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)
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
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.
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.