Horizon dog food

October 29, 2010  
Filed under Dog Food Reviews, Horizon Legacy

Horizon Dog Food

Horizon dog food formulas is manufactured and marketed by Horizon Pet Nutrition, a family-owned company based in Saskatchewan. The makers of Horizon Complete and Legacy dog food claim the use of only the best available local ingredients using their own state-of-the-art manufacturing facility which enables them to have control of their inputs or ingredients and products.

Horizon Pet Nutrition has come up with three lines of premium dog food formulas—Amicus, Complete, and Legacy.

Amicus is the newest dog food formula line from Horizon. It is marketed as a superior grain-free kibble diet tailored for small breeds of dogs.

Horizon Complete is an optimum-balanced formula which combines human grade ingredients, essential supplements and antioxidants. There are five Legacy Complete lines available in the market. Four meet AAFCO adult nutrient profiles and one for growth.

Horizon Legacy is a grain-free pet food formula based on a raw diet philosophy. It is a super premium blend of fresh, human grade meats combined with vitamin- and mineral-rich fruits and vegetables, and supplements designed to meet a dog’s nutritional needs. The two Horizon Legacy product lines meet the AAFCO nutrient profiles for all life stages.

Unlike other grain-free dog food formulas, Horizon dog food products claim to have no fillers and potatoes as a carbohydrate source.

The main ingredients of Amicus dog food formulas include fresh human-grade turkey, chicken, salmon, and farm fresh eggs.

Horizon Complete Formulas contain chicken meal, whole grain barley, whole grain oats, and chicken. It also contains alfalfa meal, omega fatty acids, yucca schidegera, probiotics, prebiotics, and chelated minerals.

Horizon Legacy’s major ingredients include chicken, salmon, turkey, eggs, and antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables like pineapple, blueberries and cranberries. .

It can be seen that the first few ingredients of each Horizon dog food line include protein-rich ingredients. Fresh sources of meat, that Horizon claims to be of human grade, are wholesome sources of good quality meat-based protein. The disadvantage of using fresh meat sources is the amount of water it contains. During processing, water evaporates leaving only a small portion of the meat in the formulation. On the other hand, chicken meal, turkey meal, and salmon meal are better sources of protein because these are considered meat concentrates containing almost 300% more protein than fresh meat sources. One important disadvantage with meat meals is that they are usually sourced from meat products which have been deemed unfit for human food. Thus a meat meal may contain non-wholesome ingredients including bones, tendons, entrails, and other parts of an animal’s carcass which cannot be used for human food.

Horizon dog food formulas also incorporate plant-based sources of essential nutrients including peas and flaxseed. These plant-based ingredients are also good sources of fiber that can enhance the digestion and elimination process. Flaxseed is also rich in omega-3 fatty acids.

Pea starch is used as a natural binder for kibble. Pea fiber is a rich source of both soluble and non-soluble digestible fiber which is extracted from pea hulls. Aside from the beneficial effects of the fibers, Pea Fiber is added to increase the bulk.  Pea, whether incorporated as starch or fiber, can also add to the total protein content of the feed.

Flaxseed is considered as one of the best sources of omega-3 fatty acids and soluble fiber. One thing to bear in mind with flaxseeds is that they should be ground first before incorporating in the feed to ensure digestibility.

Chicken fat is a product of rendering. It is high in linoleic acid which is an essential omega-6 fatty acid.

Like any other premium dog food formulas, Horizon coats their kibbles with probiotics which are applied after processing. This practice ensures the presence of beneficial bacteria which can boost digestive and immune system functions.

Chelated minerals have also been added to enhance absorption and utilization in the body.

There are many positive feedbacks from dog owners who have given Horizon dog food formulas to their dogs. They single out the absence of fillers and the use of high quality ingredients with grain-free formulas. Dog owners also remark on Horizon’s palatability compared to high-quality dog food formulas. The only downside with Horizon dog food formulas, as stated by many dog owners, is the price which is more expensive compared to popular dog food brands in the market.

Overall, we believe that Horizon is one of the best dog food brands available and give this dog food our highest endorsement.

Please visit the links listed below for Horizon dog food reviews by formula.

Have a comment or question about our Horizon dog food review? Want to share your experiences with others? We welcome your comments!

Horizon Dog Food Review

Horizon Legacy Dog Food Recipes:

  1. Horizon Legacy Puppy Dog FoodUpdated Formula and Review (10/29/10)
  2. Horizon Legacy Adult Dog Food

Horizon Complete Dog Food Recipes:

  1. Horizon Complete Puppy Dog Food
  2. Horizon Complete Adult Dog Food
  3. Horizon Complete Senior Dog Food
  4. Horizon Complete Large Breed Adult Dog Food

Horizon Dog Food Consumer Rating

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59 Responses to “Horizon dog food”
  1. Jess says:

    What are you gonna say now???? It’s a fact!!!! Legacy now only has 3 meats before the peas annnnnd they added another pea product annnd they lie aout it on their website. Ya you meet more like took a tour, lololol. Prove to me you work in the industry, oh thats right you can’t because you don’t. Before you make another one of youe ridulous posts, check it out……



    they will for all the experts like you. HAHAHA. Their site was down for a while. I think on another forum you said that DHA is not the bible of dog food and now you are quoting them. Are there different JESS on this site.


  2. Jess says:

    I apologize to everyone, “except el”.

    I lost my cool and thats not what this is all about. I only want to help those who want and need help learning and educating themselves about dog food. When it gets to the point of argueing about what food is the best you have crossed the line. Both dog foods are top of the line and I have no problem recomending both.

