Frequently Asked Questions

Selenium

  • Insulin Resistance in Horses and Selenium Deficiency Insulin Resistance Insulin resistance (IR) in horses has become fairly common. Most horse owners have heard of insulin resistance. However, do you know exactly what insulin resistance is? It occurs when the body is exposed to too much glucose (sugar) on a regular basis, and the cells sensitivity to insulin is reduced, which in turn causes ...
  • Supplementing Your Broodmare and Foal When thinking about the nutrition of broodmares and foals, most people understand the importance of the macro minerals calcium, phosphorus, and magnesium, which is needed for the rapid bone growth in the fetus in late gestation and once the foal is born. However, breeders sometimes don’t realize that certain trace minerals and vitamins during gestation ...
  • The Time and Place for a Selenium Injection Selenium shots were once common practice for horses in selenium-deficient areas. A veterinarian once told my dad that it was “the way” to administer selenium to horses.  However, as more research has been done, it has been determined that a daily selenium supplementation is much more effective and healthy for your horse, rather than a ...
  • SUPPLEMENTING A HORSE ALLERGIC TO SOY Customer: “Hello, I am inquiring about your product for a horse who ties up, and as well is allergic to any type of soy product. What can I do for this type of horse?” Answer by Ph.D. Equine Nutritionist, Kelsey Johnson Nonella: Thank you for your question. Our products would address a selenium and vitamin E deficiency that ...
  • WHAT DO I NEED TO FEED MY PREGNANT MARE Customer: “I have a 14 year old Swedish WB mare who is currently 8 1/2 months pregnant with her second foal. She is 16.1 and easily 1,350 lb (while not pregnant). She is a VERY easy keeper and I want to avoid sugars and starches in her diet as much as possible. Currently she is fed 10 ...
  • CONSIDERING THE FREE CHOICE MINERAL Customer: “I have been researching free choice mineral supplements and see the repeating theme that salt should be separate. I was going to purchase a “stress kit” from Advanced Biological Concepts but they use sodium selenite. I realize this is asking for your time on a 3-horse owner with little benefit to your company, but I ...
  • INORGANIC SELENIUM IN MY HOOF SUPPLEMENT Customer: “As I am just beginning to better understand the needs and issues of selenium, I have a question about inorganic selenium in small (1 mg/day) quantities.  I have athletic American Saddlebreds that I use as endurance horses. Currently, they are fed HorseGuard in addition to 60/40 grass/alfalfa here in the eastern parts of the Pacific ...
  • Supplementing A Selenium Deficient Horse Customer: “I have a question about using the selenium/Vit E supplement. If your horse has tested low for selenium can you use the regular Horse Guard and the Selenium/Vit E both? If selenium levels are within normal limits then just the Horse Guard is fine is that correct? Just wanting to find out if it is ...
  • Could My Horse Be Selenium Deficient? Customer: “What symptoms are seen in selenium deficient horses? I have a 30 yr. old AQHA gelding, about 2-3 months ago he went off his feed and water, seemed depressed and was moving stiffer than usual. Thats when I noticed his muscles twitching especially in his shoulder and flank areas. The twitches ...
  • Is There Enough Selenium In Horse Guard Customer: “Is there enough Selenium in Trifecta for horses in a Selenium deficient areas? I am feeding Platinum Performance now and even though there is Selenium in that supplement, it is not enough for this area in Northeastern California.” Answer by Ph.D. Equine Nutritionist, Kelsey Johnson Nonella: Yes, 8 ounces of Trifecta contains 3 mg of 100% ...

