As an authority on horse related health issues, Kentucky Equine Research (KER) cited Omega-3 fatty acids as providing significant nutritional support for horses with kidney disease or renal failure. Some of the common drugs used to handle the symptoms of kidney disease – including anti-inflammatory drugs such as phenylbutazone – can be toxic to the kidneys, which makes the condition challenging to treat. According to the report, some clinicians are recommending Omega-3 for its natural anti-inflammatory property, which may reduce renal inflammation without the harmful side effects of drugs. Chia seeds are the highest natural known source of Omega-3.
KER also identifies dehydration as a major cause and symptom of renal failure. Because chia seeds are rich in fiber, they can absorb large quantities of water – keeping your horse better hydrated, and retaining necessary electrolytes.
One growing health risk for horses involving kidney function is Equine Metabolic Syndrome (EMS). EMS is considered the equine equivalent to diabetes -- essentially the inability to metabolize and use glucose properly. The Omega-3s in chia seeds can help regulate the speed that sugars enter the bloodstream, allowing horses with EMS to better process the glucose.