Omega Nibblers - Best natural Omega-3 treat supplement for horses made from top quality ingredients for hoof, joint and skin health
Omega Nibblers® are tasty, nutritious, and functional - the perfect Omega-3 treat/supplement for horses in all life stages. Made from stabilized fortified ground flaxseed and natural ingredients that taste great - a worthy treat for your horse!
All flaxseed used in Omega Fields' products is milled to Global Food Safety Initiative standards for human consumption, employing a third party-validated, 5-log Kill Step and propietary stabilization processes for long shelf life. The flaxseed is certified to SQF 2000 standards, guaranteed pathogen-free with very low total microbial values, and guaranteed shelf stable for a MINIMUM of one year under ambient storage conditions - no refrigeration or special packaging required!
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Omega Nibblers® - only treat awarded BOTH "Editor's Choice" and "$Best Buy" by HORSE JOURNAL™
- "Easy to feed. Treats can be broken into smaller pieces easily ...Very complete guaranteed analysis."
- "Testers showed a preference for cookie-style treasts, like the Omega Nibblers®."
- "For best buy, it's tough to beat the Omega Nibblers®. They're flaxseed-based with molassess, and the horses clearly enjoyed the taste."
“Omega Nibblers® are EZ Charger Man’s favorite treats! Incredible results – his coat is so shiny and healthy and his once brittle, poor growing hooves are now thick and strong. Omega Nibblers® are also affordable and really convenient. I love that I am able to supplement him with superior Omega-3 treats!” –Alli Kellogg, WI
Omega Nibblers® were formulated by our biochemist in consultation with several veterinarians to help maintain the health of your horse. Omega Nibblers® are a great tasting and functional treat containing the best ratios of the full spectrum of natural Omega EFAs – higher in 3 & 9, lower in 6.
Omega Nibblers® are an excellent value, and have a 100% Customer Satisfaction Guarantee!
Your horses need:
- Smooth skin texture with added luster (beautiful bloom) to the coat, with earlier shedding
- Strong, thick-walled hooves (restores cracked, brittle, thin-walled hooves)
- Smooth muscle action, less soreness and stiffness, shorter recovery time (alleviates stiff, immobile joints)
- Sand colic prevention (mucilage traps and suspends sand, moving it out)
- Less incidence of tying up and muscle cramping (soothes aching muscles)
- Top performance potential
- Perfect treat size for clicker training
- Convenient, functional nutritious treat
You can have confidence in the Premium, Human-Grade, Non-GMO, 99.9% Pure, Stabilized, Ground, Fortified Flax we use in our Omega Nibblers® formula. Proprietary stabilization technology provides a stable, ground, fortified flaxseed composition as a rich source of Omega-3 in the diet.
- Proprietary stabilization technology binds (chelates) the naturally-occurring lignans (powerful antioxidants) in the flax seed to those wonderful Omega-3 essential fatty acids. Therefore, when the flax seeds are ground, the antioxidants serve to protect the integrity of the essential fatty acids for a full twelve months.
- Proprietary stabilization technology includes the inclusion of B-6 and Zinc when the seeds are going through the grinding process. Flax seed contains a natural B-6 antagonist, so B-6 needs to be added to ground flax. B-6 and Zinc not only enhance the stabilization of the essential fatty acids, but also fortify the ground flax seed with the nutrients used by the body when flax seed is being metabolized
Although Omega Nibblers® treats are a super source of Omega-3s and plant and vitamin based antioxidants -- we know they would test high in NSC (non structural carbohydrates) for starch and sugar because of the oats, ground grain sorghum, and blackstrap molasses in the recipe. Therefore, Omega Nibblers® are not recommended for IR or Cushings horses.
However, Omega Horseshine® is recommended as an effective Omega-3 supplement for Cushings and IR horses. Omega Horseshine®, has a very low 4.4% NSC value (as sampled basis) coming from 0.6% Starch and 3.8% Sugar and is recommended as a safe source of essential Omega-3 for IR/Cushings horses. It is true that the Omega 3 in flax substitutes for what a horse on a dry lot is missing in not being on pasture. Please see more information below.
