In a fast food world, humans diets keep coming up short. Luckily with our horses we can control their diets and try and fill in any gaps with supplements. Since omegas for horses is a current hop topic, Precision decided to answer the question we get asked most. With enhance hay and complete feeds available, are extra omegas needed?
When talking about omegas, it is important to understand the difference between the two main types, Omega-3 and Omega-6. Omega-3 is called alpha linoleic acid or ALA. Omega-6 is called linoleic acid of LA. Both of these omegas are essential for bodily functions but are not produced in the body. This means they must be obtained through diet and supplementation.
Both Omega-3 and Omega-6 are fatty acids that have important roles for your equine. They help with immune system regulation, oxygen transfer, cell membrane stability and maintenance and development of the nervous system.
Many people choose to supplement with omegas because they are believed to improve coats and make their horses shine! Before going out and buying an additional supplement, read what one vet says about omegas and coat health!
“A couple of nutrients receiving attention in the human and canine world have piqued interest in the equine world as well–the omega 3 and omega 6 essential fatty acids.
Omega 3 and omega 6 are recognized contributors to normal cell function and help prevent immune disorders, skin conditions, inflammatory conditions, and certain disease conditions. They also improve post-surgical recovery in canines, according to a Today’s Breeder article (“Evaluating Essential Fatty Acids,” Vol. 35, p. 14-16). But Ralston cautions, “The jury is still out on the omega 3 fatty acids. Horses do not have the same requirements as dogs. However, because we really don’t know as much about horse requirements as we do for dogs, there may be some things they require that are normally provided in a well-balanced ration, such as essential fatty acids, that we don’t know about yet.”
Johnson agrees that there might be a role for supplemental omega 3 fatty acids in horses. “However, this is not specifically for the skin. Unlike dogs, horses do not commonly develop those types of skin problems that might be helped by omega 3 fatty acids. Nutritional omega 3 fatty acid supplementation might be useful for other, internal disease prevention for horses. However, it requires quite a substantial quantity of supplement to be given.” (King, 2001).
This is not to say Omegas are useless for horses! The most important function of Omegas are the anti-inflammatory factors. Omega-6 fatty acids are pro-inflammatory for the immune system while Omega-3 fatty acids are anti-inflammatory. This means if you are planning on supplementing with omegas for inflammation, finding the correct balance of both is extremely important.
In closing, if you want to improve your horse’s coat omegas might not be the best solution. Finding the correct balance of omegas 3 and 6 is difficult and not as effective as other supplements. Precision Joint Solution contains collagen which has been proven time and time again to improve shine and luster as well as overall coat health. To read more about Precision and coat health, click here! This is one of the many reasons Precision is unlike any other supplement on the market! The exclusive ingredients improve coat health, support the entire joint matrix, improve all connective tissues including tendons and ligaments, reduce inflammation, strengthen hoof growth and improve overall comfort! If you would like to see if Precision can replace multiple supplements you are already feeding, call us today!
King, M. (2001, May 1). Coat Improvement With Supplements? Retrieved September 28, 2016, from