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post #1 of 7 Old 01-19-2018, 01:41 AM Thread Starter
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How do you keep your horses coat shiny and in top condition?

I researched online and some recommended the use of sunflower seeds. Opinions?
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You make sure your horse is getting all of his nutritional needs met and that there is plenty of good fats in his diet.
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Sunflower seeds have vitamin E selenium, & phosphorus...all important horsey vitamins. Flax seeds are a good source of omega-fatty acids, protein, and b-vitamins. I'd say a sprinkle of both on top of feed would be a nice coat-enhancing treat, but I'd be hesitant to supplement either in excess without knowing what's already present in your horses diet so as not to throw anything way off balance.

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Just found this article, looks like sunflower seeds are high in Omega-6 fats (and missing Omega-3) which can actually make them inflammatory...

https://holistichorse.com/health-car...-with-omega3s/


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How do you keep your horses coat shiny and in top condition?

I researched online and some recommended the use of sunflower seeds. Opinions?
So long as your horse is getting proper nutrition from good quality forage (grass or hay), he should have a healthy and shiny coat. You can have your grass/hay tested to see if it is lacking in any specific nutrients.
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Pasture is the best way to get omega 3 into your horse. You want them to consume the AL and ALA forms as they are vegetarians. Besides pasture, flax(linseed) or chia are good sources as opposed to DHA and EPA forms (fish, krill or algae) which are animal based. Pastures are highest during active growth (spring and summer) when not stressed (drought, excessive heat, cold). O3 levels decline rapidly in hays. O6 is a necessary part of the diet but not in such great quantities. Grasses (green and growing) have a ratio of 3 to 6 of 4:1.
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