Monthly Archives: February 2014

  • Omega Fields Presents Keys to Preventing Laminitis Article by Dr. Kris Hiney

    Newton, Wisconsin – Omega Fields’ Equine Nutrition Advisor, Kristina Hiney, Ph.D., has introduced a new article about key strategies in preventing laminitis in the equine. The article has been published in one of our Health E Letter issues, Omega Fields’ monthly, digital newsletter, and is also posted on their website, www.OmegaFields.com.

    In the article, Dr. Hiney draws on her extensive personal knowledge, experience with equine nutrition and physiology, and scientific studies to try to identify which individuals may be at risk, and other strategies that may be employed to reduce your horse’s risk.

    Dr. Hiney states, “While the outward appearance of your horse may give you an indication to whether they are susceptible to laminitis, there may be more to it than just which horses are overweight. There certainly appears to be a genetic link to laminitis.”

    If owners wish to try and avoid the development of insulin resistance, the diet the horse receives may be critical. There is evidence that diets which avoid high amounts of sugars and starches, and have a low glycemic response, resulting in less insulin release. For horses which still need a significant amount of calories, diets which are fat and fiber based and properly formulated, rather than those which provide a higher glucose or insulinemic response, may prevent the development of insulin resistance. Certainly just monitoring body condition in the horse may be the easiest way to avoid insulin resistance. Although, if you ask any horse owner if that is easy you may get a different response! In addition, horses which receive regular exercise seem to be fairly protected against laminitis. However, it is difficult to know whether the exercise regimen aids in increasing insulin sensitivity, or is simply protective against obesity.

    To read the complete laminitis article by Dr. Hiney that discusses the genetic role, obesity and insulin resistance, diet and lifestyle management, please visit our horse articles section on our website. <http://www.omegafields.com/blog/cat/articles-equine-articles/post/keys-to-preventing-laminitis/>

    Dr. Hiney has been working with Omega Fields since 2008 to expand our connection with our customers, giving them the nutrition and health information from scientific perspective they would like to know. Each month, Kris presents a feature article concerning horse health in Dr. Kris's Korner, her column in the Health-E-Letter. Click here to sign up for your free Health-E-Letter subscription delivered to your email address!

    About Omega Fields
    Omega Fields® is recognized as a minority-owned business. Its mission is to offer the finest quality, most nutritious products at fair prices, and to provide outstanding customer service. Omega Fields wants its customers to have exceptional experiences with their products, staff, websites and retailers.

    Omega Fields is the first manufacturer in the animal health industry to use human-grade, non-GMO stabilized ground flaxseed, rich in fiber and antioxidants, and containing the optimum ratio of the full spectrum of Omega 3, 6, and 9 Fatty Acids for equine, goat, canine, poultry and human nutrition. The innovative use of flaxseed milled with a unique stabilization technology ensures long shelf life and superior quality for Omega Fields’ products.

    For further information, contact Allison Kuhl, Omega Fields Director of Business Development at 920-550-4061, ext. 119; email [email protected]; or visit www.OmegaFields.com or www.FLAX.com

     

  • Omega Fields is proud to announce it will be a GOLD level benefactor for the ECIR No Laminitis Conference

    Newton, Wisconsin – Omega Fields, Inc. is proud to announce our continued support of the No Laminitis! Conference for 2013.  Presented by the ECIR Group, Inc., with Keynote Speaker Dr. Eleanor Kellon. To be held September 27 - 29, 2013 in Jacksonville, Oregon
    Dr. Kellon has used and recommends Omega Horseshine® for all IR and Cushing horses.

    Omega Fields’ goal is to promote and support optimal equine health through knowledge, instruction and practice.  Once considered a death sentence, Laminitis is often the first sign that leads to a diagnosis of Equine Cushing’s disease or Insulin Resistance.  This conference will provide new and emerging information to help recognize how laminitis can be prevented and treated with background, new and emerging information on equine insulin resistance and pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction (Cushing’s Disease) and including drug, nutritional management and hoof physiology and function.  Full conference information can be found at; www.nolaminitis.org/program.