As a suggestion for a very basic treat -- we have a customer who told us he mixes the 1/2 cup Omega Horseshine® with just enough water to have it stick together and hand feeds it to his horse -- and his horse thinks it is a big old treat! We've shared his comment with many of our customers who've told us they've tried it and their horses liked it too! Many equine natural-nutrition experts recommend horses should eat fats in amounts and types that mimic their ancestral diet. The natural equine diet of fresh grasses is extremely low in fat, with the naturally occurring fat predominantly Omega-3 Essential Fatty Acid. The Omega-3 and Omega-6 essential fatty acid levels in fresh grasses are at 4:1 (Omega-3 to Omega-6). Ground flax seed has Omega-3 and Omega-6 levels that are the closest to fresh grasses. The Omega-3 and Omega-6 levels in flax seed run at least 4:1, often even higher.
Omega Horseshine® contains 30% crude fat and has a 39% Carbohydrate level with a NSC level of 4.4% (Starch 0.6% and Sugar 3.8%). It is one of the safest and most natural ways to supplement the healthy Omega-3 fat in animals -- which provides side "benefits" of beautiful bloom, soft smooth skin, strong solid hoof growth, prevention of inflammatory problems from bug bites/allergies, relief from arthritic pain, and sufficient Omega-3 for pregnant mares. And it is safe for your metabolically challenged horses. We also would like to recommend that you visit one of the most relevant and interesting sources of information on the web concerning effective treatment for Cushings and Insulin Resistant (IR) horses -- http://groups.yahoo.com/group/EquineCushings/
This group is co-owned and moderated by Dr. Eleanor Kellon (V.M.D.) - Equine Nutritional Solutions (www.drkellon.com) - world renowned and respected equine veterinarian, researcher, and acclaimed author. When you join the group (no cost or obligation), you will be able to access their tremendous files section. It holds a plethora of information.
Ground Flaxseed, Ground Grain Sorghum, Hulled Barley, Rolled Oats, Black Strap Molasses, Yeast Culture, Salt, Mixed Tocopherols ( natural preservative), Zinc Sulfate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B-6)
Crude Protein, % Min. 14.0
Crude Fat, % Min. 20.0
Crude Fiber, % Max. 9.0
Calcium, % Min. 0.11
Calcium, % Max. 0.12
Phosphorus, % Min. 0.39
Salt, % Min. 0.83
Salt, % Max. 0.89
Magnesium, % Min. 0.20
Potassium, % Min. 0.27
Copper, ppm Mac. 9.0
Selenium, ppm Min. 1.0
Zinc, ppm Min. 57.0
Manganese, ppm Min. 19.0
Moisture, % Max. 6.0
Omega-3 Fatty Acids, % Min. 9.0
Omega-6 Fatty Acids, % Min. 3.0
Omega-9 Fatty Acids, % Min. 4.0
Contains per treat:
684 mg – Omega -3
228 mg – Omega -6
304 mg – Omega -9
Feed as desired while training, performing, trail riding, or as a nutritious anytime treat.
Feed 15 treats per day when using as an Omega-3 supplement for a 1200 pound horse. Start gradually the first week, then increase to full amount.
The stabilized, ground, fortified flax seed used in Omega Nibblers® utilizes proprietary stabilization technology. The powerful nutrients in Omega Nibblers® are locked in and guaranteed stable for at least 12 months with no signs of rancidity or loss of nutritional value. Best if stored in a cool, dry place.
3.5 lb. pouch (approximately 215 treats) and 15 lb. box (approximately 925 treats)
For more information see our F.A.Q. page or call 877-663-4203.
Thanks so much for your contest; we're delighted to be a winner! Daisy already loves her Horseshine, but Nibblers will be SO convenient on those days when we don't have time for that "extra" meal.
Just for fun... Daisy when I got her February 2010
Daisy after 2.5 year of Horseshine (and good food, training, and lots of love!)
- Chris C., WY
Omega Nibblers are so helpful when I need to administer to my horse vitamins or medication. I mix the medicine with applesauce and make a paste which I put between two Nibblers (like an Oreo) and my horse gobble up all the good stuff. They love their Nibblers. Thanks Omega Fields.- Beverly Gray, Endurance Horse Racer and Trainer
Omega Fields' products and Customer Service have been beyond amazing since day one, and I will ALWAYS continue to use your products for as long as I have animals! Your company truly impacted my animals lives, as well as mine, for the best. Thank you again so much, from my heart, as well as my horses! Omega Horseshine forever! :)- Christine C.
