5 Common Misconceptions About Omega-3 Fatty Acids for Animals

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In the world of animal nutrition, Omega-3 fatty acids have gained quite the reputation for their health benefits. From horses to dogs and even chickens, these essential nutrients play a crucial role in maintaining overall well-being. However, with information floating around, misconceptions can easily take root. Today, we’re here to debunk some of the most common misconceptions about Omega-3 fatty acids for animals and shed light on their true importance.

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Discovering the Secret to Keeping Boomer’s Coat Dark and Shiny

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For 17 years, Boomer has been a treasured companion, and his stunning black coat has always been a point of pride for his owner, Jenn. However, maintaining that deep, rich color for barrel photos proved to be a constant struggle. After trying numerous tricks and products with varying degrees of success, the owner was on the hunt for a solution that would not only darken Boomer’s coat but also provide additional benefits. It wasn’t until they discovered Omega Horseshine that their quest for a vibrant coat finally ended in success.

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Omega Horseshine Flax Supplement Helps Cushings Horse

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Russelle and their family share a long-standing connection with Cisco, a beloved member of their household. Cisco, a 22-year-old Quarter Horse registered as One Skippin Bandit, holds a significant place in their hearts. The journey with Cisco began in November 2005 when Russelle purchased him for their oldest daughter, Ashlee, who was 9 years old at the time. From there, a beautiful bond grew between Ashlee and Cisco, marked by milestones and memorable moments. As Ashlee became an excellent rider under Cisco’s guidance, they dabbled in western riding before switching to hunt seat and ending their showing career with jumping. Cisco’s journey continued with Russelle’s second daughter, Ciara, taking over the reins and caring for him while Ashlee pursued her college education.

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Omega Horseshine Flax Supplement Helps Sarcoid

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Sarcoids are the most common tumors seen on our equine companions. While they are non-malignant, they do grow and often will spread and multiply locally. Depending on location, these can interfere with tack and vary in level of irritation. We’re going to share the journey that a user of Omega Horseshine went through with her horse, which concludes with the elimination of a nasty sarcoid with only a change in nutrition.

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The Importance of Omega-3s for Horse Health

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Omega-3 fatty acids are essential nutrients for horses that play a crucial role in maintaining their overall health and wellbeing. As herbivores, horses rely on forage to provide them with the necessary omega-3s, which are found mainly in grasses and other plants. Unfortunately, many modern horse diets are low in omega-3s due to the use of processed feeds and lack of access to fresh pasture. Let’s explore why omega-3s are important for horses and how you can ensure your horse is getting enough of these essential nutrients.

The Benefits of Omega-3s for Horses

Omega-3 supplementation in horses can offer a variety of benefits to their overall health and wellbeing. One of the primary advantages is its ability to reduce inflammation, which is particularly beneficial for horses with conditions such as arthritis or joint pain. Omega-3 fatty acids can also support healthy skin and coat, reduce the risk of colic and ulcers, and improve reproductive health. Additionally, studies have suggested that omega-3 supplementation may enhance athletic performance by improving muscle function and reducing muscle damage. Overall, incorporating omega-3 supplements into a horse’s diet can have a positive impact on their health and may lead to improved performance and longevity.

In addition, omega-3s are important for pregnant and nursing mares, as they can help support fetal development and milk production. Foals also benefit from omega-3s, as they are essential for proper brain and eye development. Omega-3 has been shown to improve memory and learning in foals.

Symptoms of an Omega-3 Deficient Horse

When a horse is deficient in omega-3s, they may experience a range of health issues. For instance, they may have poor coat and skin health, as well as reduced immune function and increased inflammation. Additionally, horses may experience joint problems, as omega-3s play a role in maintaining joint health and mobility. Horses that are deficient in omega-3s may also have difficulty reproducing, and may be more susceptible to developing ulcers and other digestive issues. Overall, omega-3s play a crucial role in maintaining the health and wellbeing of horses, and a deficiency can have negative consequences on a horse’s health and performance.

How to Ensure Your Horse is Getting Enough Omega-3s

The best way to ensure your horse is getting enough omega-3s is to provide them with a balanced diet that includes plenty of fresh pasture or hay. However, if your horse does not have access to fresh pasture or if their diet is lacking in omega-3s, you may want to consider adding a supplement such as Omega Horseshine® to their feed.

