Can you tell me more about the Biotin in Omega Horseshine?
We have fortified our new Omega Horseshine with a significantly higher amount of Biotin (10mg/day vs 1mg/day in original formula). Some of our customers have asked about any potential problems feeding this increased amount. Biotin is not known to be toxic and has been recommended to be fed to horses in amounts of 20 mg/day in research trials. By comparison, human trials have demonstrated that toxicity was not achieved even at levels of 200 mg/day, which would be the equivalent to 1500 mg/day for an average sized horse. We feel that there is no danger in feeding the amount of 10-20/mg/day to any of the horses that you feed.
Selenium (Se) in Omega Horseshine
Guaranteed Analysis lists Se as 1.90 ppm Min.
Horseshine would provide 19% of the horse’s minimum requirement of Se.
What is considered optimal for horses?
Horses need between 1 -3 mg per day. Recommendations are closer to 3 for optimal health. The guidelines for concentration in the total feed are .1 to .3 ppm. Essentially if a horse ate 10 kgs (2% of bwt for average horse) they would get the right amount. Complete feeds are limited to this upper guideline in order to prevent toxicity as well as limit environmental contamination. Supplements will be much higher in concentration because the horse would consume far less.
Safe limits / upper limits.
The suggested toxicity level is 2-5 ppm, or again using our 500kg horse eating at 2% would be 20-50 mg of SE.
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Why is the balance of essential fats in flax so natural for horses?
Many equine natural-nutrition experts recommend that horses should eat fats in amounts and types that mimic their ancestral diet. The natural equine diet of a mixture 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 35% crude fat and has a 39% Carbohydrate level with a NSC level of 4.4% (Starch .6% and Sugar 3.8%). It is one of the most natural and healthy ways to supplement Omega-3 and Omega-6 essential fats in animals. The recommended amount of Omega Horseshine is 1/2 to 1 cup per day to ensure sufficient Omega-3 in the diet. Omega Stabilized Rice Bran is all Omega-6 essential fat with no Omega-3’s at all.
Detailed Description of Omega Horseshine®
Omega Horseshine® contains the best premium, stabilized ground flax base enhanced with a very small percentage of a blend of biotin, yeast (probiotic), oats (antioxidant), vitamins, and chelated minerals.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 be converted by the body into the longer chained Omega-3s — Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA) and Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA) — when the proper nutrition is present. The Omega Horseshine® formula helps assure that the proper nutrition is present for maximum Omega-3 conversion. Thus, the horse has the full spectrum of Omega-3s available for optimum health. This translates into increased visible health benefits for your horses — than they would experience when supplementing with just the ground flax seed. As with anything new you add to your horse’s diet, always start out slowly — 1 tbsp the first day and so on till you reach the 1/2 cup for the first week. Then you can go right up to 1 – 2 – 3 – or 4 cups per day — depending on the condition of your horse and the amount of Omega-6 in the diet.
Detailed Description of Omega Stabilized Rice Bran:
Omega Stabilized Rice Bran is a convenient, stabilized source of high energy and Vitamin E supplement for the diets of your show and performance horses, as well as your young growing horses. The dietary fat in Omega Stabilized Rice Bran functions as a calorie-rich supplement that helps horses meet their energy requirements. It also serves as an additional energy source that does not require feeding more grain in the diet. The additional calories provided by Omega Stabilized Rice Bran can increase the number of calories per pound of the diet. Therefore, it can replace the amount of grain that must be fed to maintain top condition – reducing the chance of colic associated with overfeeding grain. All natural (no chemical additives or preservatives). Your horse gets 2.25 times the energy per/unit weight compared to carbohydrates. Digestible Energy = 2,400 Kcal/lb.
The addition of Omega Stabilized Rice Bran during the winter or for hard-working horses can be be a positive thing — as long as your horses are not overweight to begin with. It is a wonderful source of calories and super charged antioxidants — much better than adding grains to the diet for extra calories! Rice bran is one of the safer fats. The thing with rice bran, as listed above, is that it is all Omega-6 essential fat with no Omega-3 — that’s why you would definitely want to give more Omega Horseshine if you’re adding rice bran to the diet. It will help keep the ratio of essential fats within the recommended range of 1:1 (Omega-6 to Omega-3) — which is what is recommended for animals and people by the majority of essential fatty acid nutritional experts.