My horses need Omega Field's products to stay on top of the competition. We rely on your products to keep them all happy health and strong! Could not do with out them!- Malia C.
I first tried your Omega Nibblers for horses on the recommendation of my barn owner. Her family owns a store that carries the Omega Nibblers and some of your other products. My horse LOVES these treats and I love that they are a healthy choice for rewarding my horse. They are nicely balanced with regard to the three EFAs, more of the Omega 3 and 9, and a little less of the Omega 6. I really like that I am contributing to his health and wellbeing by giving him these treats. Great product!
- Melissa M., PA
I absoultely love love love your Omega Nibblers! My picky mare eats them all up, like they're candy! On top of her loving them, I know they're very good for her! Tons of omegas for a great shiny coat and healthy hooves! And for me that's a double plus! Tasty for her and healthy for my peace of mind! Keep up the great work Omega Fields!- Joy G., CA
My horse loves your Omega Nibblers. His ears perk up and eyes really wide when he had his first treat. He could not get enough of the treats. He enjoys the treats more then Mrs Pastures. Thank you for making a treat that will benefit him in many ways!!!- Heather S.
I get a great feeling of relief that my sixteen year old mare is getting the nutrition she needs with the Omega Nibblers. Since at this time, I have to board my horse, I put 12-13 nibblers in zip lock bags. It makes it convenient for them to feed her. It is also very easy for me to do this for her. She loves them and and I know she is getting the benefits of them. They also are very affordable. My mare is a Kentucky Mountain Horse who is incredibly trained. I just bought her this past summer, she is in great health and I plan on keeping it that way- Thank you Omega Fields for this great procuct!- Donna K.
I can't beleive the difference in the horses my trainer has on this stuff (Omega GRANDE and Omega Nibblers)! They are so incredibly shiny!!! Thank you!- Andrea, CA
I absolutely LOVE Omega Fields Nibblers and Nuggets. My dog and horse have shiny coats and can't wait for their treats. My dog sits and looks at the container... "begging" and the horse runs in from the field to get his Nibblers! Time to make some for cats now too! My cat wants to eat the dog treats!
I have atached a picture of my Palomino and Sorrel quarter horse that both love Nibblers! My Palomino is so beautiful when he sheds out! I have put down the Sorrel gelding gelding last Fall, but I am convinced that he lived a better and longer life thanks to Nibblers. He had foundered and I know flax helped his feet the last few years. And his coat was beautiful. He was my copper penny and my golden palomino always looked so good in the summer grazing in the green grass!!!- Janet S., ND
"I found out about Omega Nibblers from a friends I ride horses with. She told me that if I wanted to feed a good, healthy, beneficial treat to my horse, to try Omega Nibblers. She gave me a few to give Angel and she loved them!! She has never been one to eat just any treat, so I knew when she took a serious liking to these, that I had to get some myself. These are the ONLY treats I feed my 3 horses now and their feet and coats have improved tremendously! Thank you, Omega Fields, for making a nutritous, tasty treat for my horses! Sincerely, Kristina Fortson; Pensacola, FL.- Kristina Fortson
"Dear Omega Fields,
As a Barefoot trimmer, I have seen great results with your products. I personally use the Horseshine and a client of mine uses the Nibblers. I really like what these products have done for the hoof quality. The walls are stronger and the chipping and peeling have gone completely. Thank you for these great products!
Natural Hoof Care"- Natural Hoof Care
"My horses absolutely love these! They would eat them all the time if I'd let em'. It has made there coasts shine, and their look sooo much healthier!"- Nikki
"We love these things!"
"Omega Nibblers are great! My horses love them! We never have any problems with the hooves and their coats look great!"- Amanda Martillaro
"This is my buddy Roo and he loves Omega Nibblers, he is looking so good, shinny and his hooves have never been better."- Al Kaenel
"Wow, is all I can say, we love the Omega Nibblers they are the best. Not only do the horses love them but I feel great feeding them and boy are they looking great."- Laura Seldal
"Just wanted to let you know that my boy Hank just loves his treats, I can get him to do just about anything for one of these, even all 4 feet on the pedistal. Not to mention all of the complements we get about his shine, which has come since starting the Nibblers last spring. Thanks so much.