Omega Horseshine® is a natural, flax-based supplement made from stabilized flaxseed, which is a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids. It can be easily added to your horse’s feed and is safe for horses of all ages and breeds. Omega Fields provides the best stabilized ground flax that is stabilized using Pure Glean stabilizing technology, guaranteed shelf stable for a MINIMUM of one year (many have an 18 month shelf life) under ambient storage conditions – no refrigeration or special packaging required!

Omega-3 fatty acids are essential for maintaining the health and wellbeing of horses. By ensuring your horse is getting enough omega-3s in their diet, you can help reduce the risk of inflammatory conditions and support overall health. If your horse’s diet is lacking in omega-3s, consider adding a natural supplement such as Omega Horseshine to help ensure they are getting the nutrients they need to thrive.

Heart Horse Stories: Part 2

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Of all the horses we’ve had the privilege to ride, there are always a select few who capture our hearts in a way that’s hard to explain. These “heart horses” are more than just animals we ride – they’re our partners, our friends, and our confidants. They’re the ones who teach us the most about ourselves, who push us to be better riders and better people.

In this blog post, we’re excited to share the stories of several of our customers and their heart horses. From the bond between a young rider and green horse, to the partnership between a seasoned equestrian and her homebred mare, each of these stories highlights the unique and special connection we share with our horses. We hope these stories inspire you to reflect on your own heart horses and the ways they’ve impacted your life. If you missed Part 1, you can take a look at that here!

This is my love, 27 year old paso fino Don Diego. He’s been with me for 24 years. He is retired now but was a hot horse that needed an advanced rider which I was not. Even though many people told me to sell him, I couldn’t because I loved him and so I learned how to really ride. This boy taught me so much and I am proud to say that he is living a great retirement at home with me. I’m grateful every morning when I hear his nickers.

– Amy Nelson

This is Johnny Cash. He is an amazing Quarter horse who loves his Horse Shine Complete and any cookies he can get! I’ve had him for seven years and he is my heart horse. He loves attention and I love to give him attention.

-Sharon Burt

My heart horse is an amazing baby. She will be a young 6 in July. She is one one of my homebreds that I bred for my 63 year old self. I have had my hands on her since the day she was born. She has a little spice, but she is so special in every way. She is our sentry on the property. She loves to work with me even showing me she wants to do liberty dancing with me. She protects me from other animals (which can be a bit of a problem at home … LOL LOL). She trusts me and works hard for me even as a green baby (less than 2 years of riding her, and we event). She is a MAJOR horse of a lifetime. I love this horse like no other. She is an eye catcher when I go places with her, and she does love people. Her curiosity and intelligence just glows. Other horses with more miles under their belt fall right in behind her. She has taught horses with more experience to go through water and more. And BTW … she LOVES her stabilized ground flaxseed she gets from Omega Fields!!!!

– Fran-os RD

Mickey came to me 23 years ago. She was lame in both hocks and 200 pounds under weight. She had no name and no papers but she is no doubt 100% Foundation Quarter Horse. It was very obvious she had been abused and didn’t trust people. Soon after becoming a part of my life she was diagnosed with EPM. Round number two of saving her life. All the while she was helping me through a divorce and bankruptcy. We were meant to be life partners. She knows me better than I know myself sometimes. As I also know every thought she has. We’ve logged many miles together. Rode in many parades. Ran many barrel patterns. Her blaze looks exactly like The Cat in the Hat! She’s my life. She’s my heart. She will be 31 this year. And still the boss of the herd. I named her Mickey and had no idea when I did that Mickey was my deceased mom’s nickname in high school. Yep, she is my heart.

-Focus Art on FB

This was taken the summer before I had to put her down, she was 33 in this picture and I got her when she was 5 and I was 16. We had a lot of fun adventures; trail riding, speed events, cattle….you name it and she was willing to try it! She wasn’t registered or fancy broke but that didn’t stop us from having all the fun! Unfortunately the affects of EPM finally got to her and I couldn’t watch her slowly deteriorate. There will never be another one like her!

