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Ask the Nutritionist: Dr. Getty's Forum for Equine Nutrition
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Fish Oil For Horses

What has been your experience in introducing horses to fish oil for Omega 3 Supplementation?

Where are you from? Maine

How did you locate this forum? Chronicle of The Horse

Re: Fish Oil For Horses

Hello BH Sales,

I prefer to not supplement horse's diets with fish oil. Instead, I prefer adding flaxseed meal to the diet. Flaxseed contains the omega 3 fatty acid called Alpha Linolenic Acid (ALA) which is used by the body to produce two other omega 3 fatty acids: Docosahexaneoic Acid (DHA) and Eiscosapentaenoic Acid (EPA). DHA and EPA are naturally occuring in fish oils and are found in horses' tissues. But, horses do not naturally consume fish. They produce these omega 3s from plant sources of omega 3 fatty acids -- that being ALA.

So, if you want more DHA and EPA, feed more flax, rather than fish oils. I know that there have been studies to show that fish oils are beneficial to horses, but since fish is not natural to horses' diets, I prefer to address their herbivorous nature.

Thanks for writing!

Dr. Getty

Where are you from? Bayfield, CO