  3. P. says:

    Is there a too high of a protein grain free food for a st. poo pup? (11 mo.)
    I really want to try Legacy but it is 40% protein, help!!

  4. Michelle says:

    P-Protein is great for your dog,as long as it is quality protein sourced from named meat and eggs.I have a springer spaniel puppy and an adult Labrador who are both on Orijen 6 fish and doing very well on it.My puppy is 4 months old.If you go on Champion Pet Food’s website you can read their white paper and they dis-spell the myths about protein.I don’t know what a st poo pup is but if that is a large breed,what you really need to worry about is keeping calcium levels low.1.5 to 1.7 also watch for phosphorus levels around 1.5. I do not know the levels for Horizon legacy,it is a good food but probably for adult dogs only.I think the only grain free that is suitable for puppies is Orijen,but you did say that your pup is 11 months old so he would be okay with adult dog food-unless he is a giant breed that grows past a year.Like I said I have no idea what size your dog is because I am not familiar with the breed that you said he is.I hope this info helps you.

  5. Shan says:

    the dog P mentions is a standard poodle and he is large breed, and you guessed it right… Good advice. clarifies mu doubt too regarding Orijen for puppy.

  6. el says:

    horizons new site is up. Peas are better than potatos. look it up. and they do not lie about their ingredients. FALSE AGAIN ORIJEN WEB BLOGGER. You always loose your cool not very professional.

  7. el says:

    legacy is 36% protein its ok, still on the high level, Orijen is 40%, watch out. But he is 11 months and did most of his growth, so any would do at this time. For a large breed dog before growth spurts I would not feed high levels of protein.

  8. el says:

    I’m sorry, people might get upset, but a lot of large breed dogs had a lot of problems with high protein. It’s not a fact that high protein will cause problems, but there is no research that says it will not. High protein is new in this field. Innova Evo says you should NOT feed your dog high protein and their protein level is higher by 2% than Orijen (more meat). But if its meat sources you want, go RAW. Protein in these bags does not only come from the meat sources, but also includes protein from other ingredients in the bag such as potato and so on. So protein does not come only from quality meat sources. That is why it is tricky with commercial dog food bags.

  9. richard says:

    Horizon Legacy is great for puppies. Why is Orijen better? My bulldog pup does great on it. I love that they put peas in it, instead of potatos. I heard potatos are not that great. Not saying they are bad, there is far worse, but we do not need potatos in our diet, why do dogs.

  10. Michelle says:

    richard-what I was saying is that you have to watch calcium levels for LARGE breed pups I think Horizon Legacy is a good dog food,I didn’t say Orijen is better.Potatoes-Peas I don’t really care.With LARGE and GIANT breed pups you really have to worry about CALCIUM levels.Not protein.Protein (good quality)is great for your dog or puppy.With small and medium breeds calcium is not really that big of a deal but most puppy foods ARE NOT made with large-giant breeds in mind because the calcium levels are too high.As I stated before I do not know what the calcium levels in Horizon legacy puppy are.1.5 or lower is best for large-giant breeds and you should make sure phosphorus levels are in check too.

  11. Shan says:

    El I wouldn’t call Jess a ORIJEN WEB BLOGGER I think you are new to this site, Honestly she is one of those who really care on giving good information to others, Her posts are in every dog food and she supports all and only the good brands. Honestly you sound like a Horizon Web blogger, any common reader here will notice it. in so many places she has recommend Horizon, and the same way she has recommended different dog food. Well only when she meets people like you she looses her cool.

  12. Jess says:

    Thats because I am a dude, LOL. Thanks for the nice words. I really am here for only one purpose and that is to help educate people on what bad dog food “CAN” do to their dog. My last GSD was put down due to a tumor and the vet did not and would not rule out a bad diet as being a cause. So I kinda feel it was my fault and I well always feed a good diet to my dogs. So for the last year and a half I have gone crazy educating myself and you gotta believe me when I say I have read a ton about dog food. Am I an expert? No, because everyday I learn something new. Such as, some reviewers believe the main ingredient are just the first 5, but some believe it is all the ingredients before the first fat. Something to look at when looking at food, do I believe that? Not really, but I don’t count it out and I now always look at ALL those ingredients.

    Horizon is a good dog food and IT IS IN my dogs rotation, but it won’t be for long if Horizon does not respond to my e-mail”S”.

  13. Shan says:

    My bad i have this habit of coming into conclusions of gender by name. this is not the first time am doing this LOL. Nice to have people like you spending time in educating about dog foods.

  14. June from Ct says:

    I have two Standard Poodle pups, one will be 6 months end of month and one 8 weeks old. I am lost when it comes to feeding them. I am having information overload. The salesman at my local feed store suggested I buy Legacy and also sold me some frozen raw chicken in little chunks that looks like it has freezer burn. I have not given the little pup the chicken but i have used it for the larger pup for training treats. I heard not to use puppy food to switch them to adult. I also investigated on line and asked my Vet about raw diet. She said she has seen liver failure on Raw and would not suggest it to anyone. That dogs have been domesticated for many years and are not like wild wolf. What to do?? Any help will be appreciated.

  15. Michelle says:

    June-With large breed puppies what you need to look out for is Calcium levels,you want to make sure that they are not too high,because this can cause the bones to be deformed from growing too quickly.So calcium should be 1.5% or lower for large breed pups.Some brands to check out are Orijen large breed puppy.Fromm gives total nutrient breakdowns on their website.Taste of the wild claims to be all life stages but I do not know what their calcium levels are.A quick call or e-mail to them could get you that info.You are right sometimes Adult “all life stages” meet the needs of large breed pups more so than puppy foods.

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