We do know from the many experts on the Cushings/Insulin Resistance Yahoo Group (co-owned and co-monitored by Dr. Eleanor Kellon, VMD) that rice bran is not recommended for horses that are metabolically challenged such as IR or Cushings. Stabilized ground flax, however, is recommended for them. Flax actually helps with the digestion and helps animals keep weight on. If your horses are not metabolically challenged — they could benefit from the addition of stabilized rice bran to the diet.
Recommended Usage (Approximately 3 cups = 1 pound):
• Feed 1 lb. per head/day with 2.5 lbs. per/day of hay for a maintenance diet for a 1,000 to 1,200 lb horse.
• Feed .5 lbs. per head/day with 2 lbs. per/day of hay for foals under 1 year.
• Feed 1.5 lbs. per head/day with 3.5 lbs. per/day of hay for lactating mares and breeding stallions.
• Feed 2 lbs. per head/day with 4/5 lbs. per/day of hay for performance.
• Grain rations may be cut by 2/3 after a short time of feeding Omega Stabilized Rice Bran.
Bottom Line: Depending on the amount of rice bran you decide to feed, or not, you will need to adjust the amount of Omega Horseshine accordingly — to keep the correct balance of essential fats at a recommended ratio of 1:1 in the diet. Therefore, if you are feeding 1 lb of rice bran per day for your horses, you would want to supplement with at least 2 to 3 cups of Omega Horseshine as well.
What is the difference between Omega Horseshine, Omega Antioxidant, and Omega GRANDE?
Thank you for your email and your question concerning the comparison of Omega Horseshine, Omega Antioxidant, and Omega GRANDE. Good for you that you are always looking to provide the best for your horses! Please see descriptions of Omega Horseshine, Omega Antioxidant, and Omega GRANDE. This way you can make your best informed decision.
1.) 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 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 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.
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. Note: The recommended amount of Omega Horseshine for a 1,000 – 1,200 lb horse would be 1/2 cup to 1 cup per day.
Omega Antioxidant is an Omega-3, Omega-6, and Omega-9 plant-based and Vitamin-based Antioxidant supplement for health, well-being, and longevity of all breeds of horses — it is the next step up from Omega Horseshine®.
Omega Antioxidant contains the best premium, stabilized ground flaxseed, a synergistic blend of six all-natural antioxidants found in ground grain sorghum — Lignans, Catechins, Quercetin, Taxifolin, Phytosterols, and Tocopherols — with Folic Acid and Vitamin B-12. It is formulated to extend the longevity of your horse’s active life by protecting against debilitating diseases. Two-thirds cup to one and one-third cups is the recommended daily maintenance amount for Omega Antioxidant (approximately 200 each 2/3 cup servings in a 50 lb. bag).
Omega Antioxidant contains a base of Premium, Human-Grade, Non-GMO, 99.9% Pure, Stabilized, Ground, Fortified Flax to provide Omega-3 (LNA). About one half of LNA is utilized by the skin and coat (for health and shine), and the rest is used for muscles and modulating the immune system to prevent hyper-immune disorders, heart arrhythmia and excess platelet aggregation. This base of Stabilized Flax is blended with the special variety of high-antioxidant ground grain sorghum seed which we contract for. Premium sorghum is a rich source of polyphenol (plant-based) anti-oxidizing power. Polyphenols also act to regenerate Vitamin E after it becomes oxidized.
Since numerous forms of free radicals are produced in an animals’ body, it makes sense to supplement your horse’s diet with the wide range of antioxidants found in Omega Antioxidant. Per serving, the special synergistic variety of natural antioxidants contains more polyphenol anti-oxidizing power than chemical-based antioxidant ingredients. Scientific studies have indicated that antioxidants are most effective and safest when combined in a team effort — they may help in preventing debilitating disease.
Ingredients: Stabilized Ground Flax Seed, Ground Grain Sorghum, Zinc Sulfate, Vitamin E Supplement, Folic Acid, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B-6), Vitamin B-12 Supplement.
3.) 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 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 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 or molasses.
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)
Note: The recommended amount of Omega GRANDE for your 1000 – 1,200 lb horse would be 1-1/2 cups (3 scoops – scoop enclosed) per day. Biotin content = 5.0 mg.
Bottom Line Recommendation
Any of Omega Fields’ three premium products would be an excellent choice for your horse! I always tell people — Omega Horseshine is our most basic supplement, the next step up would be Omega Antioxidant, and if you’re looking for a COMPLETE equine supplement that does it all, that would be Omega GRANDE! It really depends on what you are looking for for your horses!
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.
