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post #31 of 33 Old 01-17-2013, 09:14 AM
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Originally Posted by verona1016 View Post
Linseed (aka flaxseed) and fish oils are the healthiest oils to feed; they are the only oils that have a higher content of omega-3 than omega-6. Fish oils, however are not very palatable.

While fresh grass is a good source of omega-3, hay is not as it degrades very rapidly after the hay is cut and dried. You should feed an omega-3 supplement (e.g. whole flaxseed or oil) to horses that do not have access to fresh grass and avoid oils with more 6 than 3. Of the more common, inexpensive oils, canola is the least imbalanced in terms of omegas.

I posted some of the omega ratios for oils in a thread in the nutrition sub forum recently but am posting from my phone an am about to get on a plane at the moment, so can't link it right now.
I would never feed fish oils to a horse - too unnatural.
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post #32 of 33 Old 01-17-2013, 11:38 AM
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Originally Posted by Clava View Post
I would never feed fish oils to a horse - too unnatural.
I'm with you on that one... Triple Crown makes a "Fish Oil Powder" supplement (which also contains flax, rice bran and vegetable oil) which is supposed to be palatable, but it just doesn't seem like something I'd expect to be fed to horses. Because of those other ingredients, it also doesn't have as good an omega-3:omega-6 ratio as their ground flax supplement "Omega Max" (which contains just flax) I'm really not sure when you'd choose the Fish Oil Powder over the Omega Max... something I have to ask a Triple Crown rep next time I see one
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Im pretty sure fish oils are completely digestible for horses, but I'm no expert.

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