– Tiffany Dowdy Bell

Heart Treats for Your Heart Horse

Show your love with our heart shaped treats! Made from the same top quality flax that you’ll find in Omega Horseshine, Omega Nibblers can be fed as a treat or as an alternative to Horseshine. Flax is packed with omega-3s, which are essential nutrients for your horse. Our products are designed to support the health and well-being of your animals, using only the best ingredients to ensure they get the nutrients they need.

Heart Horse Stories: Part 1

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A heart horse is a term used in the horse world to describe a special bond between a horse and their owner or rider. It is a connection that goes beyond just a working relationship or a mere pet, but rather a deep emotional connection that is hard to describe.

A heart horse is a horse that you feel a deep and intuitive connection with. It’s a horse that you can trust and rely on, and one that seems to understand you just as much as you understand them. This bond can develop over time through shared experiences, such as trail rides, shows, and training sessions.

While every horse and rider partnership is unique, there are some common characteristics of a heart horse:

  1. Intuitive Connection: A heart horse seems to understand their rider on a deeper level, and the rider can feel this connection. They communicate with each other through body language, energy, and intuition.
  2. Mutual Trust: A heart horse and their rider have a deep trust in each other. The rider trusts their horse to keep them safe and take care of them, while the horse trusts their rider to guide them and provide for their needs.
  3. Emotional Attachment: A heart horse is more than just a pet or a working animal. They become a cherished companion and a beloved member of the family.
  4. Shared Experiences: A heart horse and their rider share special experiences and memories that strengthen their bond. These experiences can include everything from trail rides and shows to training sessions and quiet moments in the barn.
  5. Unconditional Love: A heart horse loves their rider unconditionally, and the rider feels the same way. This love goes beyond just the physical and extends to an emotional and spiritual level.

A heart horse is a special animal that holds a special place in the heart of their rider. It’s a bond that can’t be explained but is felt deeply by both horse and rider. If you’re lucky enough to have a heart horse, cherish them and the bond that you share. They truly are a rare and special gift.

We asked to hear about your heart horses, and will be sharing some of your stories!

My heart horse was 21 and I had her from the time we were both 6. She was special to me because she had 6 owners in 6 years, but once there was trust, there isn’t anything she wouldn’t do for me, especially at shows. She did reining, western, English, barrel racing, jumping (up to 4’11) and did well. Although we are separated, for now, due to her death, I’ve been able to provide my daughter with her heart horse and I just hope she gets to experience the love, trust, and respect that I had with mine.

– Shawna Hamilton

My heart horse is 19 years old I bought him at Auction when he was 9 months old, he’s always been easy to handle, easy to train, was born broke to saddle, and he’s funny and quite entertaining his name is Blue Eyed Tradition.

– Debbie Holden Hanson

My heart horse is Ashes. I bought her as a green 5 year old even though I’d never trained a horse! Luckily she’s forgiven all of my flubs and is coming along as a beautiful dressage horse now. What makes her special is her sassy personality. She’s such a sweetheart on the ground, like a Labrador retriever. She has lots of opinions under saddle but isn’t that more fun than riding a horse with no personality? And she tries so hard once she understands what you want.

– Caroline Simson

Before The Storm is a coming 12 year old Morgan gelding. He literally flew out of his dam and landed in my lap. Storm is beautiful, smart, opinionated and sometimes exasperating but he still takes my breath away. Tagging a friend, I have to say a bit about her. Jacklyn Ault lost her right arm in an industrial accident but she is the most inspiring human I know. She still rides and has her horse Pancho.

-Jerri L. Bartlett

I prefer to call my Mighty Mitch my “Soul Pony” rather than my heart horse , but he is definitely my sun and stars and means the entire world to me. We’re celebrating our 15th year together on February 12th. He’s my very special boy and all the more special because we almost share a birthday (his is the day before mine, but he’s younger than I am ). He’ll be 24 in March and still loves to go out and strut his stuff on the trail. He has been my constant in life and although it wasn’t his fault that I fell out of the driving cart and broke my leg, he was the driving (pun intended) force that got me back into school so I could get my bachelor’s degree. I can’t imagine life without my golden boy and look forward to many years with him.

