I saw your product for the first time today and was very interested in trying it BUT saw that is has iron in it. I have been reading in the site for IR horses and iron has the potential to be bad for IR horses. Do you make a similar product without iron?


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

We sell an organic selenium and vitamin E product which provides 3 mg of organic selenium and 5000 IUs of vitamins. It is great for helping with immunity and muscle function. We also have great hoof and joint supplements that don’t contain iron. However, when considering Horse Guard in each dose there is only 50 mg (compared to products like Red Cell that contain 300 mg per dose). The daily requirement a 1100 lb horse at maintenance is 400 mg. You may consider analyzing your hay to see how much iron in total your IR horse is getting. I believe that Horse Guard could still be a great option 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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