Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids are both essential to your horse’s diet because they support everything from individual cellular health to your horse’s overall wellbeing. Though your horse needs both types, maintaining the correct omega 3 and omega 6 balance between the two is critical. Because omega 3s support an anti-inflammatory response and omega 6s support a pro-inflammatory response, it’s generally recommended that your horse have two to four times more omega 3s than omega 6s.
This can be problematic because, as you can see from the omega 3 to omega 6 ratios of common feedstuffs listed below, the combination of a low-pasture, high-grain diet can lead to an imbalance in the omega 3/omega 6 ratio that sets the horse up for a chronic state of inflammation.
- Fresh Grass: 5 omega 3s to 1 omega 6
- Hay: 0 omega 3s to 0 omega 6s
- Commercial (Fortified) Grain: 1 omega 3 to 8 omega 6s
- Corn Oil: 1 omega 3 to 84 omega 6s
- Flaxseed: 4 omega 3s to 1 omega 6 (ideal ratio!)
- Fish Oil: ALL omega 3s
Add More Omega 3s to Your Horse’s Diet
A daily supplement like SmartOmega 3 & E Ultra is an easy way to provide high levels of omega 3s from flaxseed and fish oil so your horse’s good health can shine through. For more information, visit www.smartpakequine.com/ps/smartomega-3-and-e-ultra-14436.
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