I am having a little difficulty figuring out the exact selenium amount my horse would be getting from 1 cup of the Omega Horseshine. I realize it is probably minimal, but I am unsure how to figure mg of selenium provided in 1 cup from the ppm amount listed (1.90). - Brittney
When fed as recommended Omega Horseshine accounts for a very small percentage of the total weight of the average daily feed intake of the horse. Omega Horseshine® has Selenium listed as 1.90 ppm, so it is not considered a high source. Omega Horseshine is a supplement — not a complete feed. Therefore, it is important to look at the total selenium of the horse’s whole diet. If the overall selenium of your horse’s feed and forage is very high, we recommend discussing this with your veterinarian or an equine nutritionist.
The answer to your question as to how much selenium would be in a 1 cup serving of Omega Horseshine is as follows. Se, 1.90 ppm, Min. Per ½ cup serving=0.085kg x 1.90 ppm Se = 0.16mg of Se. Per 1 cup serving = 0.17 kg x 1.90 ppm Se = 0.32 mg of Se.
I would like to purchase the Omega Horseshine and try it on my new horse that I just purchased about a month ago. I have found, however, that he can be picky on trying new things. Would you have a small sample that I could try with him before I go and buy a 20 lb or 50 lb bag? If you could I would be more than grateful. Or, if you have a smaller bag, I wouldn't mind purchasing a 5 lb bag.
It is not our policy to send out product samples. The smallest retail size of Omega Horseshine® is the 4.5 lb pouch. You don’t need to worry about trying a 20 lb bag because all of our products come with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee!
Fellow horse owners with “picky eaters” have successfully mixed Omega Horseshine® with one or more of the following: water, apple butter, apple sauce, apple juice, apple cider vinegar, baby food, carrot juice, molasses — to create a tasty, nutritious mash their horses love. Another alternative might be to order Omega Nibblers® treats to use as a supplement for your picky eater. Omega Nibblers® (horse treats made with the highest percentage of flax — almost 50%!) are the most convenient and enjoyable way our customers have found to supplement their horses (especially the “picky eaters”) with the benefits of Omega-3 / fiber. Just 15 to 30 treats per day is the equivalent amount to Omega Horseshine’s recommendation of 1/2 to 1 cup per day). They come in a 3.5 lb pouch or a 15 lb box.
Will the Omega Horseshine work well enough keeping weight on? Will the Omega Horseshine increase his energy level too much? He already has plenty of energy and does, in fact, tend to be a bit high-strung. He gets grass hay 3 times a day with a small amount of Equine Senior in the evening. He also receives a joint supplement and Quiessence as a calming supplement. I am thinking that I can replace Cocosoya (Uckele) - skin, coat and weight gain, and Horse-Shoe (Finish Line) - hooves -- with Omega Horseshine and get the same benefits (the money I'll save will be MOST appreciated).
You are correct, by supplementing with Omega Horseshine you will be able to meet your horse’s Omega-3 and Omega-6 essential fatty acid needs. Omega Horseshine can replace the Cocosoya, Horse-Shoe, and the joint supplement — and will work well with the other supplement and feeds you outlined in your email.
Following is an explanation:
Omega Horseshine has been reported, by our customers, to alleviate their horses’ problems with skin and coat, hooves, hyperactivity and joint inflammation. Omega Horseshine is an all-natural, Omega-3, stabilized flax supplement intended for the health and well-being of all breeds of horses (18.5% Omega-3, 6.0% Omega-6, and 6.0% Omega-9). Omega Horseshine contains the best premium, stabilized ground flax enhanced with a very small percentage of oats (antioxidant), yeast (probiotic), vitamins, minerals, and biotin. This small percentage of ingredients are meant to enhance the nutritional benefits of the flax, but are no way meant to be the recommended daily amounts. One-half cup to one cup is the recommended daily maintenance amount for Omega Horseshine.br />
Omega-3 deficiencies can show up as problems with dry, itchy skin, allergies, joint inflammation pain, poor hoof growth, hyperactivity, inability to keep weight on, etc. Our customers who have experienced these problems (or similar distressful problems) have shared their successes with us. They agree that the horse needs to get a higher dosage every day for the short term in order to overcome the Omega-3 deficiency in their system — at least 1, 2 or 3 cups of Omega Horseshine® per day, for the short term, until the symptoms/condition are alleviated. Then, you can go back down to what will be the maintenance amount for your horse, for the long term. You don’t have to keep supplementing at the high level for the long term.