    “On behalf of the hardworking conference organizers and non-profit officers and directors, we offer a special thanks to all of you for your support. Omega Fields in an important product used by many of our members.  In addition to the information and new research being discussed at this conference, it is also a major fundraiser for 2013.  Funds raised here will allow us to continue to expand our outreach to owners, vets, farriers, trimmers and others struggling to help the horses in their care.” Says Nancy Collins, ECIR Group, Inc. – Treasurer/Director.

    About Omega Fields
    Omega Fields® is recognized as a minority-owned business. Its mission is to offer the finest quality, most nutritious products at fair prices, and to provide outstanding customer service. Omega Fields wants its customers to have exceptional experiences with their products, staff, websites and retailers.

    Omega Fields is the first manufacturer in the animal health industry to use human-grade, non-GMO stabilized ground flaxseed, rich in fiber and antioxidants, and containing the optimum ratio of the full spectrum of Omega 3, 6, and 9 Fatty Acids for equine, goat, canine, poultry and human nutrition. The innovative use of flaxseed milled with a unique stabilization technology ensures long shelf life and superior quality for Omega Fields’ products.

    For further information, contact Allison Kuhl, Omega Fields Director of Business Development at 920-550-4061, ext. 119; email [email protected]; or visit www.OmegaFields.com or www.FLAX.com
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  • Omega Fields sponsors Illinois Quarter Horse Association Charity Trail Ride

    Newton, Wisconsin – Omega Fields, Inc. is proud to announce our support for the second year of the ILQHA Charity hosted by the ILQHA Recreational Riding Program.  To be held September 26- 29, 2013 in the Shawnee National Forest, at the New Hope Hill Campground.  Click here for more details; http://ilqha.com/recreational_riding.html

    “The Illinois Quarter Horse Association Recreational Riding Program has been hosting the trail ride for 7 years in a row now. This trail ride is not only for the enjoyment of the riders, but it also works to inform people and keep trails open and available for use by all horse lovers throughout the state of Illinois. Each year the committee also partners up with a local charity and gives at least 50% of the ride's proceeds to the charity. This year's charity is the Massac County Youth fair, which covers 13 counties in Southern Illinois.  Businesses like Omega Fields help us to raise money for these charities by donating items that can be auctioned off, raffled off, or bid on through silent auction. Without generous businesses like Omega Fields, our organization would not be able to support the local charities that we have for the past 7 years. The committee truly appreciates the donation of products from Omega Fields; they are great products, and the committee members often get into bidding wars over them!” stated Haley and Heidi A. Coop, 2013 ILQHA Trail Ride Directors.

    Omega Fields’ president, Sean Moriarty, stated “we are very glad to be a small part of the successful fund raising efforts of the ILQHA and are proud to be associated with such a great group doing even greater things to promote better horsemanship and the equine lifestyle”.

    About Omega Fields
    Omega Fields® is recognized as a minority-owned business. Its mission is to offer the finest quality, most nutritious products at fair prices, and to provide outstanding customer service. Omega Fields wants its customers to have exceptional experiences with their products, staff, websites and retailers.

    Omega Fields is the first manufacturer in the animal health industry to use human-grade, non-GMO stabilized ground flaxseed, rich in fiber and antioxidants, and containing the optimum ratio of the full spectrum of Omega 3, 6, and 9 Fatty Acids for equine, goat, canine, poultry and human nutrition. The innovative use of flaxseed milled with a unique stabilization technology ensures long shelf life and superior quality for Omega Fields’ products.

