The Healthy Oil Choice for Your Horse

CEN horse oil - horse eating grass

Which Oil Is Healthy For Horses?

Most oils on the market including:
Rice Bran Oil (RBO)
Corn
Canola
Olive
Soybean
Cottonseed
Sunflower Oil
Are all deficient in Omega 3 and may increase an inflammatory responses, due to higher Omega 6 to Omega 3 levels.
Coconut Oil contains no Omega 3.
Omega 3 cannot be made by the horse, they require it in their diet from fresh pasture or by adding to feed.
Fresh pasture contains higher amounts of Omega 3 to Omega 6.

Be sure to check the oil type on the label, vegetable oil is a generic term often used for a blend of the above oils that are high in Omega 6. They are exposed to chemicals/solvents to extract the oil and are very unnatural.

 

WHAT ABOUT FISH OIL?

Oils containing fish oil are highly unpalatable for horses unless heavily processed. Horses evolved on grass not fish, so a plant based source of Omega 3 aligns with nature.
Many contain flavours or vegetable oil blends to mask the rancid fish smell.
Garlic is also used to mask the smell, but there is recent research to suggest that doses of garlic much less than first thought may negatively affect red blood cells in horses.

Omega 3 is essential for overall health particularly beneficial for brain, nerve and muscle function, the immune system, coat/skin, joints and hooves.

Dr. Juliet Getty – highly regarded and internationally respected, independent equine nutritionist writes –
“Omega 3s block the formation of inflammatory molecules that are readily formed from Omega 6s.
Take a close look at the fat sources you are feeding to confirm that enough Omega 3s are in the diet.”

 

WHY IS CEN OIL MORE EFFECTIVE THAN OTHER OILS FOR HORSES?

CEN Oil is the best oil choice for horses due to the high Omega 3 levels. Most Oils contain Omega 6 and 9 but no Omega 3.

There are many oils available on the market with an unnatural Omega profile to that of fresh pasture, having higher levels of Omega 6 to Omega 3.

Most oils on the market all have higher Omega 6 to Omega 3 levels which is opposite to what is found in natural fresh pasture. (1)(2)

This includes:

  • Rice Bran Oil (RBO)
  • Corn
  • Canola
  • Olive
  • Soybean
  • Cottonseed
  • Sunflower Oil

Coconut Oil contains no Omega 3 and is mainly saturated fat.

Omega 3 cannot be made by the horse, they require it in their diet from fresh pasture or by adding to feed.

Omega 3 is essential for overall health particularly beneficial for brain, nerve and muscle function, the immune system, coat/skin, joints and hooves.

Dr. Juliet Getty – highly regarded and internationally respected, independent equine nutritionist writes –
“Omega 3s block the formation of inflammatory molecules that are readily formed from Omega 6s.
Take a close look at the fat sources you are feeding to confirm that enough Omega 3s are in the diet.”

Containing 55% Omega 3, CEN Oil provides a high quality source of plant based Omega 3 with a similar Omega profile to fresh pasture.

All natural, no chemicals and formulated from high quality linseed (flaxseed) oil with antioxidants.

CEN Oil is regarded as the best oil on the market for horses. It is a high quality linseed (flaxseed) oil with antioxidants, 100% natural, highly digestible, no chemicals or fillers and rich in Omega 3. (Lab proven high levels at room temperature)
Used successfully by pleasure to high performance horses Australia wide as a cool energy source of extra calories and an Omega 3 boost.

 

Written by Bryan Meggitt (BMedSc. PGCrtMedSc.)

Biochemist / Senior Scientist and Co-founder of CEN Horse Nutrition

Bryan is passionate about improving equine health through natural nutrition according to science.

2 Comments to “ The Healthy Oil Choice for Your Horse”

  1. Ann says :

    How much do I give a 7 year young, 15 hh purebred Quarter horse gelding? He is black and I am just starting with him to do Western Dressage. I do not want to heat him up or put weight on him. He is a good doer and is in a large paddock with a good amount of grass.

    1. Bryan says :

      Hi Ann,
      Thanks for making contact.
      We recommend 60mL/day for maintenance for the Omega 3 boost. CEN Oil’s nutritional profile is non-heating.
      Cheers,
      Bryan
      ~CEN Team