Tag Archives: Omega-3

Summer Allergies

Nothing ruins enjoying the warm weather with your horse quite like the scourge of allergies.  Manifestations run the gamut from sneezing and snorting to wheezing, runny eyes and agonizing itching. from Towcester Vets, UK Allergies are basically a misdirected and … Continue reading

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Understanding Fat and Fatty Acids

Fat is much more than a storage form of calories.  The membrane of all cells contains fat. Fatty substances form a waterproof barrier in skin and hooves.  Some classes of hormone are derived from fat/cholesterol.  Some fats help regulate the … Continue reading

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Three Supplements Every Horse Needs

A universal requirement for horses around the world is salt, primarily for sodium but chloride can also be deficient.  The diet of all horses is deficient.  Wait.  If that’s true, how All equine feedstuffs are deficient in sodium and the … Continue reading

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Adjusting Nutrition for Winter

For some of us, winter has already arrived.  For others, it’s just beginning in earnest.  For all, the horse is facing some challenges. Horses actually tolerate and enjoy the cold a lot more than most of us do.  Their neutral … Continue reading

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Feeding Weanlings

Weanlings have intensive nutritional needs and you shouldn’t start feeding them like a smaller version of an adult. Nutrient dense diets are those that have high levels of protein/amino acids and minerals per calorie. As you might expect, mineral requirements … Continue reading

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Omega-3 Fatty Acid Sources

Flax.  Fish oil.  Chia.  Krill.  Algae.  By the time I write this there could be another source, also claiming to be the best for some reason.  Do you need to supplement omega-3 fatty acids?  If so, which source is best? … Continue reading

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The Great Chia v. Flax Debate

OK. “Great” may be an overstatement but if you have frequent online equine presence you have probably heard of Chia seeds as the next latest and greatest equine supplement. Chia seeds are used to grow “hair” on the popular Chia … Continue reading

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No Hoof, No Horse

The equine foot is a miracle of engineering and a design that is unique in the animal kingdom. Why the equine foot evolved the way it did is a bit of a mystery, but one clear thing is that the form … Continue reading

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Oil and Horses

Although feeding fat to horses is often a topic of debate, recent research indicates that feeding fats containing Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) can provide support not only for skin and hooves, but mental, digestive, reproductive, pulmonary and joint function, as well. … Continue reading

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