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 You have undoubtedly heard about how great omega-3 fatty acids are for your horse. But what are omega-3s? Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids are essential fatty acids that must be provided by the diet to meet the body's requirements. These fatty acids are the basic building blocks for fat in your horse's body. There needs to be a proper balance of these fatty acids for your horse to achieve optimal health. Ideal omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids ratios are 2:1 to 4:1. However, western diets are typically much higher in omega-6 fatty acids, which create an unhealthy balance. So, how can you offset the high levels of omega-6 fatty acids? You could provide an omega-3 supplement. When you think about omega-3s, the first thing that probably comes to mind is fish or fish oils. But to your horse, fish oils aren't very palatable. So your best option for omega-3 fatty acid supplementation is to offer flaxseed.

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Benefits of Flax

Flax contains high levels of omega-3 fatty acids, which have anti-inflammatory properties that help to alleviate allergy symptoms and aids in relieving skin conditions such as Sweet Itch. The anti-inflammatory properties of flaxseed also help to mitigate the pain from arthritis. In addition, omega-3 supplementation has been shown to support thyroid function and aid in glucose metabolism, which can help horses with metabolic diseases. Omega-3 fatty acids boost immunity as well, making it important for aging and Cushings horses. At Horse Guard, we care deeply about the overall health of your horse. We have created the Simplete line of products and Flix Treats so your horse can benefit from omega-3 fatty acids. Simplete products are fed at two pounds a day for a 1000-lb. horse. In just two pounds, your horse will get a full vitamin-mineral supplement, rolled oats, extruded soybeans, and flaxseed oil. Flix Treats are 100% flaxseed, are a healthy snack that will make you and your horse feel good. We hope to help you maintain a happy, healthy, high-performance horse.
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Dr. Kelsey J. Nonella Ph.D., P.A.S.

Dr. Kelsey J. Nonella Ph.D., P.A.S.

Kelsey J. Nonella, Ph.D. is an equine nutritionist who was riding horses before she could walk. Her love for horses drives her to help educate people on what their horses’ needs in order to have happy, healthy horses. Kelsey went to Cal Poly receiving a Bachelor’s of Science in Animal Science and then onto West Texas A&M, where she got her Masters and eventually her Doctorates in Equine Science. At A&M, Dr. Nonella did extensive research on Selenium within horses. Click here to view her research. Kelsey’s colleagues have mentioned her as one of the United States equine Selenium experts.

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