"I love these things. A few years back we got a new Thoroughbred. Keeping shoes on him was next to impossible....2 days after the farrier, a shoe would be missing. I put Copper on the Nibblers and by the next farrier visit there was a marked improvement in the hooves.
Farrier couldn't get over the improvement in the overall health of the hoof. Copper's coat got a "new penny" shine to it as well."- Marilyn Strout
"I just want to drop a line and let you know what a great product the Omega Nibblers are, my horses love them and if allowed would eat them like candy, I am often asked how I get them so shinny well it has to be the nibblers since I feed only hay, and the nibblers.
We next to never have hoof issues, unlike 2 years ago when my young horse had chipped hooves that woul extend up the entire hoof, those are all gone and we are living happy, not to mention the thing I can get them to do for a cookie."- Anita Kaenel
"Hello & thanks!
Just wanted to say how much my horses & I love your products! They think the Omega Nibblers are wonderful and their coats & hooves are shiny & strong because of your OMEGA HORSESHINE that they get everyday. They think it's delicious too! I like Mega Omega for myself and husband... keeps us healthy and shiny too!"- Karol Kay
I have been feeding your Omega products to my horses for two years now and I wouldn't change a thing! They get their daily ration of Omega Horseshine as well as Omega Nibblers. My horses absolutely love their Nibblers and I love the wonderfully shine coats that they have because of them. So many horse treats out there are made from inferior products and I was very happy to find your products. I expect a lot from my horses and your Omega Nibblers make a great treat for them while they are still getting the supplement that they need. The two horses pictured in this photo are Shalamara Acres Shamiko and Vintage Farms Romantic Rumba. They are AMHA registered Miniature Horses and are multi champions and futurity winners, partially in thanks to your wonderful Omega Nibblers and Omega Horseshine. Thank you for making such a wonderful product!
- Nickie G., WA
We started using Nibblers last year and they have become our horse's favorite treat. Our horse is fairly young and I wasn't convinced she needed these, but bought them because my daughter though they looked perfect for training treats. Since using them, her coat has been even more shiny and healthy looking and her hooves are in fantastic shape with no dryness or brittle edges. We love your product and it's wonderful to have something to offer her that we know promotes her feeling great as well as looking marvelous.
They are really the best treat I've ever seen for horses. Our stubborn baby behaves beautifully when she knows I've got a pocket full of Nibblers!- Beth Pearson, PA
I have been using Omega Horseshine and Omega Nibblers for years. I think both products are outstanding. My mare loves the Nibblers and I like the fact that I can break them up into smaller pieces and put them in my pocket for an always accessible treat. They have done wonders for Pearl's feet and coat. She is grey and even in the middle of winter, with a huge fluffy coat, dirt, and mud ground into her fur, the sun just glints off of her. It is truly amazing. I would also really recommend Canine Shine. I started giving it to my dogs after having such a good experience with the Horseshine. People (my vet included) always comment about how shiny and healthy they look. I gave a bag to a friend who's dog was itchy and had a dull coat. After one bag he looks like a different dog, all silky and shiny and no more itching. Keep up the good work with your products!- Randis Schmidt
I have used the Omega Horseshine and Omega Nibblers products for years and am very convinced of their benefits as I have stopped and started the feeding and seen the difference in my horses.- Bill Corely, MO
Omega Nibblers® are EZ Charger Man’s favorite treats! Incredible results – his coat is shiny and healthy and his once brittle poor growing hooves are now thick and strong. I love that I am able to supplement him with superior Omega -3 treats. EZ Charger Man is proud to be an official Omega Fields® Ambassador!”- Alli Kellogg, WI
I am very happy with the benefits of Omega Nibblers! My horses love those treats and I feel good about giving them healthy snacks! I would also love to try the Omega Horseshine!- Kim Meyers, VA
My 33 year old mare depends on Omega Nibblers for her nourishment. I give her 15 every day as said on the package and her health is so much better. Since I started the nibblers she is just a lot more alert and not dragging her feet when I put her out in the morning. I buy Omega Horseshine at Fleet Farm for my other three horses. I appreciate all your care and will continue to tell my friends about how good your product is!- Kathy Sabel, WI
Sam is CRAZY about Omega Nibblers! I will be a regular Nibblers buyer for sure. Here is Sam at this year's Pinto World Show, just to show you his fabulous coat. Hard to believe it was ever dull. Thank you for your great products -- Omega Horseshine and Omega Nibblers.- Tammy Kettlehut, MI
My horse’s name is Lacey - her registered name is TR Legacy's Romance. My horse looks forward to receiving her fresh supply of her absolute favorite snack. I have had to use a substitute treat for the last couple of weeks and she spit them out at me! She knows an Omega Nibbler® from an imposter!- Holly McManigal
My finicky TWH mare "A Delightful Sunrise" aka "Siren" just loves your Omega Nibblers! I had such a time finding anything she enjoyed to use with my clicker training. I first bought a smaller bag to make sure, and I just re-ordered a large bag. She is the "Princess" of the barn, and people remark how beautiful her coat and mane and tail are. Her mane has grown 5 inches since February, and her hoofs are hard and smooth. As soon as I finish the hoof supplement I am using I will be ordering your Omega Grande Supplement to use with her grass hay. She is my favorite trail horse during the week and my show horse on weekends! I will attach a picture of her and me.
