Omega Fields’ Horseshine Supplement to Provide Omega 3’s

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Written by Rachel Long https://when-it-clicks.com/2019/03/omega-fields-horseshine-supplement-for-my-horses/

The well-being of my horses is the most important responsibility of my life. Well, perhaps it is among the most important, but sometimes the stress of figuring out what to feed them can make it seem that way! I am so thankful that I’ve again solved their need for forage, and so grateful that I have been confident in their nutrition while figuring that out thanks to Horseshine.

I’ve always enjoyed browsing catalogs of equine supplements, testing different brands here and there for my horses. While studying for my Animal Science degree, I got to learn a lot more about the science behind supplementing a horse’s diet, and feeding horses in general! For awhile, I actually planned on going into the field of equine nutrition, but changed my mind when I realized what I would actually be spending my time doing….

When allowed to graze naturally, horses can consume nearly all of the nutrients that they require from the plants they graze on. Of course, this requires a lot of space, which most of us simply don’t have in today’s world. Instead, our horses are given hay. Hay is filled with protein, fiber, and varying levels of vitamins and minerals – but it lacks most of the omega 3’s that it once had when it was in its grass form.

There are two types of fatty acids that horses utilize from fresh grass, omega 3’s and omega 6’s. If the ratio of omega 6’s gets too high, negative side effects such as inflammation are known to occur. Grass has a higher ratio of omega 3’s to omega 6’s, making it a perfect balance. Now, there are lots of different omega 3 fatty acids out there. But there is just one that horses cannot produce, and therefore need to consume. Alpha Linolenic Acid (ALA) can be converted into two other omega 3’s once the horse has it available. You will find the best source to supplement this is flaxseed, as with a ratio of almost 4:1 of omega 3’s to omega 6’s it closely mimics fresh grass.
Fun fact – give a horse flaxseed, and they will be able utilize all three omega 3 fatty acids. Fish oil does not contain the essential ALA, so give a horse fish oil, and they will only have those other 2!

HorseShine Review
I started feeding Horseshine last year when I had to move my horses from grass pasture. This is a very economical flaxseed supplement, but more importantly it is a top quality supplement. And perhaps most important – the horses LOVE it. After speaking with the president of the company about the thoughtfulness that goes into the milling of the product to achieve maximum nutrient value, I was confident that the supplement would be a beneficial addition to their diet. Tucker at the time was struggling a ton with weight loss, and had started to have diarrhea the week before I introduced Horseshine. Within one day of feeding his first dose there was an improvement in his manure. After a couple of days, everything was back to normal.
I then added more pelleted feed to his diet to add more calories, but I don’t think I would have seen such dramatic results if not for the flaxseed supplement! He gained so much weight the first week of receiving both! The biggest difference that I noticed other than the weight gain was how much more energy he had on the trails after a week or so of having Horseshine every day.

I have continued to feed Horseshine since last year, and I don’t think I’ll ever stop…unless we somehow find ourselves living on tons of land with amazing pasture, of course. We have since moved locations, and it was comforting knowing they had Horseshine during the transition. They still live without pasture, though with the winter grass they do get a few minutes of hand grazing everyday. I haven’t witnessed their summer coats while on the supplement yet, but their winter coats are very different than they have been in the past! They are thicker instead of longer, and they aren’t shedding as much as they normally would at this time. Trubee has had zero skin issues, and normally he has something weird happen every winter (knocks on wood). Tucker isn’t receiving nearly as much feed as he was before, and is maintaining perfect weight!

Happy Horses
Did I mention that they love this supplement? Tucker will empty his bowl of food if the Horseshine is underneath. I have to feed it to him separate from the the pellets because he wants, needs, to eat the Horseshine first. It is wonderful for easy keepers – if I don’t want to feed Trubee the extra calories, I can just toss in the supplement by itself. We also use the treat version of this supplement, Omega Nibblers Low Sugar & Starch, on a daily basis. If we have a treat-heavy training day, I can skip their Horseshine dose, as 15 of these guys is equivalent to the serving of 1/2 cup!

Omega Fields Introduces NEW & IMPROVED Omega Horseshine®

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Sheboygan, Wisconsin – Omega Fields, Inc. is excited to announce its newly launched Omega Horseshine® formula that includes 10 mg of Biotin per ½ cup serving, chelated minerals and added Lysine for better uptake. Along with the updated formula, Omega Horseshine® packaging has a new look for all three available product size options – 4.5 lb pouch, 20 lb preprinted bag and 50 lb poly woven bag and label.