Hoof

  • HELPING STRENGTHEN MY HORSE’S HOOVES Customer: “Hi there, two 900lb. horses – one with great feet, but will soon be turned out into a rocky paddock area daily, other horse has thin walled hooves / sensitivity (might not put her in paddock due to this).  Both have been on Horse Guard w/ grass hay min. 5 years.  Friend says give Hoof ...
  • NEED A BOOST FOR HOOVES Customer: “I have had my older gelding on Horse Guard, a joint supplement, and Sand Clear for years. Recently his hooves don’t seem to be in very good shape, so I think I should add a hoof supplement, but I want to keep it as simple as possible. What would you recommend?” Answer by Ph.D. Equine Nutritionist, ...
  • HOOF CARE PRODUCTS Customer: “I am very interested in your hoof products. However, do you have any hoof supplements that aren’t extruded as my horse doesn’t find them to be very palatable. Thank you.”   Answer by Ph.D. Equine Nutritionist, Kelsey Johnson Nonella: Our products that are exclusively hoof supplements are only sold in the extruded form. However, Trifecta, which contains a full ...
  • INORGANIC SELENIUM IN MY HOOF SUPPLEMENT Customer: “As I am just beginning to better understand the needs and issues of selenium, I have a question about inorganic selenium in small (1 mg/day) quantities.  I have athletic American Saddlebreds that I use as endurance horses. Currently, they are fed HorseGuard in addition to 60/40 grass/alfalfa here in the eastern parts of the Pacific ...
  • Why Do You Need Horse Supplements? Horse supplements are a vital part of keeping your horse healthy and happy. Using supplements help you proactively prevent and treat of various ailments in horses. It is important to identify what you are looking to improve in order to get the results that you want. Joint Strengthening Joint health is critical to avoiding serious bone damage ...
  • Biotin Hoof Blast Along With Trifecta Customer: “I just started with trifecta. Should I stop the biotin blast in combinations with the trifecta?” Answer by Ph.D. Equine Nutritionist, Kelsey Johnson Nonella: Although, Trifecta has a complete hoof supplement contained in it, if your horse has really bad feet you are perfectly fine to keep feeding the Biotin Hoof Blast with Trifecta. Combining the ...
  • Additional Hoof Supplement With Trifecta Customer: “Can an additional hoof supplement be combined with Trifecta?” Answer by Ph.D. Equine Nutritionist, Kelsey Johnson Nonella: Although Trifecta already contained a hoof supplement, you can add an extra hoof supplement, such as Hoof Guard or Biotin Hoof Blast, to increase the amount of biotin, zinc, methionine, and MSM to help with hoof growth and strength ...
  • Supplementing My Seniors Customer: “I have two horses, a 24-year-old Quarter Horse and a 19-year-old Appaloosa. The Quarter Horse is retired, and the Appaloosa is lightly ridden. They have been on Horse Guard for 15 years and look fabulous. I’ve also recently started them on Hoof Guard. They are on pasture about 5 hours a day, get 2 cups ...
  • Analysis Of Biotin Hoof Blast Customer: “I was wondering if you had a more complete nutritional breakdown for the Biotin Hoof Blast product?” Answer by Ph.D. Equine Nutritionist, Kelsey Johnson Nonella: Biotin Hoof Blast is strictly extruded soybeans, d-biotin, dl Methionine, Zinc Protinate, and Methylsufonylmethane. We don’t add anything else to it. The extruded soybeans are 35% crude protein and 15% crude ...
  • Badly Damaged Hoof Customer: “I have a horse that a week ago got stuck in a fence and tore off half of his hoof from heel bulb to toe and coronet band to sole. The entire hoof wall and laminae are gone exposing his coffin bone. He did not break any bones or appear to have damaged the coffin ...

