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  • How OHS and OG would be best replacement product for Platinum Performance

    We are often asked by consumers how our products compare to Platinum Performance and rather Omega Horseshine or Omega Grande would be the best replacement product. please find an overview of Omega Horseshine®, Omega GRANDE®, and Platinum Performance – along with our Bottom Line Recommendation.

    Detailed Description of Omega Horseshine®:

    Omega Horseshine contains the best premium, stabilized ground flax base enhanced with a small percentage of a blend of biotin, yeast (probiotic), oats (antioxidant), vitamins, and chelated minerals. Omega Horseshine is to be considered a powerful Omega-3 supplement (approx 28,000 mg Omega-3 per 1 cup serving!). It is not to be considered a vitamin, mineral, or biotin supplement by any means. The small amount of ingredients (other than stabilized flax) in the formula actually works to promote best absorption of nutrition when the flax is being metabolized. When proper nutrition is present for the horse's body, the horse is better able to assimilate and utilize the Omega-3 essential fatty acid oil in the flax seed much more efficiently. The naturally occurring shorter chained Omega-3s in flax --Alpha Linolenic Acid (ALA) -- can more effectively be converted by the body into the longer chained Omega-3s -- Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA) and Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA) -- when the proper nutritional support is present. The Omega Horseshine formula helps assure that the proper nutritional support is present. Thus, the horse has the full spectrum of Omega-3s available for optimum health. Omega-3 is a very powerful anti-inflammatory and can help alleviate joint pain, allowing more freedom of movement. Omega Horseshine can also be used as an alternative for psyllium to prevent sand colic. It is readily accepted by horses and is easy to serve.

    The outer coating, or membrane, of every one of the billions of cells in the horse's body is unusually rich in Omega-3 fatty acids. In fact, Omega-3 essential fatty acids are the main structural fat that makes up this membrane and plays such a vital role in how cells function. Omega-3 essential fatty acids are the first fats utilized by the body. Since they are the first fats utilized – they do not get stored as body fat. When the cell's membrane is healthy and working at its optimal level, it can let in all the good nutrition for the cell, as well as eliminate all the toxins which will be carried out of the cell and removed by the bowels. It is really quite simple: Healthy cells = Healthy body!

    Omega Horseshine contains 30% crude fat and has a 39% Carbohydrate level with a Non Structural Carbohydrate (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.

    Ingredients: Stabilized Ground Flax Seed, Yeast Culture (Diamond V Yeast), Ground Oats, Calcium Carbonate, Zinc Sulfate, Sodium Selenite, Copper Sulfate, Folic Acid, Niacinamide, Manganese Sulfate, Calcium Pantothenate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B-6), Biotin, Vitamin B-12 Supplement, Riboflavin and Thiamine.

