Arthritis is a common issue many performance horses will experience, that can even be career ending for some. Arthritis is typically treated with pricy steroid injections like corticosteroids, or anti-inflammatory drugs, such as phenylbutazone (bute) – both of which are associated with negative side effects from prolonged usage.
US Chia seeds contain Omega-3 fatty acids that are helpful for the treatment of arthritis and lameness. When properly balanced with Omega-6s, Omega-3s help reduce the production of prostaglandins, which are hormone-like substances that cause inflammation.
US Chia seeds are one of the highest natural plant sources of Omega-3 fatty acids; Additionally, they contain the optimal ratio of Omega-3s to Omega-6s. This makes US Chia seeds a simple, yet effective alternative to treating horses with arthritis and lameness without the adverse effects of NSAIDs or bute. Additionally, US Chia seeds are permitted under the USEF as a therapeutic substance, making them ideal for treating performance horses.
At 18% protein, US Chia seeds are one of the highest sources of protein when compared to other seeds. The high quality protein in US Chia seeds contains all 9 essential amino acids, making them a complete protein source. Adding US Chia seeds to your horse's diet will help them naturally build better muscle and a fuller topline.
"Lady is a 24 year old Appendix/Quarter Horse mare, who has arthritis from showing in the hunters for 14 years. After adding US Chia Seeds, I noticed that the nutritional benefits really helped with her mobility."