Switching From SmartPak to Horse Guard


“We currently have a 9- and 10- year old TWH who receive SmartCombo Ultra Pellets daily and are considering switching to HorseGuard. Is HorseGaurd itself sufficient as a replacement to provide required probiotics, supplements, digestive, hoof and hair health and thriving please?

We also have a 29 year old Peruvian Paso (no longer ridden). He’s receiving SmartPak Glucosamine – do you have a viable product we could obtain for him to replace and perhaps improve upon the Smartpak? Thank you!”

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

I would recommend switching your two TWH to Trifecta. Trifecta contains a full dose of Horse Guard to ensure all their vitamin and mineral needs are met, along with three other supplements in an 8 oz dose (for a 1000 lb horse). Trifecta contain a vitamin/mineral supplement, gut support (prebiotics, probiotics, and live yeast cultures), hoof and hair supplement (32 mg of biotin, zinc, methionine, and MSM), and a powerful joint supplement (5000 mg glucosamine, 5000 mg MSM, and 100 mg Hyaluronic acid).

For your Peruvian Paso, I would recommend one of two products. First, I would recommend the Trifecta as well. As horses age, they need help to stay healthy overall. Not only would Trifecta provide joint support for him, but the vitamin/mineral pack, hoof and hair supplement, and gut support would help to ensure that all his needs are being met and help to get the most out of the feed he is consuming to keep him happy and healthy. However, if you only want to supplement for his joints we have a very good joint supplement, called Joint Guard which is fed at 4 oz a day (6600 mg glucosamine, 6600 mg MSM, 1000 mg chondroitin, an 100 mg Hyaluronic acid).

We have 15 head of performance horses ourselves that range in age from weanlings to 23-year-old broodmares, as well as horses that compete across the country year-round (get haul 50,000+ miles a year). All of our horses are fed Trifecta and we truly believe that it keeps them in the best overall health they can be.

Hope this answers your questions. If you have any more I would be happy to help.



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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