Fat is an energy powerhouse that is a horse’s most abundant energy source. Horses can consume and use fat from the diet, or they can store fat in their bodies for later use. Fat is required for the horse’s body to absorb fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K, and dietary fat supplies the horse with essential fatty acids, such as omega-3 and -6, which the horse’s body can’t produce. Fat also helps horses gain weight and is slow to digest, making the release of energy steadier over time. And, fat steadies the blood sugar and insulin response, which smooths temperament. When switching to fat as an energy source, it’s best to “train” your horse’s body to choose fat for energy. To do this, increase the exercise intensity, giving your horse at least a month of hard training with extra fat in his diet.
Here are some fast fat tips:
Sources such as flax, chia, and fish oils are high in omega-3 fatty acids – these reduce pain and inflammation. They also protect the heart, lungs, joints, feet, and immune function, as well as regulate blood insulin levels. Ground flaxseeds, like found in Boost & Balance, and chia are powerhouse omega-3 sources for all horses, especially athletes.
Avoid overuse of vegetable oils (especially corn and soybean oils) – they are high in omega-6 fatty acids, which actually increase inflammation, and hence, pain.
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