproduction, growth, and muscle function. There are no added carbohydrates and sugars, so just mix it with a handful of grain for your horses to eat it.