by Kentucky Performance Products
An affordable and tasty way to add essential omega-3 fatty acids to your horse’s diet.
The protective properties of omega-3 fatty acids benefit every system in your horse’s body by supporting reduced levels of damaging inflammation.
The importance of omega-3 fatty acids:
Omega fatty acids are known as essential fatty acids because they cannot be synthesized in the body and must be provided in the diet. Omega fatty acids are split into two categories: omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids. Both are necessary to the well-being of the horse; however, it is the amount of both of these acids relative to each other that is most important for overall health.
Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids are metabolized by cells in the body and used in the synthesis of hormone-like substances called prostaglandins. The primary function of these prostaglandins is the regulation of essential body functions such as immune and inflammatory response. Prostaglandins produced from the omega-6 series typically have pro inflammatory effect, whereas those produced from the omega-3 series tend to promote an anti inflammatory response.
Horses evolved to exist on a grass-based diet high in omega-3 fatty acids and low in omega-6 fatty acids. Modern diets tend to include ingredients that are high in omega-6 and low in omega-3 fatty acids, throwing the critical 6 to 3 ratio out of whack and leading to health problems. Supplementing with a high-quality omega-3 fatty acid brings that ratio back into balance and supports reduced levels of damaging inflammation.
- Contribute offers you an affordable way to include both beneficial plant (alpha-linolenic acid) and marine sources (EPA and DHA) of omega-3 fatty acids into the diet.
- Contribute’s cherry flavor is very appealing to horses and because it is concentrated you only have to feed 1-2 ounces per day.
Horses at maintenance, yearlings: 1 oz per day, mixed in feed.
Horses in training, stallions, broodmares: 2 oz per day, mixed in feed.
*As with any change in your horse’s diet, we recommend introducing
Contribute in small amounts and slowly increasing to the full serving (1
or 2 oz) over a period of a week to 10 days.
Fish oil: a source of EPA and DHA
Flaxseed oil: a source of alpha-linolenic acid
Total omega-3 fatty acids: 10,780 mg per oz
Eicosapentaenoic (EPA): 3,210 mg per oz
Docosahexaenoic (DHA): 2,320 mg per oz