Testimonial From The Budget Equestrian

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I have been using Omega Fields Horseshine on my horses for the past 6 years, because it was recommended to me by a friend who loves her horses as much as I do. She told me what a difference it had made for her, so I figured why not give it a try. I can honestly say that Horseshine is by far the best supplement I have ever used. Both of my horses are seniors. One is 22 and one is 23. They get Horseshine morning and night, and they have the most beautiful coats! Not only are the coats fantastic, but their hooves! Their hooves are super strong! They don’t act like seniors either! They run around and play just like younger horses. I am pretty sure it is because of Horseshine.
I have tried a LOT of supplements over my history of 30 years of owning horses, and nothing compares to this product. One time I was told by a rep that they had the best all in one product for coats, health and hooves. They claimed theirs was a better product, and the rep touted how great it was, and there were a lot of people in the audience that said the same thing, so I decided to give it a try. I noticed a difference in their coats over time. They didn’t have the same deep shine, and my 23 year old started rubbing his tail. He never did that when he was on Horseshine and they just didn’t have the bloom that they had when they were on Horseshine.
I went back to what I should have stayed with the entire time, Omega Horseshine. Within 2 weeks their coats were nice and shiny again and they had that ‘bloom’ that Horseshine delivers. I learned my lesson, and I will never use another supplement again. Others may say their product is better, but honestly, nothing compares to Omega Fields’ Horseshine. I could post a picture here to show you, but I think a better testimonial is to look at my horses on YouTube channel, or Instagram, or blog. Then you can see over time, for the long haul how well this product works. Here are some links to blog posts I’ve written about Omega Horseshine.


If you don’t believe me and aren’t convinced by the photos and videos I have of my boys, buy a bag of it and try it for yourself. I know you will be impressed. If you want your horse to have a deep down shine from the inside out, you have got to try this product. There really is no comparable product that I have found.
When you feed your horse Horseshine, you will see a difference. You won’t have to use a shine spray to get a glow, the product does it for you!

Written By: Lisa Goodwin, The Budget Equestrian

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®

Selenium- Omega Horseshine / Omega Grande / Daily Requirements

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Selenium

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

Omega Grande

  • If feeding recommended 3 scoops (provided) of Omega Grande per day , 0.95mg of Se per 3 scoop serving, it will meet the daily needs of Se. It is a safe mark / pretty much all of what the horse needs (from our OG supplement) as we don’t know what else the horse is consuming in its daily ration

Omega Horseshine

  • Guaranteed Analysis lists Se as 1.90 ppm Min.
  • Horseshine would provide 19% of the horse’s minimum requirement of Se

Also on our website, two links for Se and PPM conversion

The Healthy, Older Horse

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Written By Juliet M. Getty, Ph.D.

Let me tell you about Bugsy. He was an Appendix Quarter Horse I rescued a few years ago. When he came to me, he was significantly underweight, suffered from an old stifle injury, and had a distrustful attitude. A few months later, he’d filled out, was running up and down hills with ease, and showed the curiosity and warmth of a youngster. How old was he? 25. Not old by today’s standards and yet, definitely up there. What made the difference? Nutrition played a big part in his improvement.

Continue reading The Healthy, Older Horse

Omega Fields Introduces NEW Low Sugar & Starch Omega-3 Horse Treat

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Sheboygan, Wisconsin – Omega Fields, Inc. is excited to announce its newly launched Low Sugar & Starch horse treat – Omega Nibblers-Low Sugar& Starch (https://www.omegafields.com/equine-products/omega-nibblers-low-sugar-starch.html). Omega Nibblers Low Sugar & Starch is a nutritious, apple flavored, Omega-3 heart shaped treat supplement for horses in all life stages made from natural ingredients. There is 65% less sugar & starch than our original Omega Nibblers® treats and it is low in non structural carbohydrates – Sugar is 6.7% and Starch is 7.4%. “We are happy to be able to have formulated a low NSC treat for our customers and those who want to be able to treat their metabolically challenged horses”, said Omega Fields President, Sean Moriarty.

About Omega Fields
Omega Fields® 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, 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

Flaxseed – Sweet Itch – Pruritus – Culicoides

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Review Written By Dr. Kate LeVasseur

To Review Complete study and references >>>> http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC227015/

One of the most common concerns among horse owners is how they can improve their horse’s hair coat to appear sleek and shiny. Many people already have a basic understanding that supplementing flaxseed in their horse’s diet improves hair coat quality and appearance by providing essential fatty acids (omega-3 and omega-6) or EFAs. But what many people don’t know are the benefits that flaxseed provides in addition to making the hair coat show quality. Continue reading Flaxseed – Sweet Itch – Pruritus – Culicoides

Digestive Aids in Horses

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Written By Dr. Kris Hiney

This month we will explore the use of digestive aids in horses, in particular probiotic usage. Probiotics are increasingly used in human medicine, production animal species, and of course in horses.  More owners are looking for safe and effective alternatives to pharmacological methods for promoting the well-being of their horses.   In this article we will discuss what type of organisms fall under the probiotic umbrella, the form in which they may be fed, their effectiveness and when their use might be warranted.

In general, probiotics are live organisms which are fed with the intention of their survival within the gastrointestinal tract.  The original concept behind the use of probiotics was to provide a beneficial type of microorganism which can alter the fermentation process in the hindgut, or to shift the microbial population away from more negative types of organisms.  Typically these organisms promote digestion and alter the types of volatile fatty acids that are produced.  This was typically referred to as a competitive exclusion effect.  However, it is becoming more widely understand that probiotics may have farther reaching effects than just simply outnumbering undesirable bacteria.  This differs from when organisms are fed for their nutritive value, such as often done with yeasts.

