Horizon Legacy Adult Dog Food

December 20, 2008  
Filed under Dog Food Reviews, Horizon Legacy

Horizon Legacy Adult Dog Food

Horizon Dog Food is made and manufactured by, Horizon Pet Nutrition. Horizon Dog Food comes in 5 different recipes. The Horizon Legacy Adult Dog Food formula is an excellent dog food, consistent with Horizon Legacy company’s quality.

Horizon Legacy Adult Dog Food Review

As with all dog food recipes the first thing we are going to look at are the first five ingredients. The first five ingredients are a good indication of the quality of the dog food. When looking at the first five ingredients you want to make sure there is plenty of meat and grains are minimal.

Horizon Legacy Adult Dog Food First Five Ingredients:

  1. Fresh Chicken Meat
  2. Chicken Meal
  3. Salmon Meal
  4. Turkey Meal
  5. Pea Starch

Fresh chicken meat is the first ingredient in this recipe. This ingredient is inclusive of its water content. Meaning that once the water is removed and this ingredients becomes a dried ingredient it will weigh significantly less, thus making it fall further in the ingredients list.

The second, third and fourth ingredients are all named meat ingredients. This is going to provide the majority of the protein in this dog food.

The main source of carbohydrates is going to come from peas. Peas are a decent source of vegetable protein.

Horizon Legacy Adult Dog Food First Full Ingredients:

Fresh chicken meat, chicken meal, salmon meal, turkey meal, pea starch concentrate, green split peas, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols, rosemary, citric acid), whole eggs, flaxseed, salmon oil, dried alfalfa, carrots, apples, broccoli, bok choy, cabbage, cranberries, Saskatoon berries, dried kelp, dried pumpkin meal, colostrum, sea buckthorn, fenugreek protein meal, dried pomegranate, dried astragalus root, dried milk thistle, glucosamine HCl, chondroitin sulphate, garlic, enzymes (dried aspergillus oryzae fermentation extract, dried aspergillus niger extract, pineapple, dried trichoderma longibrachiatum fermentation product, rhizopus oryzae), probiotics (dried enterococcus faecium fermentation product, dried lactobacillus casei fermentation product, dried lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, dried bifidobacterium bifidum fermentation product, and dried lactobacillus plantarum fermentation product), yucca schidigera extract, mannan oligosaccharide (MOS), burdock root extract (FOS), vitamin A, vitamin D3, vitamin E, vitamin B12, riboflavin, niacin, folic acid, pyridoxine hydrochloride, thiamine mononitrate, d-calcium pantothenate, biotin, vitamin C (ascorbyl phosphate), ferrous sulphate, iron proteinate*, zinc sulphate, zinc proteinate*, manganous oxide, manganese proteinate*, copper sulphate, copper proteinate*, calcium iodate, sodium selenite, seleno methionine, magnesium oxide.

Horizon Legacy Adult Dog Food Guaranteed Analysis:

Protein (min.): 40%
Fat (min.): 16%
Fibre (max.): 3%
Moisture (max.): 9%
Omega 3:1%**
Omega 6:3%**
Magnesium 0.20%

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10 Responses to “Horizon Legacy Adult Dog Food”
  1. ChuckG says:

    It is a common misconception that high protein levels are bad for dogs. The tests that were done to show the negatives of high protein levels weren’t even performed on dogs. Believe it or not they were performed on RATS!!!! Of course rats can’t take high sustained protein in their diets. Don’t worry about feeding high protein unless your dog has a pre-existing condition like liver or kidney problems, otherwise they will be just fine.

  2. Brian says:

    They changed ingredients without telling people or changing name or even putting “New formula” on bag. How can they do this? I think peas moved way up in ingredient list. The kibble looks a lot lighter in color.

