Cold-Pressed to a very high standard from Linseed Seed, Flax Seed Oil is rich in Omega 3, an Essential Fatty Acid that has many health benefits, and helps to build incredibly shiny coats...The Natural Choice for a Healthy Horse!
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:
- Dry itchy skin conditions and dermatitis are treated naturally
- Allergies and allergic reactions such as Queensland itch are soothed
- Inflammation and inflammatory conditions such as laminitis are alleviated
- Joint pain, reduced mobility, tying up and muscular cramps are all reduced, and recovery times
following exercise are increased, as the high Omega 3 content aids the breakdown of lactic acid
- Horses can become less 'fizzy' when the oil is used as an energy source, due the the oil being a fat source
of energy rather than a carbohydrate source
- Hooves become stronger and less prone to cracking
- Coats become incredibly shiny and soft - perfect for showing your horses!
- Gastrointestinal disorders can be treated and digestion is helped
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.
Flaxseed OilBy: Trish Watts on 30 October 2018Have only just started using the oil but the ponies seem to love it. Will give a more comprehensive review when they have been on it for a few months.
The best oil we have usedBy: Trudy Newman on 16 March 2017We have only been using this oil since just after Easter this year(2013)and the shine on the three horses that we trialed it on is fantastic. we are now going to add our older retired horses and see how they go as well