    Detailed Description of Omega GRANDE®:
    Omega GRANDE – the COMPLETE equine supplement -- is formulated to provide the recommended daily essential vitamins and minerals (custom-formulated and blended mix) required for performance horses with the added benefits of stabilized, super anti-inflammatory Omega-3 fatty acids from ground flaxseed (approx 27,396 mg Omega-3 per 1-1/2 cup serving!), stabilized rice bran & ground grain sorghum seed (two super powerful plant-based antioxidants high in Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC) to help build a strong immune system), Diamond V® Yeast (effective probiotic as an aid for digestion), biotin, and a custom-formulated vitamin/mineral mix.
    Omega GRANDE is intended to be supplemented to working horses being fed grass hay. Omega GRANDE does not contain any corn or wheat. 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. Omega GRANDE eliminates the need for extra supplementation and can also be used as an alternative for psyllium to prevent sand colic. Omega GRANDE is readily accepted by horses and is easy to serve. Omega GRANDE does not contain any processed grain by-products, molasses or sugar.
    Ingredients:  Stabilized Ground Flaxseed, Stabilized Rice Bran, Ground Grain Sorghum, Diamond V Yeast, Calcium Carbonate, Vitamin E Supplement, Iron Polysaccharide Complex, Zinc Sulfate, Copper Polysaccharide Complex, Biotin, Sodium Selenite, Niacin Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Riboflavin Supplement, Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin D-3 Supplement, Calcium Iodate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B-6)
    Guaranteed Analysis:
    Crude Protein, % Min 16.0
    Arginine, % Min. 0.884
    Leucine, % Min. 0.772
    Isoleucine, % Min. 0.559
    Valine, % Min. 0.622
    Lysine, % Min. 0.423
    Phenylalanine, % Min. 0.490
    Threonine, % Min. 0.411
    Histidine, % Min. 0.234
    Methionine, % Min. 0.211
    Tryptophan, % Min. 0.155
    Crude Fat, % Min. 22.0
    Crude Fiber, % Max. 13.0
    Calcium, % Min. 1.8
    Calcium, % Max. 2.0
    Phosphorus, % Min. 1.0
    Magnesium, % Min. 0.43
    Potassium, % Min. 0.62
    Copper, ppm Min. 274.0
    Selenium, ppm Min. 4.2
    Zinc, ppm Min. 1,480.0
    Manganese, ppm, Min. 61.0
    Vitamin A, IU/lb. Min. 33,500
    Vitamin E, IU/lb. Min. 1,500
    Vitamin D, IU/lb. Min. 4,600
    Omega-3 Fatty Acids, % Min. 8.0
    Omega-6 Fatty Acids, % Min. 3.6
    Omega-9 Fatty Acids, % Min. 4.1
    Omega Essential Fatty Acid Content - Per 3 scoop serving (228 g):
    27,396 mg of Omega-3
    12,390 mg of Omega-6
    14,015 mg of Omega-9
    Selenium, Biotin and Kcal Content - Per 3 scoop serving (228 g):
    0.95 mg of Selenium
    5.0 mg of Biotin
    1053.0 Kcal
    The correct daily serving size is 3 scoops (1-1/2 cups) for a 1000-1200 lb. horse. Omega GRANDE is COMPLETE and is the only supplement your horse will need with either chopped up grass or hay. It is readily accepted by horses and is easy to serve. All the benefits of the stabilized ground flax and MORE! Omega GRANDE will provide the proper balance for your horses.
    Omega GRANDE is in a powdered form (we choose not to pelletize our products as there is a definite benefit for your horse in minimally-processed feeds that are closest to “whole foods”). The 15 lb bag is a 30 day supply for one horse.
    Please take a moment to scan over these multiple benefits horses would experience when supplementing with Omega GRANDE.
    Improve hoof strength and growth:
    Since poor hoof growth may be a sign of Omega-3 deficiency, and Omega GRANDE provides the highest levels of Omega-3 -- it is an excellent choice for helping create healthy strong thick-walled hoof growth without cracks. There is also 5.0 gr of Biotin per serving. Based on our customers' comments on the results they've seen -- they were able to cut way back on or discontinue any additional hoof supplements when supplementing with Omega GRANDE.
    Beautiful shiny coat and healthy skin:
    Problems with poor hair condition or dull dry coat/skin may be attributed to an Omega-3 deficiency in the horse's body. The stabilized ground flax used in Omega GRANDE is very high in Omega-3 essential fatty acids (flax is the richest source of Omega-3 in the plant world). This makes it ideal because it is heavily tipped in favor of the Omega-3s your horse's diet may be missing. Also the custom-blended mix of required daily vitamins and minerals helps assure that your horse is getting the correct balance for all-over body health -- from the inside out. One of the first visible signs when supplementing with Omega GRANDE will be a soft shiny coat.
    Alleviate inflammation associated with joint pain:
    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 GRANDE® (as a rich source of stabilized Omega-3 essential fatty acids and immune building plant and vitamin based antioxidants) 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 injury, surgery, over-training, allergic reactions, stress, or disease. 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 a horse's natural response to injury. Inflammation is characterized by redness, swelling, heat and moderate to intense discomfort. When a joint becomes inflamed, your horse may experience any or all of these symptoms. If this occurs in joint areas it can prevent the joint from moving properly, leading to stiffness and loss of function. Researchers have found that the “diseases of aging” or "damage by trauma" in horses 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 and antioxidants in Omega GRANDE® 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 freedom from pain. Many customers are able to cut way back on or discontinue glucosamine supplements altogether.
    Prevent muscle tying up:
    Omega GRANDE's base of stabilized ground flax seed helps maintain proper fluid and electrolyte balance in the small intestine that will lessen the incidence of tieing up and muscle cramping. The proper mineral and vitamin nutrition (in Omega GRANDE's custom blend) is important to help minimize oxidative stress and promote proper muscle function.
    Digestive stability:
    Studies have shown that Diamond V Yeast enhances digestibility and hindgut fermentation. The ground flaxseed in the Omega GRANDE also acts as a digestive aid.
    Effective alternative for psyllium to prevent sand colic:
    The stabilized ground flax in Omega GRANDE contains a high mucilage gum content (soluble fiber) that swells and takes on a gel-like consistency when it enters the digestive system -- trapping and suspending sand, carrying it out -- helping prevent impaction and sand colic. (Mucilage gum is a type of polysaccharide that becomes viscous when mixed with water or other fluids.) There is no need for adding psyllium when supplementing with any of our flax-based Omega Fields' products.
    There is a neat demonstration that can be performed that illustrates how effective the ground flax in Omega GRANDE is as a sand colic preventative. Mix Omega GRANDE with water and allow it to gel. Do the same thing with any product containing ground psyllium husks. The amount of "stickability" of each is very visible when you put a dipping or stirring stick into both the resulting mixtures. When you remove the stick you will be able to see how the material clings. When you remove the stick from the Omega GRANDE mixture, you will note the thicker "slime" or "goo" that coats the stick. This is the same slimy mucilage that forms when Omega GRANDE is fed to your horse and it is what suspends the sand, and carries it out of the horse's gut. When you remove the stick from the ground psyllium product mixture, you will note that the stick tends to "pop" free and there is less sticky "slime" or "goo".
    Detailed Description of Platinum Performance:

