“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.