    For further information, contact Allison Kuhl, Omega Fields Director of Business Development at 920-550-4061, ext. 119; email [email protected]; or visit www.OmegaFields.com or www.FLAX.com

     

  • Omega Fields is Proud to annouce our Continued Relationship with Beverly Gray as Official Spokesperson

    Newton, Wisconsin – Omega Fields, Inc. is proud to announce our continued relationship with the amazing Beverly Gray and her champion horse “Jolly Sickle”.  (www.bevgrayusa.com).  Omega Fields’ goal has always been to extend our tag line “Nutrition for a Healthy Life” into a person’s entire experience by promoting a connected message of nutrition and healthy living for them and the animals they love.  We feel strongly that Bev’s reputation, methods and character are a great fit with ours and we are thrilled to have her as our Spokesperson. ” says Moriarty, President of Omega Fields.  

    Beverly and “Jolly Sickle” had another fantastic “Gold Medal” year winning National Mountain Region Champion and National 100 Mile Champion!  According to Beverly, “It was another pinnacle endurance riding year that included 750 miles, 14 races with 9 firsts and 11 Best Condition awards throughout 3 regions. I’ve never had a horse partner in the National Standings for Best Condition in my entire 18,500+ miles of competition.  I didn’t see the possibility of a National BC until this past fall.  The drama of 3 consecutive high vet scores and 3 consecutive Best Condition awards at the Moab Canyonlands Ride was the climax of our campaign.  Jolly Sickle and I have shared so much together – a once in a lifetime sunrise, the noon sun streaking through a thick forest heavy with fog, or alone with the sound of the musical tempo of hooves over the crimson Moab slickrock.  Riding Jolly Sickle is poetry in motion! I am grateful and humbled to be his partner and friend.” Beverly also stated “I believe Omega Fields nutritional program for my champion Arabian and I were major factors in our success! Thank you Omega Fields.”

    About Omega Fields
    Omega Fields® is recognized as a minority-owned business. Its mission is to offer the finest quality, most nutritious products at fair prices, and to provide outstanding customer service. Omega Fields wants its customers to have exceptional experiences with their products, staff, websites and retailers.

    Omega Fields is the first manufacturer in the animal health industry to use human-grade, non-GMO stabilized ground flaxseed, rich in fiber and antioxidants, and containing the optimum ratio of the full spectrum of Omega 3, 6, and 9 Fatty Acids for equine, goat, canine, poultry and human nutrition. The innovative use of flaxseed milled with a unique stabilization technology ensures long shelf life and superior quality for Omega Fields’ products.

    For further information, contact Allison Kuhl, Omega Fields Director of Business Development at 920-550-4061, ext. 119; email [email protected]; or visit www.OmegaFields.com or www.FLAX.com

     

  • Omega Fields debuts new RFDtv commercial on the Parelli Natural Horsesmanship Program!

    Newton, Wisconsin – Omega Fields, Inc. has aired its new 30 second commercial on the RFDtv channel during the Parelli Natural Horsemanship program as one of Parelli’s official sponsors.  According to Moriarty-Omega Fields President, “the spot features Pat and Linda’s personal experience with our Omega Horseshine® and Omega Nibblers® products and their personal endorsement.  Linda Parelli said that this was the first supplement she really felt excited about.  We couldn’t be more pleased with our relationship and their enthusiastic support after seeing the significant difference our products have made in their horses.”  You can view the 30 second spot as well as an extended 90 second version on our YouTube channel; www.youtube.com/user/OmegaFieldsInc.

    Omega Fields has been an Official Sponsor of Parelli Natural Horsemanship, www.parelli.com,  since December of 2012.  You can see us on their RFDtv program, as part of their national tour events as well as being featured in their Savvy Times magazine.  Check us out at; www.omegafields.com, and learn more about the reason for Pat and Linda Parelli’s enthusiasm for Omega Fields’ products.

    About Omega Fields
    Omega Fields® is recognized as a minority-owned business. Its mission is to offer the finest quality, most nutritious products at fair prices, and to provide outstanding customer service. Omega Fields wants its customers to have exceptional experiences with their products, staff, websites and retailers.