– Leiana Furlong

My heart horse is Printed Sunrise (sunshine), and she is 24. She was given to me as a 2 year old from my family and has been my best friend from day one. She was gentle enough that she let me, 11 years old at the time, start her under saddle with minimal falls. Now she is the sweetest girl to my kids and sassy as ever with me. We have been on many adventures together from the middle of nowhere forests to the coast. She was always a trail breaker when she needed to be. Truely my unicorn.

– Brittany Reinhart

We will share more of these heart-warming stories next time!

Heart Treats for Your Heart Horse

Show your love with our heart shaped treats! Made from the same top quality flax that you’ll find in Omega HorseshineOmega Nibblers can be fed as a treat or as an alternative to Horseshine. Flax is packed with omega-3s, which are essential nutrients for your horse.

Available in low sugar & starch flavors with no added molasses or sugars! 

Top Quality Flax at a Fair Price

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At Omega Fields, we take pride in providing a quality product at a fair price to thousands of animal owners all across the country. Our products are made from flaxseed – known for thousands of years as a true super-food, which we now attribute to their high concentration of omega-3 fatty acids. An important nutrient for humans, horses, dogs, and chickens, omega-3s are widely recognized as beneficial for healthy skin and joints. All flaxseed used in Omega Fields’ products is milled to Global Food Safety Initiative standards for human consumption, employing a rigorous microbial reduction process and utilizing our Pure Glean stabilization technique for long shelf life.

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Benefits of Supplementing Horses with Vitamin E

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Vitamin E serves as a powerful antioxidant to maintain many normal body functions of the horse. The vitamin is important to many areas of the horse’s body, including the eyes, neuromuscular system and reproductive tract. Of course, there are likely many other ways that it serves the body that haven’t yet been determined! Do you know if your horse is consuming enough vitamin E?

Where Horses Get Vitamin E

Horses consume adequate amounts of vitamin E in their diet so long as they have access to fresh green grass a majority of the year. Grass is a great source of vitamin E (and omega-3’s, too!) when grazed on, but levels quickly decrease after cutting. This means that hay, especially when stored for longer periods of time, can be a poor source of vitamin E for the horse.


How Necessary is Vitamin E?

Horses do not necessarily require vitamin E on a daily basis, all year long. Horses store vitamin E in the liver, and can draw upon those stores for the months where they face inadequate resources, such as during winter. Some say an adult horse with previous dietary intake of adequate amounts of vitamin E can go approximately 18 months without consuming any of the vitamin before problems become noticeable. Note that this does not look at when deficiency symptoms may be unnoticeable! 

Of course, there are many horses that are not so lucky as to always have access to green grass even for part of the year. Whether or not a horse shows clinical signs related to a vitamin E deficiency relates to a variety of things. Factors that can lead to signs of deficiency include the age when the deficiency developed, how long the horse was deficient, genetics, and other components of the diet.

How Much the Horse Needs

The National Research Council recommends horses consume 1-2 IU of vitamin E per kilogram of body weight per day, which is around 1,000-2,000 IU per day for a 1,100 pound horse. A proper diagnosis of a vitamin E-related problem is made with a combination of vitamin E access, clinical signs, muscle biopsy results, as well as eliminating other diseases with similar signs. A normal vitamin E level for a horse is considered to be greater than 2 μg/ml.

Older horses have an increased need for antioxidants such as vitamin E. A study with predominantly older horses found that the bacterial killing capacity of monocytes and neutrophils (types of white blood cells) increased in the vitamin E-supplemented horses, but more research is needed in this area!

When to Add Vitamin E to Your Horse’s Diet

Unless your horse has access to fresh green pasture a majority of the year, incorporating a vitamin E supplement in their daily diet is a great way to ensure your horse does not develop a deficiency. According to UC Davis, alpha-tocopherol is the most biologically available and well researched isoform of vitamin E. Be careful where you source your vitamin E however, as there is a big difference between natural and synthetic.

