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.