Thanks again for creating such a great product!
There is a new treat in my treat can – Omega Nibblers! They have become a fast favorite of my two horses!- D. Ahner, SC
I have to tell you, my horse loves these Omega Nibblers®. I like them because they are light weight and easy to pack in my saddle bags! She gets them when we put in a good hard ride, after she drinks lots of water. I am saving these for my riding because they don't take up a lot of space and baggies of grain just don't travel well in a saddle bag. My horses get a daily ration of grain, pasture, Omega Horseshine® and vitamins and grass/alfalfa mix hay. I like the Omega Nibblers® because I know that I won't be "over doing it” with the diet that they are already on. I use the Omega Nibblers® as a "horse pick me up" after four solid hours in the saddle, with four hours left to go....- Rochelle Gribler, AZ
I breed, raise, and train miniatures horses and have a fair amount of minis to feed. My little guys really enjoy your Omega Nibblers horse treats, I feel good about using them as they are a healthy alternative to "sweet treats". (My mini Dachshunds love them as well!)- Rosie Curtis, Lucky Rose Ranch Miniature Horses, WI
Here are some pics of Goldie with his new bag of Omega Nibblers.....however, before I could open the bag and take some photos with him eating them, he took matters into his own hands (or mouth - in his case- Melissa Elkin, OH
I wanted to send a quick note about my paint horse, Toby. He is a very picky eater and I have a hard time getting him to eat supplements. He will eat his grain and leave the supplements sitting at the bottom of his dish. I ordered Nibblers after reading that they can be used as a supplement just like Omega Horseshine. He gobbled them up as fast as I could feed them to him!! I have used Horseshine for 4 years now for my other 5 horses, but I feel great now that I know Toby is getting his Horseshine in the form of Nibblers. His coat is soft and shiny, and his hooves are strong. Thanks for a great product!!- Kim Ret, OH
Benefits of Omega-3 rich stabilized ground flax for horses at the basic cellular level -- and their utilization by the body:
Omega-3 essential fatty acids are necessary for cell membrane integrity. Cell membrane integrity can be compromised by excess acidity at the cellular levels and by too high levels of pro-inflammatory fatty acids like Omega-6 -- which the animal takes in from feeds and grains, and trans fats and animal fat products which may be present in senior feeds, et.
If those cell membranes become deformed, they cannot facilitate the elimination of metabolic wastes nor can they allow entry to the cell of nutrients. The cell membrane also is important in healthy energy production … the electrolytes of magnesium and potassium inside the cell interact across the cell membrane with the electrolytes sodium and calcium in the fluid outside the cell to produce electrical energy. If the membrane is damaged from a deficiency of Omega-3, calcium and sodium rush into the cell and shut down the life forces of that cell.
