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Re: Pain management in the riding horse

Hello Jackie,

I apologize for not answering your question sooner -- I just noticed that I omitted it as I go through the questions, on a first come, first served basis.

About Evening Primrose oil... it hasn't been used much in equine research but it does contain omega 6 fatty acids -- both linoleic acid which can be inflammatory in high amounts, and gamma linolenic acid, also an omega 6 but appears to have a protective effect on skin, hair, and hooves.

The human dosage is approximately 1300 mg per day, so a full sized horse can generally tolerate 8 to 10 times more than a human dosage. But, there hasn't been much research -- there was one study done where the horse received 30 ml (there's approximately 1300 mg in 2.5 ml), so that was 12 times the human dosage and the results showed some hoof improvement. But, this was one study and it certainly does not reveal long term safety, nor is it advisable to feed high amounts of omega 6s if not balanced with 3 to 4 times more omega 3s.

All the best,

Dr. Getty
Author of Feed Your Horse Like A Horse

Dr. Getty,

Can you suggest a dosage of Evening Primrose Oil for a horse? Are there any times it shouldn't be used? Is it safe for long-term usage?

Thank you,

Where are you from? Bayfield, CO