General

  • What is the Best Overall Feed/Supplement? Customer: “As I read it the Simplete contains all of the same things as the Trifecta is that correct? I am trying to find the best overall feed/supplement in just one of your products. I currently feed Horse Guard and my senior horse gets Horse Guard as well as the Weight Super Gain. I would appreciate ...
  • Insulin Resistance in Horses and Selenium Deficiency Insulin Resistance Insulin resistance (IR) in horses has become fairly common. Most horse owners have heard of insulin resistance. However, do you know exactly what insulin resistance is? It occurs when the body is exposed to too much glucose (sugar) on a regular basis, and the cells sensitivity to insulin is reduced, which in turn causes ...
  • Typical Differences in Your Horse’s Hay When it comes to feeding your horse, you have a lot of different options in terms of types of hay. Different types of hay have different nutrients contents. There is not one type of hay that works best for all horses. A hay that works great for one horse may be too energy dense for ...
  • Feeding Your Horse for the First-Time Horse Owner Whether you are a 12-year-old girl that finally got her parents convinced to get her a horse or an adult to who was finally able to fulfill their own childhood dream of owning a horse, Congratulations! You are in for a love that will last a lifetime. Horses have such a special sense about them. ...
  • Vitamin D for horses in the Northwest Customer: “I am currently supplementing all of my horses (10) with Mega Dose which supplies 8000 IU of Vitamin D3.  I live on the coast of Oregon where our horses are blanketed a lot due to weather and sunlight is in short supply this time of year.  Should I consider a Vitamin D supplement during the ...
  • Supplementing Your Broodmare and Foal When thinking about the nutrition of broodmares and foals, most people understand the importance of the macro minerals calcium, phosphorus, and magnesium, which is needed for the rapid bone growth in the fetus in late gestation and once the foal is born. However, breeders sometimes don’t realize that certain trace minerals and vitamins during gestation ...
  • The Love Between a Girl and her First Horse We all hear, “Girls, and their horses”. Well, that statement couldn’t ring more true. Beginning at a young age I had horse fever. I was raised in a family where horses were not a way of life, or a passion for either one of my parents. Luckily, my grandfather raised Paso Fino horses so summers ...
  • To Blanket or Not to Blanket Your Horse?? Do you start blanketing your horse when temperatures drop below forty degrees, or do you hold off until the cold below freezing temperatures hit, or do you blanket your horse at all? The truth about it all is that most horses do fine without blankets throughout winter. Of course, horses will need adequate shelter to ...
  • The Time and Place for a Selenium Injection Selenium shots were once common practice for horses in selenium-deficient areas. A veterinarian once told my dad that it was “the way” to administer selenium to horses.  However, as more research has been done, it has been determined that a daily selenium supplementation is much more effective and healthy for your horse, rather than a ...
  • Fall Red Maple Leaves and Your Horse Don’t Mix As the leaves turn orange, yellow and red in the fall, they make for beautiful scenery across pastures. However, there are some trees that you should be aware that are poisonous to your horse, especially in the fall. Such trees can cause sickness and in some cases even death in horses that consume the tree ...

Dosage

  • Vitamin D for horses in the Northwest Customer: “I am currently supplementing all of my horses (10) with Mega Dose which supplies 8000 IU of Vitamin D3.  I live on the coast of Oregon where our horses are blanketed a lot due to weather and sunlight is in short supply this time of year.  Should I consider a Vitamin D supplement during the ...
  • SWITCHING MY SENIOR HORSE TO YOUR PRODUCT Customer: “I’m thinking about switching my senior horse feed regiment to your product. He’s a 22yr old appendix paint 17 hands tall. I’ve gotten him up to a healthy weight he was thin when I rescued him. My concern is I’m feeding a lot of senior grain and I’m worried about the amount of sugar. I’m ...
  • CAN I FEED TRIFECTA TO GOATS Customer: “Can Trifecta Horse Guard be used with goats?”   Answer by Ph.D. Equine Nutritionist, Kelsey Johnson Nonella: Although Trifecta is only labelled for horses it is perfectly fine for goats. You will just want to adjust the dosage to the weight of the goats. So if the goats weigh 100 lbs feed each goat a 1/5 of the scoop ...
  • PRODUCT SCOOP SIZE Customer: “I have been feeding Biotin Hoof Blast and am very pleased with the results. However, the bag says 80 day supply, but it only lasted me 72 days. Can you please tell me why? I want to make sure I am not overdosing my horse. ”   Answer by Ph.D. Equine Nutritionist, Kelsey Johnson Nonella: The scoop is ...
  • FEEDING HORSE GUARD TO MY FOAL Customer: “At what age foal can you start feeding Horse Guard?”   Answer by Ph.D. Equine Nutritionist, Kelsey Johnson Nonella: If the mare is receiving Horse Guard I would start the foal when you wean the foal because he is getting selenium from his mother’s milk. However, if the mare is deficient or it is an orphan foal you ...
  • Is 2 ounces A Day What I Should Being Supplementing? Customer: “I’m in Enumclaw WA and was wondering what dosage I should feed my horses with HorseGuard? I feed Timothy and Orchard grass hay from Eastern WA and they don’t graze much. I feed Hay Stack blend and supplement with Horse Guard and Flax. Is 2 oz a day the amount I should feed daily?” Answer by ...
  • Do you have a complete product for Draft horses? Customer: “My draft mare had an episode last night where she was unable to move her right front leg at all! I was a little disturbing for me so I started researching again the needed levels of Vitamin E , selenium magnesium oxide. It’s overwhelming!! Is Horse Guard supplying her with what she needs in those ...
  • Feeding My Miniature Horse Customer: “I live in central WI have two class B miniature horses. I can’t find a lot of information regarding healthy feeding of miniature horses and the extent of the vitamins and supplements they should receive. I was hoping that you could help. They are currently on hay and Nutrena SafeChoice Perform horse feed with a ...
  • Dosage of Trifecta To My Quarter Horses Customer: “Hello. I love trifecta. I have used it on every horse I have had and the results speak for themselves.  Right now I have two quarter horses. One is around 1250lbs and the other is 1224lbs. How many ounces should I feed them. The cups that come in the bag are confusing because I don’t find ...
  • Am I Feeding The Right Stuff? Customer: “I am feeding horse guard right now to my 2 senior horses (20 and 24 yr old) and my 12yr molly mule.  They are getting 3 way and a little alfalfa  morning and night in a slow feeder. I give them Horse Guard and a little Intergity no molassas in the evening.  They are ridden ...