The stabilized ground flax seed used in Omega Fields' products is very high in Omega-3 essential fatty acids. Flax seed is the richest source of Omega-3 in the plant world -- 4 parts of Omega-3 to 1 part of Omega-6 (4:1 ratio) -- the same ratio as the fat found in fresh natural grasses (forage). This makes it ideal because it is heavily tipped in favor of the Omega-3s your horse's diet is missing -- which also provide "benefits" of beautiful bloom, soft smooth skin, strong solid hoof growth, prevention of inflammatory problems from bug bites/allergies, and relief from arthritic pain.
The stabilized ground flaxseed in Omega Horseshine and Omega Nibblers also acts as a digestive aid to buffer excess acid and aids in the stabilization and modulation of blood glucose. Therefore, it can help a thin horse keep on weight -- by helping the horse absorb more nutritional value from its dietary intake. Omega-3 fatty acids also do not normally get stored as fat so they will not put excess weight on an easy keeper.
When the body has proper functional nutrition, in the right balance -- the level of cell membrane integrity improves -- thus improving the level of optimal health.
Please keep in mind that these are only our feeding suggestions or recommendations. We believe it is always advisable to check with your equine nutritionist or your veterinarian concerning dietary changes you are considering for your horses.
Although we have not had them tested by Dairy One, we know they would test high in NSC (non structural carbohydrates) for starch and sugar because of the oats, rice bran, and molasses in the recipe. Omega Nibblers are not recommended for IR or Cushings horses as the NSC amount would be over the recommendation of 10% or less.
We are very pleased, however, that our supplement Omega Horseshine's stabilized ground flax seed has a low NSC value (4.4%) and, as such, has been recommended as a safe source of essential Omega-3 for IR/Cushings horses. As a suggestion for a very basic treat -- I have a customer who told me he mixes the 1/2 cup Omega Horseshine® with just enough water to have it stick together and hand feeds it to his horse -- and his horse thinks it is a big old treat! I've shared his comment with many of our customers who've told me they've tried it and their horses liked it too.
Ingredients include: stabilized ground flaxseed (at 50% of the formula!), ground grain sorghum seed, hulled barley, rolled oats, black strap molasses, Diamond V Yeast as a probiotic, salt, mixed tocopherols as a natural preservative, zinc sulfate, and vitamin B-6.
One of the most noted responses of yeast culture inclusion in horse diets is the positive impact on hindgut fermentation of fiber (cellulose and hemicellulose conversion to volatile fatty acids) which leads to better forage utilization and more energy production. Diets containing a performance-proven yeast culture are digested more completely, which positively affects the efficiency of forage utilization and horse performance. Yeast cultures have also improved nitrogen digestibility (better protein usage from forage) and digestibility of some minerals. The use of yeast culture has also been shown to influence the level of plasma lactic acid in exercising horses. Lower levels of plasma lactic acid were produced in exercising horses fed yeast culture compared to control (no yeast culture) horses. Horses with lower lactic acid levels are capable of working longer and recovering quicker and have less risk of typing-up. We’ve selected the most effective yeast culture we could find on the market -- Diamond V Yeast XP -- for our Omega Nibblers® formula.
The Diamond V Process™ used to manufacture yeast culture creates nutritional metabolites. A true yeast culture is an all-natural product derived from culturing Saccharomyces cerevisiae (yeast). During the culturing process, yeast produce nutritional metabolites which are products of yeast metabolic processes. These nutritional metabolites increase the fermenting activity of hindgut bacteria, enabling them to more completely break down the feed, providing the horse with additional nutrients for absorption. Digestion studies have shown Diamond V Yeast Culture increases fiber digestibility in the horse. Therefore, nutrients in hay and feed are more available for use by the horse. By increasing the digestibility of fibrous feedstuffs, more energy is made available for growth, maintenance, or other activities.
A study conducted by Glade and Campbell-Taylor (1990) showed that Diamond V Yeast Culture supplemented horses had heart rates of 99 beats per minute versus 120 beats per minute for control horses after 35 minutes of exercise. In addition to heart rate, when looking at the equine athlete, one of the other key factors is lactic acid build-up in the muscles. This build-up causes our horses the pain and soreness that sometimes require a long recovery period, depending on the exercise levels. In any event, it is beneficial to reduce this lactic acid build-up and improve recovery time. Diamond V Yeast Culture was shown in a study by Glade and Campbell-Taylor (1990) to effect lactic acid accumulation in the blood.