FDA laboratory studies, concerning the safety of Omega Fields’ stabilized ground flaxseed (the base of Omega Horseshine), have proven that our stabilized ground flaxseed fed at 20%, 30% and even 40% of the diet did not have any detrimental effects. You don’t have to worry with Omega Horseshine, since the amounts we recommend (even at 2 – 3 cup levels) is no where near 40% of your horse’s total diet. Please keep in mind that this testing was done on our specific stabilized ground flaxseed — so we cannot speak for the safety of other ground flaxseed products — you would have to ask the manufacturer for their safety testing records.
The stabilized ground flax used in Omega Horseshine is very high in Omega-3 polyunsaturated essential fatty acids with a small amount of Omega-6 polyunsaturated essential fatty acids. This makes it ideal because it is heavily tipped in favor of the Omega-3 essential fatty acids your horse’s diet is missing. Also essential fatty acids are the first fats that are used by the body because they are essential to the working of the body — the outer layer of every cell in the body is made up of essential fatty acids. Omega-3 is a very usable energy and has a calming effect. Omega Horseshine, with it’s high Omega-3 content — is a natural calmer. When the body has proper functional nutrition, in the right balance — the level of optimal whole-body health improves.
Cocosoya’s ingredient list: Soybean oil, Coconut oil, Vitamin E supplement, Sodium Propionate, Citric Acid, Natural and Artificial flavors. It is a fat source but is very high in saturated fat and Omega-6 polyunsaturated fat and very low in Omega-3 polyunsaturated fat. In fact, although their literature states that Cocosoya contains Omega-3 — they do not even list the percentage of it in their product. Also, when companies list natural and artificial flavors you might have to be concerned with chemical preservatives. Omega Horseshine provides a better balance of good fats (very high in Omega-3) and is a good way to help your horse maintain proper weight.
Horse-Shoe’s ingredient list: Biotin, Methionine, Gelatin and Zinc in a mineral base. Since poor hoof growth may be a sign of Omega-3 deficiency, and Omega Horseshine provides the highest levels of Omega-3 — it is an excellent choice for improving healthy hoof growth.
Joint supplement: Although you don’t mention the name of the product, I would assume that the main ingredient would be glucosamine or condroitin. Since Omega Horseshine provides the highest levels of Omega-3 — and Omega-3 is considered a powerful anti-inflammatory — the joint pain should be alleviated by supplementing with Omega Horseshine. Our customers’ testimonies prove this fact. Here’s just one of the many we receive:
“Just a note to let you know my eight year old Quarter horse “CD” has always had a problem with thin hoof walls and suffered from blow outs. She had also suffered a condition from birth with occasional mild diarrhea and a poor to less than average coat. Since I have begun using Horseshine flax supplement she has made a 180 degree turn around. My farrier has commented that her hoof walls are 100% better and she hasn’t suffered a blow out since. Her manure is normal and her coat is thick and shiny. Also my husbands 24 yr. old mare now looks and acts much younger than her years. I can tell her joints feel alot better since she too has been put on Horseshine. Thanks for a product that does all it says, A very satisfied customer.” Marie Piper – The Dalles, Oregon.
You say Omega Horseshine works at the cellular level to provide health benefits for my horse. Please explain.
Flax seed is the richest plant source of Omega -3 essential fatty acid. 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. If those membranes become deformed they cannot facilitate the elimination of metabolic wastes nor can they allow entry to the cell of nutrients either. The cell membrane also is important in 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.
When feeding Omega Horseshine should you measure by volume or by weight? Just thought I'd check to be sure I'm feeding enough if I measure out 1 cup using a kitchen measuring cup.
Omega Horseshine is measured by dry weight volume — a one cup standard kitchen measuring cup is excellent for your 1,000 to 1,200 lb horse!
I currently feed my horses whole flax and black oil sunflower seeds. I was told that you should not feed only 1 of the 2 as you'd be causing an imbalance as one contains omega 3 and one omega 6?? If I were to purchase your product, would I need to continue feeding BOSS?
The goal in a horse feed supplement for your horse is to get as close a balance of Omega-3 to Omega-6 as is found in their most natural forage — natural grasses — which have a ratio of 4 parts Omega-3 to 1 part Omega-6. The oil found in flax seed (a rich source of Omega-3 essential fatty acids) has the same ratio of essential fatty acids as natural grasses – 4 parts Omega-3 to 1 part Omega-6. This makes flax seed one of the most natural ways to supplement your horse with Omega-3 and Omega-6 — with stabilized flax seed the safest choice for your horse health.
