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Correct use of oils in horse feeding

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More and more people are wondering today whether it is necessary to supplement their horse’s diet with nutritional supplements such as oils. Adding fats to a horse’s standard diet has several benefits, but is not always necessary and depends on other dietary sources. If your horse is too thin, needs more energy or lacks omega fatty acids, additional feeding with the right oil makes perfect sense. Especially with grain-free feeding, attention should be paid to sufficient fatty acids.


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Why does my horse need fatty acids at all?

A lack of omega fatty acids can be recognized by a dull coat, weakened immune system, exhaustion and/or general malaise. There are three different types of fatty acids: omega 3, omega 6 and omega 9. Omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids are considered essential fatty acids, which means that the body cannot produce them itself, but rather they are supplied by the body’s food is required. These fatty acids have various health benefits for the horse’s body. Fatty acids protect healthy tissues, cells and organs. They help with digestion, the production of red blood pigment and the absorption of proteins. Fatty acids also have an anti-inflammatory effect, help fight infections, build muscle and regenerate and contribute to a healthy coat and hooves.


And what should I be aware of?

In general, there are saturated and unsaturated fatty acids. The difference lies in the chemical structure: the saturated fatty acids have no CC double bond, the unsaturated ones have at least one double bond. In the case of polyunsaturated fatty acids, the location of the first double bond determines whether it is an omega 3, -6, or -9 fatty acid. Saturated fatty acids are difficult to digest, and the breakdown products can also be synthesized by the body itself. In the case of polyunsaturated fatty acids, the metabolism is much simpler and these (apart from omega 9 in special cases) the body cannot produce itself, i.e. they must be consumed together with food.


“A good oil must be cold-pressed and preferably one rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids. Vegetable oils are particularly suitable, especially Ahiflower oil.” – Patricia Sitzenstock


It’s all in the mix!

To ensure that your horse gets the correct ratio of fatty acids, it is important to identify what other feed your horse is being fed. In general, a 2:1:1 ratio of omega 3, 6 and 9 is recommended. Horses that eat more fresh grass, e.g. B. when they are outside in the summer, they naturally get more omega-3 fatty acids. When grass is dried into hay, a large part of the omega-3 fatty acids is lost.


The Power of Ahiflower

Ahiflower® is a completely new vegetable oil in horse feed. The big difference to comparable oils is that Ahiflower naturally contains by far the highest proportion of omega-3 fatty acids. It contains more and healthier omega fatty acids than other vegetable or seed oils, while providing all the health benefits of fish, olive and flaxseed oils. Another special feature: the ratio between the different fatty acids is ideal for horses!


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Good to know:

Ahiflower® oil is finally available in Europe. The plant from Canada is the main component of the new and unique Pavo OmegaFit. It is scientifically proven that OmegaFit has a positive effect on reducing inflammation. Research has shown that horses given OmegaFit for a period of 10 weeks had significantly more anti-inflammatory markers in their bodies (compared to horses given linseed oil).


To win one of three OmegaFit, complete the competition form below. It is possible to participate until 28 December 2022.


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