All horses can benefit from yeast culture supplementation. The level of response is dependent on forage quality and class of horse. Young horses, working horses, and broodmares in late gestation and early lactation particularly benefit from yeast culture supplementation. Yeast culture supplementation may also be beneficial to older horses, since they cannot digest protein, phosphorus, and fiber as efficiently as younger horses. Yeast culture seems to be especially valuable when forage quality is less than optimum, regardless of the class of horse being fed. Injured horses and horses recovering from illness also benefit from supplementation.
Why is supplementing with Omega-3 essential fatty acids (Omega Nibblers® and/or Omega Horseshine® are both rich sources of Omega-3) important to cellular health to help prevent/alleviate problems with laminitis? The membrane, or outer coating, of every one of the billions of cells in the body are unusually rich in Omega-3 fatty acids. In fact Omega-3 fatty acids are the structural fat that makes up this membrane and play a vital role in how cells function. To understand how Omega Nibblers and/or Omega Horseshine (as a rich source of stabilized Omega-3 essential fatty acids) helps improve a horse's quality of life, let’s take a look at how cells behave when they are aging and/or damaged by trauma such as disease (ie – laminitis/navicular/founder), injury, surgery, or over-training. When a cell is irritated or damaged, or when it begins to age, its membranes break down. As a result, compounds contained within the cell walls are released into the cell matrix. Some of these substances, such as histamine, give rise to inflammation and associated pain.
Inflammation is characterized by redness, swelling, heat and moderate to intense discomfort. Your horse may experience any or all of these symptoms. This can prevent the horse from moving properly, leading to stiffness and loss of function. Researchers have found that the “diseases of aging” in horses such as laminitis, navicular, founder, and arthritis have similar underlying factors: a decrease in cell stability leading to membrane damage and subsequent release of compounds that promote damage, spasm and inflammation.
The Omega-3 essential fatty acids in Omega Nibblers and/or Omega Horseshine work by stabilizing the membranes of the cells, promoting healing of existing damage and helping to prevent further damage. On a practical level, this means quality of life is improved, and you will see your horse experiencing the freedom to move.
Also, horses with weak/poor hoof conformation are more apt to suffer with laminitis. Poor hoof growth may be a sign of Omega-3 deficiency. Omega Nibblers and/or Omega Horseshine provide highest levels of Omega-3 – both are an excellent choice for helping create healthy strong thick-walled hoof growth without cracks. Strong thick-walled hooves will be a most effective preventative for the problems of navicular.
Based on our customers' comments on the results they've seen (over these past 25 years) -- they were able to cut way back on or discontinue additional hoof supplements altogether – because of the high percentage of Omega-3 in Omega Nibblers and/or Omega Horseshine.
Omega Horseshine is actually recommended as an effective Omega-3 supplement for Cushings and IR horses because of its low 4.4% Non Structural Carbohydrate (NSC) value. Please see more information below.
Many equine natural-nutrition experts recommend horses should eat fats in amounts and types that mimic their ancestral diet. The natural equine diet of fresh grasses is extremely low in fat, with the naturally occurring fat predominantly Omega-3 Essential Fatty Acid. The Omega-3 and Omega-6 essential fatty acid levels in fresh grasses are at 3:1 (Omega-3 to Omega-6). Ground flax seed has Omega-3 and Omega-6 levels that are the closest to fresh grasses. The Omega-3 and Omega-6 levels in flax seed run at least 3:1, often even higher.
Omega Horseshine contains 30% crude fat and has a 39% carbohydrate level with a very low NSC level of 4.4% (Starch .6% and Sugar 3.8%). It is one of the safest and most natural ways to supplement the healthy Omega-3 fat in animals -- which provides side "benefits" of beautiful bloom, soft smooth skin, strong solid hoof growth, prevention of inflammatory problems from bug bites/allergies, relief from arthritic pain. and sufficient Omega-3 for pregnant mares.
The Omega Nibblers’ formula does contain black strap molasses (although the inclusion level is less than 5%!) – so they do have a higher level of NSC than Omega Horseshine …. but .. that is really only a concern if your horse is metabolically challenged.
Please keep in mind that these are only our suggestions or recommendations. We believe it is always advisable to check with your equine nutritionist or your veterinarian concerning dietary changes you are considering or health questions you have concerning your horses.