One thing to keep in mind concerning whole flax seeds is that the hard outer shell of the whole flax seed needs to be broken in order for any health benefits to be imparted to your horse’s body. Otherwise, the seeds just get passed through and get excreted in the manure. So any seeds not being ground by your horse’s teeth, simply pass through.
Of course, you can grind flax seeds yourself but because they have such a high oil content that starts oxidizing when it gets exposed to air (by the grinding) — you have to be careful about the stability factor, because ground whole flax seed that hasn’t been stabilized will go rancid if not properly stored. You have to refrigerate any leftover ground flax and keep it in the refrigerator (keeps only for a month or so).
The easiest and most convenient way to save yourself precious time and energy you would spend in grinding the flax is by using the stabilized, ground flax seed in Omega Horseshine. BOSS are fine as a treat (small palm full) because they are a rich source of Omega-6 essential fatty acids, as is most everything else in your horse’s diet — i.e. – all grains and feeds. BOSS do not contain any Omega-3 fats.
Bottom line: If you buy Omega Horseshine you do not need to continue to feed BOSS — unless you just want to use them as a small treat (as suggested above).
I recently began feeding Omega Horseshine® to my horse. Although I add it to his feed, he manages to work his way around the powder and most of it remains at the bottom of his feed dish. I was thinking about adding water to his pm serving of Purina Senior Horse Feed to make a "mash" and mixing Omega Horseshine® into the "mash". Is this an appropriate alternative way to feed Omega Horseshine® to my horse?
Fellow horse owners with “picky eaters” or horses that are not feeling well have successfully mixed Omega Horseshine® with one or more of the following: water, apple butter, apple sauce, apple juice, apple cider vinegar, baby food, carrot juice, molasses — to create a tasty, nutritious mash their horses love — and their horses are getting the full flax seed benefit. Your idea of adding water to your horse’s pm serving of Purina Senior Horse Feed to make a “mash” and mixing 1/4 cup of Omega Horseshine into the “mash” — would be excellent! I also 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 treat! Please keep trying it for a bit — as sometimes a horse needs a little extra time to get used to and accept something new.
Here is some excellent advice recently shared by one of our customers on one of the Yahoo Group Forums concerning Omega Horseshine® : “When you first start supplementing Omega Horseshine® to your picky eater, there may be a transition period where they go from thinking you are trying to poison them to mugging you at the gate to get their feed. Some horses start off hating it and refuse it for a few days while looking at you pitifully; others scoff down every bit and lick the bowl out right from the beginning. You’d have to experiment with your guys to find out what they think. But even the most suspicious horse will usually develop a taste for it, if you persevere.”
Do you think it is possible Omega Horseshine MAY help with my horse who battles sweet itch in the summer? I live in Minnesota.
Problems with sweet itch, dull coat, dry itchy skin, poor hoof growth, cracking/splitting hooves, arthritic pain, 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 (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 is missing. Also essential fatty acids are the first fats that are used by the body because they are essential to the working of the body — the outer layer of every cell in the body is made up of essential fatty acids. Essential fatty acids do not normally get stored as fat. When the body has proper functional nutrition, in the right balance — the level of optimal health improves.
Our customers who have experienced Omega-3 deficiencies (or similar distressful problems) with their horses, have shared their successes with us. They agree that the horse needs to get a higher dosage every day for the short term in order to overcome the Omega-3 deficiency in their horse’s system — at least 2 to 3 cups of Omega Horseshine® per day (based on a 1,200 lb horse), for the short term, until the symptoms/condition of the Omega-3 deficiency are alleviated. Then, they would go back down to what was the maintenance amount for their horse — for the long term. Note: With Omega Horseshine you don’t have to keep supplementing at the high level for the long term. One-half cup to one cup (use standard size measuring cups) is the recommended daily maintenance amount for Omega Horseshine for a 1,200 lb horse (adjust proportionally for weight of your pony). As with anything new you are adding to your horse’s diet — start gradually first week until you get to 1/2 cup, then increase as necessary.
My full Friesian"Teun" is the type of horse that isn't fed any grain because he tends to be overweight. If you put him in a pasture with a round bale he will never pull his head out of it. Will he gain weight on the Omega Horseshine? He is in training and gets plenty of work but it just a VERY easy keeper. This is my main concern….
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 natural fat found in fresh grasses. This makes it ideal because it is heavily tipped in favor of the Omega-3s your horse’s diet is missing. Also Omega-3 essential fatty acids are the first fats that are used by the body because they are essential to the working of the body — the outer layer of every cell in the body is made up of Omega-3 essential fatty acids — especially the cells in the brain, eyes, and all organs. Essential fatty acids, especially Omega-3, do not normally get stored as fat so they will not put weight on an easy keeper. When the body has proper functional nutrition, in the right balance — the level of optimal health improves.
