Horizon is a family-owned pet food brand based in Saskatchewan, Canada. The brand was founded in 2006 and has stuck by the values that it established during its inception around nutrition and quality.
Horizon produces all of its own pet food recipes in its dedicated facilities in Saskatchewan, Canada. They also aim to source the bulk of the ingredients used in their recipes from local suppliers in Canada.
Horizon pet food products are available for purchase at select retail stores across the United States and Canada. You can also purchase Horizon recipes from some online retailers like Chewy and Amazon.
Horizon Product Range
Horizon has a moderately sized product range, but within this range, there are only dry dog food recipes with no wet/canned options.
Despite this limiting factor, the variety within their dry food recipes is significant. Each of their sub-ranges appeals to a niche of dogs and different consumer price points.
They have premium recipes with a high proportion of meat and fish ingredients and lower-cost options that still maintain a reasonable percentage.
All age ranges of dogs are also covered within Horizon’s range as there are recipes for puppies and all life stage recipes.
Horizon has a tiny range of cat food recipes that only includes 2 unique recipes.
Both of these recipes are dry cat food recipes, and one is grain-free, with the other being grain-inclusive.
The nutrition provided by Horizon recipes varies but is generally above-average.
Horizon has some low-cost recipes which provide average nutrition, but most of the other recipes from the more premium lines like Legacy and Complete provide excellent nutrition high animal-based in protein and fat.
Below is an example of the nutrition provided by a Horizon dry dog food recipe.
Given the tiny size of Horizon’s cat food range, there is not much variety in the nutrition the recipes provide.
Despite this, the nutrition offered by Horizon cat food is generally above-average and includes above-average proportions of protein and fat.
It is critical that cats do not consume a diet that is high in plant-based content and carbohydrates. This is as they are obligate carnivores and excel on a diet of animal and fish ingredients.
High-Quality Meat & Fish Ingredients
Horizon uses a small range of meat and fish ingredients in its recipes. These recipes include some industry favorites like Chicken and Salmon, but exclusive others like Beef.
These ingredients are so popular as they are affordable, highly nutritious, and easy to source.
Horizon does not make use of any unusual or unique ingredients like Venison, Rabbit, or Kangaroo. These are often used in recipes for dogs with allergies or sensitivities, which you can read about here in Best Hypoallergenic Dog Foods Guide.
Other Notable Ingredients
Horizon’s grain-free recipes make use of legume ingredients like Peas, Lentils, and Chickpeas. These legume ingredients are incredibly popular among pet food manufacturers as they are low-cost and can provide favorable nutrition that is high in plant-based protein.
However, in recent years there have been growing concerns between the high use of legumes in dog food and an increase in Canine Heart Disease. You can read more about this topic here.
Horizon’s grain-inclusive recipes make use of grain ingredients such as Barley, Rye, and Oats. Grain ingredients like these can provide a mix of carbohydrates, fiber, and select vitamins and minerals.
Grains are a controversial addition to pet food recipes, with many pet owners being strongly against their use.
However, there are others that swear by grains and specifically seek them out. The grain ingredients used by Horizon are some that are considered to be less “processed” than others, such as Corn or Wheat.
Chicken Fat is a regular addition to many brand’s recipes. Its purpose in pet food is to enhance flavor and boost the overall levels of animal-based fat present.
Chicken Fat is chosen to do this as it is cost-effective and easy to source. Read more about Chicken Fat and its uses in dog food in Chicken Fat In Dog Food.
Alfalfa is used in pet food as a source of potentially beneficial vitamins and minerals. Many believe that these micronutrients can improve the health and wellbeing of pets.
However, many of these claims are not yet conclusively proven. Read more about what potential benefits Alfalfa can provide in Alfalfa In Dog Food.
Flaxseed is best known for being an excellent plant-based source of the Omega 3 Fatty Acids. These fatty acids are believed to provide several health benefits, such as an improvement in the condition of a dog’s skin and coat. Learn more about Flaxseed and its benefits in Flaxseed In Dog Food.
Horizon Animal Testing
At this time, we have no information on whether Horizon participates in invasive or laboratory testing of animals.
We strongly believe that laboratory or invasive testing of animals is a cruel and outdated practice. We hope that in the future, it will be eliminated.
Despite this, we always suggest that pet owners remain vigilant of any future recalls of Horizon or any other pet food brand.
Horizon Featured Articles
Best Dog Food In Canada – Many Canadians struggle to find reliable information on dog food in Canada as most google searches come back with US-based information.
In this article, we go in-depth in our discussion of some of the best dog food recipes available in Canada, including one from Horizon.
Best of Horizon
Legacy Grain Free All Life Stage Salmon Formula Review
The Legacy range from Horizon provides the most impressive nutrition of all of Horizon’s ranges. 81% of each recipe is sourced from animal or fish ingredients, which is unprecedented and only matched by other premium brands like Orijen.
The above Salmon Formula is an excellent choice and uses a mix of Salmon and Salmon Meal as its primary ingredients. Salmon is an excellent source of protein and fat but is also one of the best sources of the beneficial Omega 3 Fatty Acids.
Outside of its fish ingredients, the recipe makes use of legume ingredients like Peas, which provide a modest proportion of carbohydrates and fiber.
Complete Whole Grain All Life Stage Chicken Formula Review
As we discussed earlier, Horizon has a mix of grain-free and grain-inclusive recipes, and the above Chicken Formula is one of their best grain-inclusive options.
Chicken Meal is the recipe’s primary ingredient and is an excellent source of animal-based protein and fat. Many dog owners are afraid of meat meals like Chicken Meal, but they shouldn’t be as they are just meat that has been processed to remove its moisture content.
While the proportion of meat ingredients in this recipe isn’t quite as high as the Legacy range, it is still suitable for the majority of dogs.
The grain ingredients used in this particular recipe are Barley, Rye, and Oats. This mixture provides a reasonable proportion of carbohydrates and fiber.
Legacy Grain Free All Life Stage Feline Formula Review
Horizon has two cat food recipes, and the above Legacy recipe is our favorite of these two.
The recipe uses a mix of meat and fish ingredients, including Chicken, Turkey, and Salmon, to provide an impressive proportion of protein and fat, which is far above-average when compared to most dry cat food.
Outside of this meat and fish content, the recipe uses a mix of pea-based ingredients to provide a modest proportion of carbohydrates and fiber.
Horizon Full Product Range
Pulsar Grain Free Chicken Formula
Pulsar Grain Free Salmon Formula
Pulsar Grain Free Lamb Formula
Pulsar Grain Free Turkey Formula
Pulsar Grain Free Pork Formula
Pulsar Whole Grain Chicken Formula
Pulsar Whole Grain Pork Formula
Taiga Grain Free Chicken Formula
Taiga Grain Free Pork Formula
Taiga Whole Grain Chicken Formula
Taiga Whole Grain Pork Formula
Legacy Grain Free Adult Tri-Protein Formula
Legacy Grain Free All Life Stage Salmon Formula
Legacy Grain Free Puppy Tri-Protein Formula
Amicus Grain Free Adult Tri-Protein Formula
Amicus Grain Free All Life Stage Chicken Formula
Amicus Grain Free All Life Stage Salmon Formula
Amicus Grain Free All Life Stage Lamb Formula
Complete Whole Grain All Life Stage Chicken Formula
Complete Whole Grain Large Breed Adult Chicken Formula
Complete Whole Grain Large breed Puppy Chicken Formula
Complete Whole Grain Senior/Weight Management Chicken Formula
Legacy Grain Free All Life Stage Feline Formula
Complete Whole Grain All Life Stage Feline Formula