Chia seeds have become a key component in the breeding process for many mares and stallions. By incorporating US Chia seeds into the diets of breeding horses, our customers have been able to ensure their horses are reproducing at their highest potential.  With nutrition being among the most important factors in breeding horses, US Chia seeds are a natural, simple way to ensure that your breeding horses are receiving the highest quality nutrition.

For Broodmares 

Pregnant mares must consume enough nutrients to support their own needs, as well as  support the needs of their foal. Therefore, it is crucial that a pregnant mare is receiving enough nutrients over all three trimesters of their pregnancy to gain the necessary weight and fulfill the needs to create new tissues. The natural high fat content of Omega-3's and fiber in US Chia seeds provide a natural, holistic way to ensure that pregnant mares are gaining weight and consuming digestible energy without any starch or sugars. Studies have shown that Omega-3 fatty acids can improve conception rates and the ability to carry to term. Thus, mares with a history of abortion may benefit from this nutritional support. These same fatty acids have been shown to benefit the fetal nervous system and overall development of the fetus. Mares consuming a diet that is rich in Omega-3 fatty acids may produce richer colostrum, producing a healthier foal and reducing the risk of gastric ulcers (KER: A Closer Look at Fats).

Protein is another important factor during pregnancy. US Chia Seeds contain 18% protein, and the full amino acid spectrum, making them a great addition to your broodmare's diet. US Chia seeds also contain essential minerals including copper, iron, sodium, potassium, magnesium, zinc, phosphorus, and calcium. Some vitamins, including vitamin C, E and A, are also found in chia seeds, making US Chia seeds a simple way to ensure your broodmare and foal are recieving complete, quality nutrition. 

For Stallions

Breeding stallions require a nutrient dense, balanced diet in order to reproduce at the optimal level, making US Chia seeds the perfect addition to any stallions diet. Supplementation with Omega-3 fatty acids have been proven to have positive effects on sperm viability and motility.  Additionally, these same nutrients have been shown to benefit a healthy heart. The high fat, high fiber diet that US Chia seeds provide make US Chia seeds a simple, natural, energy-dense feed additive to help maintain optimal weight and performance in any stallion. The protein, minerals and soluble fiber found in chia seeds also help to retain muscle density and body condition in stallions that are enduring the work of breeding, and any additional work that your stallion may be partaking in. As an added benefit, the oil and fatty acids promote a shiny coat, enhancing the appearance of your stallion (KER: Nutrition of the Breeding Stallion)

Since starting US Chia, Cathy has noticed a few key improvements in the health and well being of her Paint mare Tootsie:

"She is 15 years young. Since I started US Chia her feet are not painful, her coat is shiny and she cycles without attitude."


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