Many horse owners have supplemented oil in their horse’s diet to make them shine like a new penny. Did you know that it is one of the quickest ways to add fat to your horse’s diet? Whether you are adding these calories for your high performance horse or that “hard keeper,” the choice of which oil to feed matters!
3 vs 6
There are 2 types of fats – Omega 3’s and Omega 6’s. Omega 3 fatty acids are the “good fats” that are necessary for every cell in the body to function appropriately. Horses cannot synthesize these on their own and must rely on a balanced diet. Omega 6 fatty acids in excess can be pro-inflammatory. So you need both, but the ratio is very important. If you have too many Omega 6 fatty acids, more problems can arise particularly in the GI tract, skin, and joints.
So, which oil?
This chart from Platinum Performance is handy to help see where each type lies in comparison to others. So is corn oil bad? No, but when it’s of similar price to canola and right next to it on the shelf, why not make a better choice! And when splitting hairs, flax is the best. **On this chart, Healthy Weight is flax oil**
There is no “one size fits all” diet for all horses, and these days we have so many options. Questions about your horse’s nutrition? Please give us a call for a consultation!