Optimal Dosage for My 1,250 lb Horse

Question and Anwser


“My half draft is 1,250 pounds. He is currently getting : 5-6 flakes of local hay distributed throughout the day, 1 lb of Safe Choice, twice per day and one scoop of Horse Guard.

He is pretty fat on this regime, but his winter coat is dull and not shedding very fast in our 60 degree weather. I have only owned him since August of 2014 and have not seen his winter coat before. He does not have the symptoms of metabolic syndrome despite his weight.

What is the optimal dose for Horse Guard?”

Answer from Ph.D. Equine Nutritionist, Dr. Kelsey Johnson Nonella:

Sorry to hear about your horse. The optimal dose of Horse Guard for him would be 1 1/4 scoops. If he is chubbier than you would like I would recommend reducing the Safe Choice to just the amount that he will eat his Horse Guard. This will reduce his caloric intake, and help reduce his weight. Another option that you could consider is substituting the Safe Choice with Glow. Glow is extruded soybeans that would provide energy your horse energy from protein and fat, and also aid in helping to shine up his coat.
Hope this helps. Thank you for be concerned for your horse.

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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