    Omega Fields is the first manufacturer in the animal health industry to use human-grade, non-GMO stabilized ground flaxseed, rich in fiber and antioxidants, and containing the optimum ratio of the full spectrum of Omega 3, 6, and 9 Fatty Acids for equine, goat, canine, poultry and human nutrition. The innovative use of flaxseed milled with a unique stabilization technology ensures long shelf life and superior quality for Omega Fields’ products.

    Contact: Allison Kuhl _ Director of Business Development, Omega Fields, Inc. • (920) 550-4061 ext. 119 • [email protected], www.omegafields.com

  • Omega Fields is Proud to announce our Newest Spokespeople – Lee & Hallie Hanssen!

    Newton, Wisconsin – Omega Fields, Inc. is proud to announce our new relationship with the champion barrel racers and professional trainers, Lee & Hallie Hanssen (www.melvinranch.com and www.hanssensranch.com).  Omega Fields’ goal has always been to extend our tag line “Nutrition for a Healthy Life” into a person’s entire experience by promoting a connected message of nutrition and healthy living for them and the animals they love.  We feel strongly that Lee & Hallie’s reputation, methods and character are a great fit with ours and we are thrilled to have them as our Spokespeople. ” says Moriarty, President of Omega Fields.  

    As active members of the Barrel Futurities of America and the W.P.R.A (Hallie), some notable accomplishments for Hallie include; BFA Derby World Champion, WPRA Reserve 2x World Champion, Fizzbomb Futurity Champion, 5-States Futurity Champion and Multiple Ft. Smith Futurity Finalist. And for Lee; multiple slot race top 10 placing, Top 10 Old Fort Days Futurity and 3rd at BBR Futurity Finals.  “We are very excited to have Lee & Hallie as spokespeople and feel that they truly represent the ideals we have as a company. The combination of their experience and knowledge as well as outstanding character make them a great example of what we stand for as a company” according to Moriarty – President of Omega Fields.  

    As stated by Lee & Hallie “Hallie and I have loved horses since we can remember.  What started out as a simple hobby has turned into a career and an enduring passion.  Competing at the professional level is very demanding on our horses.  That is why we trust Omega Fields to help our horses look and feel their best.  Over the years we have fed many great products, and Omega Fields flax based supplements continue to help our horses perform at the top of their game.  When you look good, you feel good and our horses look awesome with help of these outstanding products.  We are grateful to be a part of their team.”

    Check out our latest Omega Grande product video and spokesperson, Hallie Hanssen on our YouTube channel - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1qtmVXCrVvg.

    About Omega Fields
    Omega Fields® is recognized as a minority-owned business. Its mission is to offer the finest quality, most nutritious products at fair prices, and to provide outstanding customer service. Omega Fields wants its customers to have exceptional experiences with their products, staff, websites and retailers.

    Omega Fields is the first manufacturer in the animal health industry to use human-grade, non-GMO stabilized ground flaxseed, rich in fiber and antioxidants, and containing the optimum ratio of the full spectrum of Omega 3, 6, and 9 Fatty Acids for equine, goat, canine, poultry and human nutrition. The innovative use of flaxseed milled with a unique stabilization technology ensures long shelf life and superior quality for Omega Fields’ products.

    Contact: Allison Kuhl _ Director of Business Development, Omega Fields, Inc. • (920) 550-4061 ext. 119 • [email protected], www.omegafields.com
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  • Does the Season Affect Your Feeding Management?

    Written By Dr. Kris Hiney

    Does the season affect your feeding management? Winter is the season of short days, long cold nights and reduced riding time for us and our horses. Often what we feed our horses in the winter shifts as their energy requirements change, as well as the feedstuffs we might be using. That shift in seasons may mean we need to look at our feed sources and our supplement regimen more closely.