Weight Gain

  • The Love Between a Girl and her First Horse We all hear, “Girls, and their horses”. Well, that statement couldn’t ring more true. Beginning at a young age I had horse fever. I was raised in a family where horses were not a way of life, or a passion for either one of my parents. Luckily, my grandfather raised Paso Fino horses so summers ...
  • To Blanket or Not to Blanket Your Horse?? Do you start blanketing your horse when temperatures drop below forty degrees, or do you hold off until the cold below freezing temperatures hit, or do you blanket your horse at all? The truth about it all is that most horses do fine without blankets throughout winter. Of course, horses will need adequate shelter to ...
  • PUTTING WEIGHT ON MY HORSE WITH KIDNEY DAMAGE? Customer: “I have a 2 yr old colt that was overdosed on bute when he was castrated which damaged his kidneys so he now needs to have limited protein and calcium in his diet so I have him on Horse Guard to ensure he gets all the vitamins and mineral he needs and I love it. ...
  • SUPER WEIGHT GAIN FOR MY HORSE IN TENNESSEE? Customer: “Is it ok to use Super Weight Gain in Tennessee? I read that all your products have selenium, which is not deficient in our area.”   Answer by Ph.D. Equine Nutritionist, Kelsey Johnson Nonella: Tennessee isn’t excessively high in selenium, and actually has pockets that are deficient. Therefore, Super Weight Gain would great for your horse. Let me ...
  • SUPER WEIGHT GAIN FOR MY HYPP HORSE Super Weight Gain for My HYPP Horse? Customer: “The list of ingredients doesn’t include potassium- does that mean that there is none? I am a bit confused since the main ingredient is whole soybeans. I understand that soybean meal is high potassium yet soybean hulls are low in potassium. Where do we stand with super weight gain? ...
  • FEEDING A RESCUE HORSE Customer: “I am currently feeding my horse Super Weight Gain. I am very pleased with his weight gain. He is looking good and is almost at an ideal weight. Could you please give me the approximate number of kilocalories per pound (or a similar unit) for this product and the protein and fat content? Thank you.”   Answer ...
  • SUPPLEMENT FOR MY MARE WITH LOOSE STOOLS Customer: “We have a mare we rescued a few years ago. Her age is unknown. The vets have estimated between 8-15. She is having loose stools. The vet did an exam on her stool and described an excessive amount of bacteria. Put her on msm for several weeks helped for a while but it always comes ...
  • NUTRITION FOR MY AGING QUARTER HORSE MARE Customer: “My easy keeper mare is now 23 years old and although she’s always been healthy, now she’s looking thin. She lives on 30+ acres most of the time with 3 other horses. (I say most of the time; sometimes they are fenced off in a smaller area.) What should I be giving to supplement her ...
  • Helping Your Horse Gain and Maintain Weight Horses come in all shapes and sizes. Some horses tend to be easy keepers, while others tend to have faster metabolisms and won’t reach your desired condition no matter how you manage them. Do you need to help your horse gain and maintain weight? Many different factors can keep your horse from gaining weight, and often ...
  • Putting Weight On An Active Arabian Customer: “I have two Polish Arabians that I rescued last year. When I got them one was very underweight and from what I learned he has never been up to full weight at any time. I have tried all different weight gain products and nothing seems to help. I live in SC so alfalfa in the ...

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