“Wow that horse has a great hair coat! Look at a the health of that foal….. only 21 days old! The semen we received on that stallion was stellar 24 hours post collection!”
These are all remarks we’ve probably made before as members of the equestrian world. Usually the observations are reflective of the standard of care the individual horse is receiving. However, there are things we as horse owners can add to our nutritional programs to give our horses that extra boost.
Now, let’s get down to business about supplementing with Omega fatty acids. We all know the equine supplement market is limitless, and quite frankly overwhelming. So, how do you choose the supplement that is best for your horse and program? And how do they impact your horse?
✅Improves cell membrane health. Cell function is key to health of horses and humans alike
✅Skin and Haircoat – Thoroughbred studies show that there is direct correlations between high blood plasma ratios of Omega3 & Omega6 fatty acids and good hair coat condition
✅Recent studies in reining horses have shown that horses supplemented with balanced Omega3:6 had reduced inflammatory response when exercised, decreasing the likelihood of injury.
✅Support Immune Health
✅Beneficial for intra-articular joint health and flexibility
✅Increase Stamina – aiding in recovering during heavy training
✅Improve fertility in mares and stallions
The name of the game is high quality semen. Superior semen increases the success rate of pregnancy with the first cover or artificial insemination. According to studies at Colorado State University, University of Arizona, and Texas A&M University, supplementing stallions with Omega 3’s showed increase in total number of progressively motile sperm. The most improvement being evident in fresh semen, and 24 hours post cooling. One study even showed an increase in the percentage of morphologically correct sperm and an increase in the concentration of the semen. What does this all mean? Higher quality semen = higher percentage of pregnant mares.
Mares & Foals:
All the major universities included above, in addition to Kansas State University, studied the role
of Omega 3 supplementation in broodmares and direct correlation to foals up to 16 weeks post foaling. They found that mares supplemented with Omega 3 had higher quality colostrum rich in antibodies. This increases the immunity in foals giving their immune system an advantage in aiding infections like joint ill. High quality colostrum = healthier foals.
Young & Growing Horses:
The researchers at Texas A&M said, “The inclusion of omega-3s has the potential to benefit geriatric horses with osteoarthritis, as well as performance horses subjected to high-impact and high stress training, thus potentially improving quality of life and athletic performance.” Horses in similar studies showed increased length of stride correlating to increased flexibility. Synovial fluid viscosity and volume were also noted as increased in those supplementing with balanced Omega fatty acids.
Now for the overwhelming part. We know that Omega Fatty Acids when supplemented at the proper ratios of 4:1 are beneficial to all of our horses. But which supplement do you feed? There are a million on the market. Some are more cost effective than others. Some require large volumes of oils, some less.
WhoaZone’s preferred source for Omega supplementation is ExcelEQ. Why?
🍀100% plant based — horses are proven in studies to convert and utilize plant based supplements much easier than animal based oils like fish oil. What does this mean? You don’t have to feed CUPS but merely ounces for even better results.
Are we at WhoaZone saying not to feed fish oil? Absolutely not. We just prefer plant based products that are more efficient for our equine companions to utilize.
🍀1-2 oz per head per day means less mess and easier to feed
☘️Excellent source of plant based Vitamin E, which aids in GI health for optimal absorption of feed and supplements. As well as aiding in muscle and soft tissue function and recovery.
You can get more info on ExcelEQ here:
Actual ExcelEQ “Transformation” below!
Cuttin Chex in Texas “Red” (Solanos Kicker x Miss Cuttin Fritz) owned by Elizabeth Hemmi
Thank you for reading! Until next time!