  3. derek says:

    not only were those studies done on rats, the high protein levels were derived mostly from low quality sources like corn gluten, not quality meat sources (the latter of which dogs were designed to digest and utilize efficiently)

  4. Lyle Starr says:

    We did change our formulas, but the reason was to improve not cheapen. We along with our nutritionist believe that a moderate protein may be safer for the long term for the pets. So we lowered it from 40% yo 34%, we also started importing to the US and were required to replace saskatoon berries with blue berries and a couple of other small botanical changes. We are a small family owned and operated company. We make the best food in the market in our opinion and never make any formulation decisions based on cost, our mission is pet health!

  5. Jess says:

    Who are you??? And if you are someone with Horizon HOW COME YOU DROPPED SALMON MEAL FROM #3 TO NUMBER #7 as stated on your website?????? This goies from being a major ingredient to a minor one.!!. You say “”but the reason was to improve not cheapen.”” but I would say this takes it down a notch, even though I like this product. But on my list I well be dropping it down some, but don’t worry, it well be going back just as fast now that P&G has taken over at naturapet

    1.Fresh Chicken Meat
    2.Chicken Meal
    3.Salmon Meal
    4.Turkey Meal
    5.Pea Starch


  6. Jess says:

    LOL, I dropped it down to #5 from #3, but soon Evo and Innova well be dropping down to the B list. I am also going to look at Wellness Core A little closer. I well also well be looking closer at Horizon and I see it moving into the B list. I also feel Artemis could be making a move up my ladder.

    The A list
    1. Orijen, Grain free.
    2. Evo, Grain free.
    3. Acana, some grain free.
    4. Innova
    5. Horizon Legacy, Grain free.
    6. Wellness Core, Grain free.
    7. Blue Wilderness, Grain free.
    8. Taste of the Wild, wetlands & prairie only, Grain free.
    9. Fromm, surf & turf is grain free
    10. Merrick, Some grain free.

    Good quality for a low price
    1. TOTW
    2. California Natural
    3. Health Wise
    4. Kirkland, Costco

    The B list

    1. California Natural
    2. Instinct, Grain free.
    3. Now, Grain free.
    4. GO, free indurance,chicken,salmon only
    5. Artemis
    6. Evangers
    7. Timberwolf
    8. Wellness
    9. Solid Gold
    10. Canidae
    11.Health Wise

  7. Jess says:

    I have contacted Horizon about this post and have requested information on “”why they have lied”” about the changing of the ingredient salmon meal in this post!!!!
    Until I get a reply and a good reason, I have removed Horizon Legacy from my list..

  8. Jess says:

    Hey Lyle, you are lying. The adult legacy moved salmon meal to 7th from #3 and turkey meal to #5 from #4. Then moved moved pea to #3 and pea starch to #4. Legacy used to have 4 straight meats then one pea in the 1st 5 ingredients, now it is only 2 meats then 2 peas then a meat.. These are major moves……Horizon puppy also did some changes….


    1.Fresh Chicken Meat
    2.Chicken Meal
    3.Salmon Meal
    4.Turkey Meal
    5.Pea Starch

    NEW!!!Off the web site

    1.Fresh Chicken Meat
    2.Chicken Meal
    5.Turkey Meal

  9. Jess says:

    I got 2 emails from these guys and I would never trust these guys again. They used the excuse that they wanted to “drop the protein level”, SO THEY TAKE OUT MEAT!! Then they exspect people like me to buy that ??? Heck, they went from 40% to 36% (wow big drop)and they think I am buying into that ?? WHAT A SLAP IN THE FACE, no wonder DFA dropped them off their ratings. They completly dodged the question about the change of formula in their emails, they would not even mention it. And I am sure el and Lyle Starr and the same guy. Because Starr is a salesman for them. Just how bush league can you be???? This guy was bad mouthing Orijen when he should have been keeping his mouth shut and trying to find some good in his own product…

  10. Mike says:

    Take a look at Go Natural Endurance Formula from Petcurean. This is another Canadian food company. Yes, they recently changed their formula to reduce the protein and fat to 34% and 16% from 40% and 20%. But they kept all good ingredients in their first 5.

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