If your horse has already developed a serious deficiency in vitamin E, you will want to consult with your veterinarian about adding a water dispersible form while also testing serum levels periodically. These are the most effective, but also the most expensive. Natural-source, powdered alpha-tocopheryl acetate requires over a month to increase levels to the normal range for the deficient horse. Adding a healthy amount of vitamin E to your horse’s diet proactively is the easiest way to combat deficiencies.

Safely Supplementing

The National Research Council has set the upper safe diet concentration at 20 IU/kg of body weight, which is about 10,000 IU per day for a 1100 lb horse. Above this level, blood clotting and impaired bone mineralization have been reported. As mentioned previously, the low end of their recommendation is 1,000-2,000 IU per day for a 1,100 pound horse. Horses will receive some vitamin E from hay and any grazing they are able to do in addition to supplementation.

Omega grandE is a natural source supplement that provides 1,500 IU of Vitamin E per serving. Intended as a daily supplement and designed to keep your horse within the safe limits, it has a base of ground flaxseed and plain dried beet pulp which make the D-alpha-tocopheryl acetate highly palatable to horses. Feeding Omega grandE daily can fill the gap in vitamin E intake for horses without grass pasture, or your older equines who need some extra care.

Surprising Benefits of Omega Horseshine Supplement

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Omega 3 fatty acids have become a buzzword in the health and nutrition industry for many years now, crossing over into the horse industry with the same vigor. Feeding flax as a source of Omega 3’s to horses has been a known solution for improving skin & coat, but the quality and processing of that flax results in a wide range of results. Fortunately, Omega Horseshine® has been providing a reliable source of high quality flax for horses for over 30 years, with consistent results that continue to surprise horse owners every day. 

Omega 3 Basics: Skin & Coat

Problems with sweet itch, dull coat, dry itchy skin, poor hoof growth, cracking/splitting hooves, allergies, etc. may be attributed to an Omega-3 deficiency in the horse’s body. The stabilized ground flax used in Omega Horseshine® is very high in Omega-3 essential fatty acids, as flax is the richest source of Omega-3 in the plant world.

Over 25 years ago, our company developed what is now proprietary stabilization technology to provides a stable, fortified flaxseed composition as a rich safe source of Omega-3 in the diet. Our stabilization process is all natural, nothing is added, no chemicals used, the ground flax is kosher certified. Here are a few testimonials from customers over the years!

The most surprising result of feeding Ricci the flaxseed supplement was his coat. Just three weeks after incorporating it into his diet, he was body clipped. Being a black bay, he was normally a mousy brown after body clipping. Instead, this time, he presented a deep brown with black highlights and an amazingly shiny coat after I had removed his thick winter fur.

Both my trainer and I were impressed by the health of Ricci’s skin and coat. The transformation continued into the spring and summer months when he developed dapples for the first time ever. Despite eating a smaller amount of grain, he was still able to maintain his body condition and build a stronger topline with increased work over the summer months. Ricci also stayed dark and shiny, even when he was turned out in the sun; in previous years, he sunbleached quickly regardless of wearing a UV-protective flysheet.”

– Jennifer Roberts-Keating from The Cheshire Horse

Cheshire Horse

“I’ve had my mare Remington on Omega Horseshine since I adopted her a year & a half ago. I have tried other supplements with past horses, and nothing even comes close to what you guys offer. I am constantly blown away with how shiny & healthy her coat is, and how strong her hooves are.”

– Chelsie

“All my horse’s are on your product and are thriving because of it, thank you for developing such a good product. I have convinced many friends and all my clients have put their horses on it… I have been using Omega Horseshine for over 10 years and will never take my horses off of it. Thank you for this wonderful product.”

– Donna Wilke, of WilkeEquestrian

Omega Horseshine for Performance

Omega 3 is necessary for cell membrane integrity. Cell membrane integrity can be compromised by excess acidity at the cell levels and by too high levels of inflammatory fatty acids like Omega-6 from feeds and grains, and trans fats from senior feeds, and animal fat products. Inflammation is a common cause of pain and discomfort in all living things, especially for the joints of our hard working equine partners. Omega-3 is considered a powerful anti-inflammatory — so joint pain can be alleviated by supplementing with Omega Horseshine®. We hear so many stories about horses improving in areas of performance, whether due to a reduction in pain caused by inflammation or other benefit. 