    According to their website, Platinum Performance is a comprehensive foundation formula for all horses.

    Note: We believe that Platinum Performance cannot be considered a mineral supplement beyond what is already present in the (some “high carb”!) ingredients. Major mineral levels are very low. Traces are also very low and in ratios that won't help a bit with most hays and may make common problems worse. The flax is a benefit, of course -- but you are getting that in Omega Horseshine (and it is stabilized -- and there is more of it per serving!).

    Ingredients: Flax Seed, Flax Oil, Rice Bran, Lactose Free Whey Protein Concentrate, Sunflower Seed, Soy Flour, Cane Molasses, Performance Minerals™ , Osteon™ (Natural Zeolite), Calcium Carbonate, Bio-Sponge® , dl-Alpha-Tocopheryl Acetate, d-Alpha-Tocopheryl Acetate, Mixed Tocopherols, Vitamin C (ascorbic acid), Glucosamine Sulfate, Chromium Yeast, Selenium Yeast, L-Carnitine Tartrate, Zinc Gluconate, Magnesium Citrate, Manganese Citrate, Copper Gluconate, Cobalt Chelate, L-Lysine, L-Glutamine, Vitamin A, Vitamin D3, Iodine Chelate, dl-Methionine, Choline Bitartrate, Niacin, Calcium Pantothenate, Riboflavin, Biotin, Aloe Vera Concentrate, Vitamin B12, Thiamine Mononitrate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Folic Acid.

