Correctly balanced Omega 3 for all performance horses
All oils provide the same level of energy but that doesn't make all oils the same.
Despite what some manufacturers may imply, whether it's Canola, Cottonseed, Safflower, Sunflower or Linseed oil being used, the available energy from all oils is equal.
Trainers and owners of horses in racing and other performance fields are aware that adding oils to feed provides an additional or alternative source of energy that is cooler than energy provided by grains. However, there is little knowledge of the other important roles oils play in the horse's body and whether the oil currently being used provides all the available benefits.
Oils have four main roles, but to realise all the benefits must be 10-12% of the diet and must have all three elements of Omega 3.
1. Energy production. Use of oils for energy preserves blood glucose levels, delaying the onset of fatigue.
2. Storage of fat soluble vitamins. Oils provide an important store of energy and vitamins A, D, E and K.
3. Formation of hormones. These regulate inflammatory response and the function of the immune and reproductive systems.
4. Building cell membranes. This takes place throughout the body and includes skin, coat and blood cells. Oils have an essential role in making cell walls and membranes flexible, assisting blood flow! circulation and delivery of oxygen to muscles.
PERFORMA-3 IS NOT THE SAME AS OTHER OILS
Most oils contain Omega 6 and 9 and no Omega 3 and those that do have Omega 3 generally provide only one of the three critical fatty acids - linolenic acid. This forces the horse's metabolism to try and manufacture the other two elements, eicosopentanoic acid (EPA) and docosohexanoic acid (DHA).
A highly inefficient process, it is unlikely at the recommended feeding rates for other oils, that any benefit is derived for the horse. Omega 3 oils which only contain linolenic acid would have to be fed at 5 to 10 times the rate, or more, to match Performa 3 - obviously an expensive and impractical course.
Oils that do not have correctly balanced Omega 3 and only provide Omega 6 and 9 can engender inflammatory responses like laminitis, arthritis and dermatitis and do little for the immune and reproductive functions.
The richest source of Omega 3, with all three critical fatty acids, is from deep sea Southern Ocean fish and this combined with balanced Omega 6 and 9 forms the foundation of the Performa 3 formulation.
RECOMMENDED FEEDING RATE
Commence feeding at 25ml-30ml per day and increase gradually over 10-14 days to 50ml-lOOml per day.
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