Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Olds Alberta Canada
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Well, Dr Lori Warren has done quite a bit of work on the omegas, related to horses. She is an equine nutritionist. I have heard her speak quite a few times.
Know what drives equine nutritionists nuts? When they ask a horse person who is consulting them, what is in their horse's diet, and that person lists off a bunch of supplements
That is not their diet-which starts first and foremost with forage. Supplements is what you add, once you know what is missing in the forage, based on age of horse, work load, special needs, ect
A horse on pasture, gets his needs met, far as the omegas and Vit e and a
Hay looses then quite quickly.
There are only three fat sources now recommended for horses, based on their omega 3 to 6 ratio. They are canola oil, fish oil and flax
Sunseeds , like BOSS , are almost 100% omega 6.
I do supplement vit e, but not a, as horses who have part of the year on pasture, are not vit a deficient , and there is a greater risk of damage, over supplementing vit a
Lets also throw the wild horse model out the window. Wild horses are also not de wormed nor vaccinated. We don't know how many surrcome because of this,plus winter 'kill off' of old horses was just part of that life cycle. Nobody there to make sure they had special feed,to keep weight on kept warm.
There is also no documentation as to how many wild horses die of tetanus
Oh boy, are we off topic again, because once again,the topic was scams, not supplements, although many horses are over supplemented, which can do just as much harm in many cases, as some shortage.
Wild/feral horses also breed by the laws of natural selection, with that selection based on survival, not on some performance, color or other man like goals
Many of the special diets or supplements we have to give a horse,is due to not letting them be selected by the laws of nature. A hYpp horse would be culled
The Urban myth that horses in the wild seek out various plants to meet their mineral requirements , and thus would not eat a plant that is not good for them,is flawed.
Horses will get addicted to Loco weed, seek it out, even with enough grass around.
Just one example-there are a lot of others