    Note: Sugar (molasses) is added to Platinum Performance's formula; however, there are no added sweeteners in the Omega Horseshine and Omega GRANDE more natural formulas! Horses do not need added sugar to their diet!
    Omega Fields’ Bottom Line Recommendation:
    Either Omega Horseshine or Omega GRANDE  would be a wonderful and relevant replacement for Platinum Performance. It really depends on what consumers are looking for in a supplement. Please know that both products are dry and easily top-dressed over feed, very palatable, and would contribute great focus and mind for horses. Also, neither of the products would make horses “hot”! If a consumer is looking for a basic Omega-3 supplement, we would recommend Omega Horseshine. If you are looking for an Omega-3, Antioxidant, Complete Vitamin/Mineral, Probiotic supplement, we would recommend Omega GRANDE. As mentioned – it really depends on what their looking for in a supplement.

  • Ouch, My Stomach Hurts

    Written By Walt Friedrich

    Horses are grazers. We all know that. They would spend 24 hours out of every day, doing just that if they could. It’s quite natural, and the wild ones actually do that because their lifestyles allow it. Domestics – not so much.

    Oh, they would if they could, but only the lucky ones get to spend much time on pasture. A large percentage of domestics are routinely stalled overnight as well as part of the day, effectively removing them from graze for more than half of their lives!

    And that’s unfortunate for a number of reasons. Here’s a big one: ulcers.

    See, their Creator had a beautiful plan in mind when She designed them. Let them nibble all the time, always have something in their stomachs, always ready for anything climate and weather throws their way. Because of that constant eating-machine design, She caused digestive stomach acid to be secreted constantly, always available to deal with food. And because the horse was constantly grazing, She made saliva quite potent and copious, helping to mediate all that stomach acid. She even coated the bottom half of the stomach with a mucous lining to protect it from that acid.

    It’s a brilliant design; constant stomach acid available to handle constant intake of grass, and plenty saliva to help control that powerful acid. It’s so slick that as long as the horse lives as She intended – wild – there was little need for anything more.

    Ah, but then came domestication, and everything changed – that is, for those we put to work for us. Those endless miles of wild-growing grass are no longer available to them. Instead of grazing 24/7, they get to eat hay, not steadily, but rather in one or two large “feedings” per day, along with a pound or two of grain – and maybe some pasture grass grazing in between, if they’re lucky.

    So, what does that altered eating cycle do to their stomachs? Well, since it’s empty much of the time but the acid keeps coming, they get to feeling like you and I do, when we get an acid stomach – but they have to live with it, on  a regular basis. They don’t have Prilosec or even Tums to help with that burning. But it doesn’t stop there – that acid that’s continuously pumped into the stomach whose upper half has no protective “armor plating”, freely attacks that surface, eventually eating holes into it, creating a nasty situation that results in – gasp – ulcers! And not just in the stomach – that stomach acid passes down into the digestive tract, where it can cause even more ulcers to form.

    It’s been said that there are just two kinds of domestic horses – those with ulcers and those who haven’t developed them yet. And these sweet, magnificent beasts can’t even tell us, in a way that most of us understand, that it hurts. They do give us the signals, but few of us seem to recognize them for what they are, and the horse just goes through life with stomach pain.

    Here are some of the signals:
    Poor performance
    Attitude changes
    Poor coat
    Poor body condition
    Tucked-up appearance
    Poor appetite
    Colic

    And more: a normally calm horse might…
    Kick inside the trailer
    Pin ears when being mounted for riding
    Flinch, bite or kick when girth tightened
    Act up in general

    Thus far, we’ve described the most common cause of ulcer development – constantly allowing our horse’s stomach to cycle between empty and full. Now let’s examine another cause, one that is actually a complication of cause number one and is particularly frustrating – excessive administration of NSAIDS, especially Bute.

