Fourflax Equine Flax Seed Products for Horses

By: Fourflax  05-Apr-2012

Cold-Pressed 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 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 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 signs of Omega 3 deficiency in your horse's diet: 

  •   Dry itchy skin conditions and dermatitis
  •   Allergies and allergic reactions such as sweet itch
  •   Inflammation and inflammatory conditions such as laminitis
  •   Joint pain and reduced mobility
  •   Cracked hooves
  •   Slow wound healing
  •   Gastrointestinal disorders

All of the above can be prevented and treated by supplementing your horse's diet with Omega 3, and Flax Seed Oil is perfect for the job!

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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Daily Costs of Feeding Fourflax Equine Flax Seed Products

We suggest feeding roughly one cup per day for general health and maintenance, and increasing this amount when higher levels of protein and/or dietary fibre are required. Want to know how much it will cost to feed Flax Seed Oil or Flax Seed Flake to your horse. Costs and daily feeding rates shown are for 1 horse per day.


Why use Fourflax Equine Flax Seed Oil for Horses

Now with the availability of Equine Flax Seed Oil and the high concentration of Omega 3 that is present in this product, horse owners can easily administer this health-giving supplement to their animals, without the need for getting messy and trying to boil linseed.