    To begin our discussion, remember that a horse’s energy requirements do change with the seasons. Cold weather creates additional caloric demands on the horse’s body in order to regulate its body temperature. When temperatures drop below a certain point, referred to as an animal’s lower critical temperature, it must expend more energy in order to maintain its own body temperature. For horses which are acclimated to cold temperatures (meaning we have allowed them to grow a hair coat and they have been housed outdoors), this lower critical temperature is usually around 5° Fahrenheit. When temperatures drop below this point, we really should be feeding our horses more. In general, for every two degrees drop in temperature, the horse needs 2.5% more calories to maintain its’ body temperature. Therefore, if it gets down to about 10 below, your horse will need 20-25% more feed! These numbers do not consider wind chill factors, which can drive up heat loss substantially. Bottom line, in light of this year’s extreme cold, if your horse is living outside this winter, you may find yourself going through your hay supply much faster than you had anticipated.

    How you choose to supply that energy to your horse may be important as well. There are several strategies which may be employed to augment your horse’s calorie deficiency. One easy way to meet energy requirements, along with adding to the heat produced by the process of fermentation in the hindgut, is to simply feed more hay. Consumption of hay has a higher heat increment (or heat associated with digestion) than other feeds, therefore it helps to keep your horse warm at the same time. In addition, more calories can be provided by choosing a higher energy concentrate, such as one with higher concentrations of fat. There are many commercial feeds available with added fat, or choosing rice bran or a flax source may be an option. If choosing a fat-added feed, it will provide more calories to the horse without having to increase as greatly the volume of feed that you are using. Many horse owner’s also like to add warm mashes to their horses diet in the winter. This provides more energy to the horse as bran or pellet mashes are higher in caloric density than forage. The additional benefit is that you can increase your horse’s water consumption, which may have decreased in the winter if they do not have access to heated water. Finally, it just may make you feel good to feed your horse a nice warm mash on those cold days and nights.

    Obviously the manner in which we feed our horses also changes with the season. Ideally, horses are allowed opportunities to graze pasture grass in the temperate part of the year. However, with the fall and winter, horses in northern climates much be switched to an all harvested forage diet. While many of the nutrient components in harvested forage may be completely adequate for your horse, realize that the composition of plants does change with advancing maturity. In order to be tall enough to produce hay, grasses and legumes must reach a more mature state than a horse would typically select left to its own devices. In addition, some nutrients, such as vitamin A, do diminish over time. In particular, omega three fatty acids are found in smaller quantities in hay than in fresh growing grass. As we have changed how we manage all of our production animals and switched to more grain based diets, they now consume much more n-6 fatty acids versus n-3 fatty acids than when they were more pastorally raised. In fact, knowledge of the higher content of n-3 fatty acids in grass is in part what has led to the rising consumer popularity of grass fed beef. Grazed cattle consume much more n-3 fatty acids compared to traditionally raised feed lot cattle which have diets much higher in n-6 fatty acids. The diet the animal is on directly influences the n-6 to n-3 fatty acid ratio in their body tissues. Diets higher in n-3 fatty acids have been shown to be anti-carcinogenic, anti-inflammatory and cardio protective. While we may not think about horses in quite the same way, or feed them a concentrate based diet like feed lot cattle, the same process of incorporation of more n-3 fatty acids into their tissues occurs when horses graze or are supplemented with n-3 fatty acids. Ideally, our horses also should be consuming more grass and n-3 fatty acids, and less n-6 fatty acids which are found so abundantly in concentrates. However, even switching to a harvested forage based diet can alter the n-6 to n-3 ratio compared to a fresh grazing. Hay making can result in a loss of fatty acids of more than 50%, especially of linolenic acid, with a comparative increase in n-6 fatty acids. In a study using ewes, grass fed ewes had more milk and tissue n-3 fatty acids than ewes fed a hay diet. But obviously we cannot always feed grass to our horses. Therefore, in order to mimic the natural diet of the horse, and provide them the positive benefits of n-3 fatty acids, we can supplement them in other ways. Flax is a rich source of linolenic acid which horses readily consume. Therefore, in the winter, why not try a flax supplement and at least return your horse’s diet to summer, even if the wind is still howling!

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