    Bute is the most effective and most common high potency analgesic we give to our horses. It’s almost as common in treating horses as aspirin is to you and me. And it certainly is effective – but the horse pays a price, and sometimes a very heavy one, because Bute is a double-barreled remedy. Its chemical composition causes it to suppress two important enzymes. Enzyme One is responsible for the secretion of the stomach coating that protects its lower half from the destructive effect of its own stomach acid. Enzyme Two is responsible for allowing pain to be felt anywhere in the body.

    To explain, let’s consider a hypothetical: our horse is laminitic. We want to eliminate the pain, and so we dose him with Bute. Bute suppresses Enzyme Two, reducing or eliminating the pain – a good thing. But Bute also suppresses Enzyme One, preventing the protective stomach layer from forming – a bad thing. Now our horse is more comfortable with his pain reduced, but he’s vulnerable to the development of stomach ulcers because the stomach wall is unprotected. An occasional one mg dose of Bute is unlikely to result in an ulcer. But one mg twice a day for an extended period – common practice for treatment of laminitis and founder, for example – greatly increases the potential for those dreaded ulcers to develop, and we’ve got us a Hobson’s Choice.

    However, there is help. A large number of pharmaceuticals are available to counteract the effects of an ulcer, even to prevent its development in the first place. These include GastroGard, UlcerGard, Ranitidine, Sucralfate, Ulc-Rid, Succeed, Nutrient Buffer, among others. These preparations are effective to varying degrees, and the one thing they have in common is that they are expensive.

    Fortunately, a lower-cost, highly effective, non-pharmaceutical option is also available: lecithin. Lecithin replaces that stomach-protecting layer, lost when Bute suppresses Enzyme One. Lecithin is chemically very similar to that layer, which means that by replacing what Bute destroys, it counters Bute’s negative effect. Studies have confirmed that not only does lecithin reduce stomach injury, in some cases it even eliminates existing ulceration. What’s particularly impressive, it provides this protection without modifying the effectiveness of Bute as a pain killer. And adding icing to the cake, lecithin is readily available and comparatively inexpensive!

    We’re getting a little complicated, so let’s take a moment and recap the major points:

    Stomach acid: for ourselves, we think of it only when it’s backing up into our esophagus and causing heartburn. But it is absolutely vital. It initiates digestion of ingested food. For the horse, it is also his defense against all those microbes that accompany every bite of grass. But it can burn holes in his unprotected stomach.

    Protective stomach coating: a secreted substance known as a phospholipid. It protects the stomach wall from its own digestive acid.

    Bute (et al): an analgesic, especially important to horses, with a side-effect that results in the loss of the stomach-protective coating, leaving the horse vulnerable to developing ulcers.

    Commercially available ulcer medication, mostly pharmaceutical: treats and sometimes cures and prevents ulcers; expensive.

    Lecithin: a naturally occurring substance abundantly found in animal and plant cell membranes. As with pharmaceutical products, lecithin can prevent development of ulcers, even eliminate them. Relatively inexpensive.

    Just what is lecithin and where do we get it? Lecithin is also a phospholipid, very similar to the natural stomach protective coating, capable of supporting or replacing it. Soy beans are the primary source for commercially prepared lecithin. It is extracted from soybean oil during processing, and undergoes further processing to make it easily edible and palatable.

    Lecithin granules are available on-line. Search around, you’ll find it as low as about $5 per pound. If you dose your horse with one cup per day, he’ll be getting about five ounces of lecithin granules; thus one pound will last about three days, costing about $1.65 per day. The compounded anti-ulcer medications mentioned earlier range between $5 and $50 per day.

    Domestication has resulted in a fundamental change in the horse’s natural eating habits to the extent that he is much more subject to the development of gastric and intestinal ulcers. But we can counter that very negative result in two major ways. Where feasible, we can structure his daily routine to ensure he’ll have something in his stomach almost constantly. Where we can’t make that change, we can provide him regularly with effective medications to help his system fight off the development of an ulcer, and do so at  reasonable cost. Either way, we’ll be making a happier, healthier horse – and that’s a nice benefit to us, as well.

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