Horse owners have many options when selecting probiotics, including powders, pills, pastes, feeds, live culture yogurt or even innoculations of fecal microflora from healthy horses.  The key feature for a probiotic to be effective is that it is able to survive exposure to acid, bile and enzymes in the foregut of the horse and reach the hindgut alive.   In addition it must remain viable during processing and storage of the product. Further, microorganisms must be present in sufficient quantities to have an effect.   From extrapolations in human studies, it is suggested that foals be provided with a minimum of 10 to 20 billion colony forming units or CFUs with some studies suggesting an increase of 10 fold in adults.  Therefore concentrated forms of probiotics are often the most effective, rather than just a feed with added probiotics which may contain insufficient organisms.  It is highly recommended that horse owners read product labels carefully in choosing a digestive aid for their horse to ensure the product contains living organisms at sufficient numbers.  Unfortunately many commercial products may not actually even contain the amount of microorganisms listed on the label.  In a study from 2002, products contained as little as 2% of the CFUs claimed on the label.    In addition, some claims may be misleading and actually only contain fermentation products, which are not live cultures and therefore not probiotics.

Beyond viability and amount of probiotics, the type of organism contained in the probiotic is key.  The most common classes of probiotics are the lactate utilizing bacteria including lactobacilli, bifidobacteria and enterococci. These bacteria are those that convert lactate to propionate in the gut which may help stabilize colonic pH.   Live yeast cultures have also been used, in particular Saccharomyces cervisiae.  This differs from the use of yeast products which may be fed in order to supply vitamins or protein from the process of digestion of the yeast itself.  When looking for a yeast supplement intended to be a probiotic, be sure that it actually contains live yeast   Most species of organisms in probiotics are not typically found inhabiting the gut of the horse. Thus they fail to form permanent stable colonies in the gut, and will no longer be present after administration has been ceased.  Therefore continual supplementation may be necessary depending on the desired outcome.

Live yeast and bacteria supplementation may have beneficial effects beyond that of just supplying a different microorganism with fermentative capabilities.  Some yeasts may release enzymes which digest the toxic by-products of pathogenic bacteria.  It is also believed that yeasts and lactate using bacteria may have immunostimulatory effects, stimulating the gut associated lymphoid tissue.  This enhances the immune system of the horse and may make them more capable of handling exposure to pathogens. Other pathogenic bacteria such as Salmonella and E coli may bind to the yeasts rather than the epithelial tissue of the gut, thus preventing their colonization. Supplementation of live yeast has also been shown to improve digestibility of fiber and increase the amount of lactobacillus in the hind gut which again may be protective against acidotic conditions in the hindgut.

Probiotics are frequently administered when there is believed to be a disruption in normal gut microflora, such as during bouts of diarrhea, following anti-biotic administration or other gastric upsets.  This can include any stressful period for the horse such as travel, new environments, or alteration in diets. Horses supplemented with yeast and subjected to transport had greater biological diversity of bacterial species in the hindgut, and an increase concentration of lactate using bacteria and cellulytic bacteria.  Thus these horses maintained a healthier hindgut population compared to non-supplemented controls.  Supplementation of live boulardii yeast, a sub species of Saccharomyces cervisiae resulted in a shortened period of diarrhea and a quicker return to normal feces in horses suffering from enterocolitis compared to a placebo group.  Horses in this study had a broad range of causative factors for the diarrhea.  Thus probiotic administration may be an additional therapeutic tool in managing colitis or diarrhea in horses.    Probiotics may also reduce the detrimental effects of a high starch diet on the microbial population.  Typically high starch diets promote the growth of amylotic bacteria and decrease the population of cellulytic bacteria, thus suppressing fiber fermentation.  In addition, the by-products of amylotic bacteria are responsible for lowering the pH of the hind gut.  If probiotics are used in conjunction with higher concentrate diets, the overall health of the gut may be improved.

So when is a probiotic right for you?  Certainly during periods of digestive upsets, probiotics can help return the microbiology of the gut of the horse to a healthier state.  They may also assist a horse during times of stress, not only preserving the health of the GI tract, but also the health of the horse itself.  Probiotics promote a stable pH in the gut and can assist in fermentation in the gut.  There a very few negative indicators for probiotic usage, rather just be sure that you choose an effective product.

Omega Fields Announces its Horseshine Products Available in Canada

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Newton, Wisconsin – Omega Fields, Inc. is excited to announce our new distribution relationship with Canadian Centurion Supply located at; PO Box 21116, 10 Humber Street, Stratford, ON N5A 7V4.  “Omega Fields will market “Omega Horseshine®”, our award winning flax based omega-3 nutritional supplement for horses, and the flagship product of our brand in Canada as “Horseshine” says Sean Moriarty – President of Omega Fields, Inc.

Our new relationship kicks off at “The Mane Event” in Reed Deer, AB on Apr 26-28, 2013. “Horseshine” products will be available to consumers at the show courtesy of Canadian Centurion Supply’s retail dealer called “The Horse Store” located at 2612 Kensington Road NW, Calgary, AB, T2N 3S5, 403-270-7700. After “The Mane Event” horse show, Canadian Centurion Supply will begin distributing “Horseshine” to retailers across Canada.  In addition we will also be offering the “Horseshine” products at our booth with the Parelli Heart & Soul Tour in London ONT June 8-9, 2013 through another of Canadian Centurion Supply’s retail dealers, Wilson Tack and Veterinary Supplies.

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

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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.