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    08-07-2014, 09:16 PM
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Yearling
fish oil vs flaxseed

Has anyone had any luck giving their horses fish oil?

My mare has copd. The vet suggested trying zyrtec in addition to her prednisone.

I've heard that omega 3s are beneficial. Flax is $50 for 25lbs! According to Harvard it is not as effective as fish oil as you have to take 6 times as much.
     
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    08-07-2014, 10:18 PM
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Originally Posted by 4horses    
Has anyone had any luck giving their horses fish oil?

My mare has copd. The vet suggested trying zyrtec in addition to her prednisone.

I've heard that omega 3s are beneficial. Flax is $50 for 25lbs! According to Harvard it is not as effective as fish oil as you have to take 6 times as much.
For humans.
     
    08-07-2014, 11:31 PM
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Green Broke
Fish oil is much higher in omega-3 than flax, but also VERY expensive to feed in horse-sized quantities. I suspect you'd have to get one of the deodorized, flavored products that are $100+ per gallon.

Chia seed is also higher in omega-3 than flax, but also quite expensive. I haven't done the research to find out how much you'd have to feed to get the same benefit as flax, but I suspect flax still comes out ahead on the cost per benefit front.

Of course, grazing fresh grass is usually the best source of omega-3!
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    08-08-2014, 02:34 AM
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Whole oats are still the cheapest.
     
    08-08-2014, 07:21 AM
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Green Broke
Feeding Fat

Omega 3 - Omega 6 Ratio | Emerge SupplementsEmerge Supplements

Oats are too high in omega 6

Flax looks like it's the best by far than other oils readily available. Did just read an interesting article about using seal blubber but I suspect that would be a bit hard to find.

Verona1016 summed it up nicely.

Why the oil? Keep the dust down? Or does the horse need weight?
Watering the hay down before feeding helps.
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    08-08-2014, 01:43 PM
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Yearling
There is some evidence to suggest that omega 3's are helpful for allergies and asthma at least for dogs, cats, and people.

At least in dogs and cats, combing antihistamines with omega 3's, is more effective than antihistamines alone.

I gave her fish oil capsules in her feed yesterday. She made a lot of faces, but ate all her grain anyway so it must not have been too terrible. I was really surprised she thought it was edible! I didn't even try to disguise the taste.

I will have to call the feed companies and see how expensive flaxseed is. If I buy pure flax oil, it comes out to about $18 a month. One ounce of oil is the same as feeding 1/4 th a lb of flaxseed.
     
    08-08-2014, 02:13 PM
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I dougt a horse is going to die from a few oats.
Iv never had a horse swell up or ever had any ill effects from oats.....just postive results.
     
    08-08-2014, 02:22 PM
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Green Broke
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Originally Posted by amigoboy    
I dougt a horse is going to die from a few oats.
Iv never had a horse swell up or ever had any ill effects from oats.....just postive results.
Horses obviously won't die if fed oats, it's just that oats are not a good source of omega-3 fatty acids. Since that's what OP is looking to supplement, oats don't make sense.
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    08-08-2014, 09:06 PM
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Canola oil has one of the best omega 6:omega 3 ratios of the affordable oils. A quart at Walmart is $2.68
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    08-09-2014, 01:42 AM
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Originally Posted by verona1016    
Horses obviously won't die if fed oats, it's just that oats are not a good source of omega-3 fatty acids. Since that's what OP is looking to supplement, oats don't make sense.
Then throw in a fist fulll of corn or a squirt of corn oil, that otta do it if your so worried about the omegas.

Oats make perfect sense! Once again........
     

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