Chia Seeds Benefits for Horses

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?

    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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