Many horse owners, breeders and trainers are now starting to feed some form of oil as part of the diet. Whether it be for a shiny coat, or an energy source, there are several types of oil available. Flax Seed Oil will provide fantastic results in terms of soft, shiny coats and the energy provided, but the key advantage of using Flax Seed Oil over other readily available oils is the Omega 3 content.
Flax Seed Oil provides the richest (almost 60%) natural source of Omega 3, an essential fatty acid (EFA) which is not generally present in equine foods. Like all animals, horses cannot manufacture this essential fatty acid which is so important for their overall health.
Grain is a common ingredient of many modern horse feeds, and contains high levels of Omega 6, another Essential Fatty Acid. Many other oils such as Hemp and Soy Bean Oil are also much higher in Omega 6 than Omega 3. Every horse (and any other mammal) needs to obtain both Omega 3 and 6 in the diet, as they cannot be produced by the body, hence the term 'Essential'. However, very few horse feeds contain sufficient amounts of Omega 3, and it is this lack of Omega 3 and too much Omega 6 that is often cited as the cause for several inflammatory conditions such as laminitis, arthritis and skin problems.
Supplementing your horse's daily feed with Flax Seed Oil can help to rectify the imbalance of Omega 6 and 3, and help to prevent and treat all sorts of inflammatory conditions, as well as supporting the immune, circulatory and digestive systems. On top of this, their coats will become soft and shiny, their skin will be healthy, their joints will be supported, muscles will repair quickly and their hooves will become less brittle! And as an energy source, Flax Seed Oil is second to none, with the equivalent amount of energy being provided in one cup of oil as four cups of grain. It is therefore ideal for race horses and endurance events.
Below are some of the key benefits of adding Omega 3 rich Flax Seed Oil to your horse's diet:
And finally, our Flax Seed Oils for horses are processed in exactly the same way as our Food Grade Oils, and meet food grade standards, so you can be assured you are feeding your horses a top quality grade oil.
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