Why should you feed chia seeds to horses?
Chia seeds are one of the healthiest, most nutrient dense foods on earth, and are especially great for horses. Chia seeds can be used as a natural replacement for many supplements because they already contain many of the same nutrients. As a natural product, chia seeds are more palatable for horses and easier to digest.
Below are some of the nutritional properties found in chia:
- Chia seeds are the highest naturally occurring source of Omega-3 fatty acids, with a 3:1 ratio of Omega-3s to Omega-6s.
- Chia's oil is 63% Omega-3, greater than flaxseed oil (58%), and menhaden fish oil (29%).
- Chia seeds are a rich source of Vitamin B, with a higher niacin content than corn, rice, and even soy.
- Chia seeds are a great source of calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, iron, zinc, and copper
What are the benefits of chia seeds?
ALLERGIES: The high Omega-3's found in chia help to boost the immune system and reduce swelling, giving horses relief from allergies. Learn more about feeding chia seeds for Allergy Relief.
BREEDING: Chia seeds provide good nutritional support for both broodmares and stallions. Learn more about feeding chia for Breeding purposes.
CALMING: High in Magnesium, chia seeds have a natural calming effect on horses. Read more about the Calming Effects of feeding chia seeds.
DIGESTION: Chia seeds help to optimize the digestive tract, and are great for ulcer and colic prevention. They're also ideal for horses who suffer from metabolic disorders. Learn more about feeding chia seeds for Digestion.
HYDRATION: Chia seeds keep your horse hydrated and retain electrolytes, promoting faster recovery times and increased longevity. Learn more about how chia seeds help with Hydration & Exercise Recovery.
JOINTS & MUSCLES: The anti-inflammatory properties of chia seeds help reduce pain and swelling. As a complete source of protein, they also build muscle and topline. Learn more about feeding chia seeds for Joint & Muscle Care.
SKIN, COAT & HOOF: Chia-fed horses have healthy skin, glossy coats, and stronger hooves. Laminitis symptoms may also be improved by feeding chia. Learn more about feeding chia seeds for Skin, Coat & Hoof Health.
WEIGHT MANAGEMENT: Whether your horse needs to gain, lose or maintain weight, chia seeds can help them achieve the proper body condition. Learn more about feeding chia seeds for Weight Management.
Chia has a long shelf life
Chia is proven to withstand extreme temperatures of -20 to 110 degrees F. The natural abundance of antioxidants stabilize the vitamins, minerals and fats. Chia seeds have a 5-year shelf life without going rancid, unlike corn oil, wheat germ oil, and other fat supplements that can quickly become rancid if exposed to heat, air, or light.
How do I feed my horse chia seeds?
Chia seeds can be consumed daily, fed raw (unmilled), and can be easily mixed in with your horse's feed. Higher daily doses help with digestive issues and colic prevention. We recommend using a scoop that measures 1.8oz (50g or 1/4cup) of seeds. Typically, horses will consume 4-5 lb. of seeds per month. We recommended the following feeding schedule for your horse:
Loading: 2 scoops daily for 2 weeks.
Maintenance: 1 scoop daily.
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