I was reading ingredients in Omega Horseshine® and it lists as the third ingredient ground oats--is this something to be concerned about in IR horses?
We’re going to answer your ingredient question with some nutrition information, especially pertinent for IR horses. Omega Horseshine®’s base of stabilized ground flax is enhanced with a small percentage of biotin, Diamond V Yeast (probiotic), oats (antioxidant), vitamins, and chelated minerals. (In the formula there is .2% oats). 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 / LNA) — can effectively be converted by the body into the longer chained Omega-3s — Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA) and Docohexaenoic Acid (DHA) — when the proper nutrition is present. The Omega Horseshine® formula helps assure the proper nutrition is present for maximum Omega-3 conversion. Thus, the horse has the full spectrum of Omega-3s available for optimum health. This translates into increased health benefits for the horse — than would be available with plain ground flax seed.
The stabilized ground flax we manufacture and use in our formulas is Premium, Human-Grade, Non-GMO, 99.9% Pure and Triple-Cleaned; protected from rancidity or loss of nutritional value; and guaranteed fresh for a full 18 months:
* Proprietary stabilization technology (developed by our company and patented 25 years ago) provides a stable, fortified flaxseed composition as a rich safe source of Omega-3 in the diet. Note: Our stabilization process is all natural, nothing is added, no chemicals used, the ground flax is kosher certified.
* Proprietary stabilization technology includes the inclusion of B-6 and Zinc when the seeds are going through the grinding process. B-6 and Zinc fortify the ground flax seed with the nutrients used by the body when flax seed is being metabolized during digestion. Since ground flaxseed naturally contains B-6 and Zinc antagonists, it makes sense to fortify ground flaxseed with Vitamin B-6 and Zinc to assure proper nutrient absorption.
* Flaxseed is contracted for and purchased from northern Canadian producers. Because of the rich soil and short, intense growing season — the flaxseed from northern Canada contains a higher percentage of Omega-3 than other flaxseeds.
* High quality standards mean that we reject more seed than we accept. Who do you think accepts the inferior seed we reject?
Also, the NSC level in Omega Horseshine® is well below the recommended levels for IR horses:
4,4% NSC (0.6% Starch, 3.8% Sugar) — NSC Analysis (as fed) done by Dairy One, Inc
When I feed Omega Horseshine®, is there any chance of over supplementation if I’m also feeding another probiotic/vitamin/mineral supplement?
The biotin and vitamins and minerals are a value-added addition to Omega Horseshine® to enhance our product. They are not intended to be the daily required amounts. There should be no problem adding a ½ cup serving of Omega Horseshine® as a supplement to your horse’s current diet.
I’m looking for something to bring out some shine in my horse’s coat. Will Omega Horseshine® help?
Omega Horseshine® will definitely give your horse’s coat a beautiful bloom!
Is the relationship between the supposed suppression of thyroid function and cyanogenic glycosides in flax a valid concern in supplementing a 1,200 pound horse with 1/2 cup ground flax seed (Omega Horseshine®) per day?
Flax contains cyanogenic glycosides. Under extreme conditions (pH1 or less), cyanide can be produced – but has never been reported to happen in mammals. Instead, cyanate is produced which is non-toxic. The US FDA did a study in which they fed 10, 20, and 40% of the diet as flax and found no harmful effects of any sort.
Within the context of everything else a 1200 pound horse would be eating, there is very little likelihood 1/2 cup of ground flax seed will have any significant effect on thyroid function. Even less likely if the diet is properly fortified with selenium, which is required to detoxify the antithyroid factors. Frankly, if suppression from a dietary factor is suggested, you should be much more suspicious of soy.
If you are still concerned, would simply suggest that you monitor thyroid function tests before starting and six weeks after starting, with no other dietary or management changes in between.
I read somewhere that the ground flax in Omega Horseshine® can replace psyllium husks for routine prevention of sand colic in horses (as opposed to using Sand Clear tm). Is that right?
Yes, the premium, stabilized, ground, fortified flax seed used in Omega Horseshine®, Omega Antioxidant and Omega Grande® 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 discontinue psyllium, if you supplement with Omega Horseshine® everyday — plus your horse will have the benefit of Omega-3 essential fatty acid for a beautiful coat and optimal health.