“We are excited to introduce our new formulation and packaging for our flagship product, Omega Horseshine®. We have been a leader in omega-3 supplementation and nutrition for over 20 years, we felt it was time to more strongly highlight why we have been a long-term success -capturing the essence of the horse and rider bond. By supplementing with Omega Horseshine® you are helping keep your first promise to your horse – to care for them exceptionally for their benefit and yours”, said Omega Fields President, Sean Moriarty. Continue reading Omega Fields Introduces NEW & IMPROVED Omega Horseshine®

YOUR HORSE’S HOOVES ARE GREAT SHOCK ABSORBERS

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Your horse moves so smoothly that you always pause, just to watch and admire her – head held high, mane flowing, little puffs of dust from under her feet with every step – she makes you want to be on her back, enjoying the ride. And she makes it look so easy, you rarely think about what’s going on in that beautiful body, moving her 1,000 pounds so effortlessly. This is just a tip of our hat to those moveable parts – especially those feet! They sustain and support all of that half-ton of weight with every step she takes, and they rarely have a complaint – and so we tend to take them for granted. But they are probably the finest shock absorbers your horse’s Maker ever designed. Join me as we consider what makes them tick and what we can do to keep ’em happy on the trail. Continue reading YOUR HORSE’S HOOVES ARE GREAT SHOCK ABSORBERS

SCAREDY-CAT HORSES?

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Written By Guest Writer – Walt Friedrich

An inappropriate tag for any horse, actually: the words imply a psychological problem, and while every horse can exhibit great caution – even phobia – toward an external circumstance, fear is actually a completely natural and rational response. Practicing that cautious behavior is what’s kept horses prospering on this Earth for countless millenia, despite all the hungry predators along the way. Continue reading SCAREDY-CAT HORSES?

EQUINE THRUSH – WHAT IT IS AND HOW TO DEAL WITH IT

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Written By: Walt Friedrich

It is a condition – or more precisely, an infection – in the hoof. It is not a disease. Its elimination has been the goal of massive efforts to develop the ultimate product, as witness the vast variety of thrush-busting products on tack shop shelves. All of them do sell, and each of them probably does reduce and control the infection in some hooves – but there are a couple problems: one is that a given product may clear things up for some horses, but seems ineffective for others. And secondly, many of those hooves whose thrush does get controlled end up with a re-infection a couple months later. Right up front, the problem is not a simple one. Continue reading EQUINE THRUSH – WHAT IT IS AND HOW TO DEAL WITH IT

Maintaining Your Horse’s Weight: An On-Going Challenge

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Winter weight loss is a common issue that arises every winter, and to some degree normal and to be expected. But how do you know what is a healthy weight range for your horse to lose and remain healthy? There is not a single weight range that’s ideal for all horses, as it will vary between breed, discipline, and individual, but here are a few guidelines to follow to help monitor your horse’s weight: Continue reading Maintaining Your Horse’s Weight: An On-Going Challenge

Red Snow In Winter

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A common question that always seems to come up in winter months is why a horse’s urine looks red. People usually notice red, orange or brown spots in the snow where their horses have urinated. Normal horse urine sometimes turns red or brown after standing for a while. This is due to the presence of plant metabolites called pyrocatechines. These oxidizing agents cause the urine to change color when mixed with oxygen. It can happen year round (the same Continue reading Red Snow In Winter

TOXIC TREES AND THEIR DANGER TO HORSES

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Written by Walt Friedrich

Most of us horse-owners are quite well aware that our horses can pretty much take care of themselves. They may be prey animals, but so are field mice, along with thousands of other species in between, and of them all, horses are probably one of the best equipped for self-protection. Weighing in typically at a thousand-pounds plus or minus a few hundred helps, along with immense strength, and maybe the quickest reflexes in the animal kingdom; he can break your leg or even kill you with a well-placed kick, and he has enough speed to outrun a hungry mountain lion. He tends to keep himself quite well self-protected. Continue reading TOXIC TREES AND THEIR DANGER TO HORSES

PREVENTATIVE HORSE CARE

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written by Walt Friedrich

 

I always had thought it was my mother who used to tell me, when I was a child, that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. I was almost disappointed when I learned that ’twas Ben Franklin who first uttered those wise words, and not my mother — but as I grew up some I came to understand that it’s the message, not the messenger that really matters. It applies in every aspect of life, doesn’t it, and especially so when it comes to our responsibilities to the animals we are blessed enough to care for. Continue reading PREVENTATIVE HORSE CARE