What Do Our Horses Need in Our Area?


“We just moved from Idaho where our 3 horses were on pasture all the time and fed 2nd crop hay/alfalfa mixture to Sandy, Ut where they are in a half acre corral area that is all sand. They are now fed 2nd crop hay/alfalfa 2 times per day year round. We were told to feed them sand clear but we would like something that is fed daily that also has probiotics and supplements that they need. What do you recommend? 20 yr Gelding, 21 yr mare, 7 yr Gelding.”

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

I would recommend feeding them one of two products. Horse Guard will provide them with a vitamin/mineral supplement to ensure all of their needs are met as well as prebiotics and probiotics. If your two older horses are getting arthritic they would benefit greatly from being fed Trifecta. Trifecta contains a dose of Horse Guard, a hoof and hair supplement (32 mg biotin, zinc, methionine, and MSM), higher levels of prebiotics, probiotics and live yeast cultures for added gut support, and a very powerful joint supplement (5000 mg glucosamine, 5000 mg MSM, and 100 mg hyaluronic acid). Both of these products can be purchased at your closest Cal-Ranch store or from our online store.

Like Idaho, Utah is selenium deficient. What really sets our products apart as vitamin/mineral supplements is that they contain 3 mg of 100% organic selenium. Many other products only contain 1 mg or less of inorganic selenium. In addition Trifecta contains 4 products in one for ease and cost effectiveness for you.

Proper nutrition is the basis to overall health. These products help to ensure your horses’ health. However, in areas that are sandy it is recommended to also feed a psyllium product once a month which helps to remove sand that can build up in the hind gut.

Hopes this information helps. Thank you for taking good care of your horses.

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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