Traditionally, forage and hay have provided adequate nutrition for equine for years. While this remains true, depending on location and seasonality, quality forage may not always be accessible. Furthermore, endurance horses may need some additional nutrition incorporated into their diet to keep up with their active lifestyle. Below are four key nutrients related to endurance that your horse may be of benefit to in the form of a supplement.
Fat is one of the most important factors that contributes to a horses’ energy levels when it comes to calories, as fat provides 2.5 times more energy than the equivalent weight of carbohydrates. Specifically in Wild Gold’s camelina oil, almost 40% of the fat available is in the form of anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids. As horses store fat for energy, oil supplements are common for performance horses that undergo intense and frequent exercise.
DHA, or docosahexaenoic acid, is one type of omega-3 fatty acid that has been linked to reducing joint inflammation. Horses experiencing frequent high impact on their joints can benefit from a supplement for increased joint mobility. Additionally, DHA and omega-3 fatty acids have been linked to increased stride length in comparison to horses being fed corn oil.
Vitamin E –
Vitamin E reduces muscles stiffness and soreness, which performance horses can particularly benefit from. Additionally, vitamin E removes damaging particles and bacterial threats, which contributes to improved immune function. It helps horses fight off illnesses and recover more quickly. Wild Gold’s Camelina Oil contains natural Vitamin E that acts as a potent anti-inflammatory as well as helps to prevent the rancidity of the supplement.
Bio-Mos® is an equine supplement produced by Alltech from yeast and is a supplement for animals around the world. It promotes gut health and improves immune function. For performance horses, Bio-Mos® is especially beneficial because it helps equine gain and maintain weight. It is a scientifically proven and safe additive that is a critical ingredient in Wild Gold’s products. Learn more about the benefits of Bio-Mos® here.
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