“We have had our Stallion, DTs Dual Turbo Cat on the Horseshine since a yearling. Turbo as we call him is a 5 yr old Sorrel stallion, out of a High Brow Cat Stud By a Smart Little Lena mare. With in his 1st year of running (as a 4 year old). Turbo qualified in just 2 runs for the IBRA (International Barrel Racing Association) Nationals Finals in Murfreesboro TN September 2018. He is currently on track to qualify for NBHA (National Barrel Horse Association) Worlds for 2019!

One of the best things we love about Horseshine is the fact the horses will lick it up right out of your hand! Never have had a picky eater turn their nose up!”

– Trisha Dommer, DT Performance Horses

“My show mare, Smart Lena Playboy (barn name Jackie Lovey), injured herself when she was 18 months old which resulted in minor arthritis in her shoulders. When I started to supplement her grain with Horseshine, within a week, I began to notice her movement was more fluid and her performance showed marked improvement.”

– Pamela Barker

“I had a horse w/ chronic inflammation in her back leg and front knee. Anything I tried didn’t work… Magnetic boots, DMSO, linaments, supps and then I took her off all the supps and added 4oz of Horseshine to her morning grain product and w/in 3 months the inflammation was gone!!! I could not be happier w/this product…”

– LiLaBeth

“All horses are athletes in their own discipline. The soreness happens so often that it is always the first thing I look for when a horse is not performing as well as they should, whether its my own horse or a client’s. Keeping your horse in working shape along with the proper nutrition can help eliminate these nagging problems. I have noticed a big improvement in not only how my horses look but their overall athletic performance since I’ve been feeding Omega Fields Horseshine Complete.”

– John Samsill, read more >

Ground Flax to Prevent Sand Colic

The premium, stabilized, ground, fortified flax seed used in Omega Horseshine®, Omega Antioxidant and Omega Horseshine® COMPLETE contains a high mucilage (soluble fiber) content that swells and takes on a gel-like consistency, helping prevent sand colic and impaction. Flax mucilage traps and suspends sand, carrying it out. The flax also acts to buffer excess acid and aids in the stabilization and modulation of blood glucose. You can actually discontinue feeding psyllium if you supplement with Omega Horseshine® everyday!

“One of our horses, Shotgun, is a Welsh pony cross. He is in his mid to upper 20s. He was struggling a couple years ago with issues regarding sand in his gut. He had several mild colic episodes and the vet said that if we didn’t get it under control, we could lose him. So, I put him on Omega HorseShine and he never had any issues with sand again.”

– Becky VanDamme

“Being a military family, we move frequently and so does my horse. Transitioning from lush pastures in North Carolina to the sandy desert in Nevada I was able to rest easy knowing that he was on a consistent diet containing Omega Fields Omega Horseshine. I didn’t worry as much about the change in nutrients from pasture to hay nor the increase in chance of sand colic. He never skipped a beat and for the past three years while other horses at our boarding facility have colicked or needed additional sand clearing supplements he’s never had an issue. Horseshine has given me peace of mind knowing I’ve got a balanced Omega-3 supplement…”

– Danielle L. & Blue

“My horses will even eat Omega Horseshine alone without any feed mixed in, so it is definitely palatable. Believe it or not, sweet itch is no longer a problem, his feet look great, he keeps his weight on less feed, I don’t have to use any de-sanding products, and the uncontrollable proud flesh caused by an injury that happened in may 2007 on his left back heel is starting to shrink and I am able to debris it daily with out a topical. I started my 2 horses in September on 1 cup each, and it is the middle of October and I still have at least half a 20# bag left. Omega Horseshine lasts a long time. Thank you so much for making such a great product, with results beginning at 1 week. This is a product that every horse owner should at least try, but I can’t imagine anyone not being satisfied with the results.”

– Melissa J. Martin

Omega Horseshine®

Ready to get your horse on Omega Horseshine? Available in 4.5lb, 20lb, or 45lb bags. The powerful nutrients in Omega Horseshine® are locked in and guaranteed stable for 18 months with no signs of rancidity or loss of nutritional value. Still, it is always best if stored in a cool, dry place!

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