Because the advantages of feeding fat are accepted almost universally by equine nutritionists, veterinarians, and horsemen, scientists are delving deeper into how certain fats help horses. Researchers have focused much of their attention on omega-3 fatty acids and the relationship between them and omega-6 fatty acids. The two types of fatty acids must be balanced within the body in order for both to be effective.
Horses are often fed diets composed entirely of grain mixes and hay. Such diets are rich in omega-6 fatty acids but extremely low in omega-3 fatty acids. If vegetable oil is added to the ration, it further skews the ratio, with omega-6 fatty acids being overrepresented. To help counteract this imbalance, horses should be supplemented with omega-3 fatty acids, the richest sources of which are fish oils.
Kentucky Equine Research developed EO•3™, a potent marine-derived oil that is rich in omega-3 fatty acids. EO•3™ is a palatable oil that is top-dressed onto the feed. EO•3™ contains the omega-3 fatty acids DHA and EPA.
* Contains an omega-3 concentration of 35%, more than most common fat supplements
* Supplies omega-3 fatty acids, compounds with positive effects on reproduction, bone development and numerous inflammatory conditions in horses
“I use EO•3™ for my competitive reining stallions to maintain proper reproductive health for breeding and to gain the important anti-inflammatory benefits.” -Lisa Coulter, FEI Reining Competitor
"I want my horses to have the best chance to feel comfortable and to be able to give me 100% in their work, so their joints need to feel good as well. EO·3 is proven to help reduce inflammation. My vet actually recommended it to me, and all the horses eat it with no problem at all." -Megan Jones