Essential Fatty Acids and Your Horse's Coat!


The key to a glossy, healthy, shiny coat on your horse?  Loads of elbow grease and a great nutritional program.  Grand Meadows joins us to share some of thei rknowledge about EFA's and how you can help your horse have a more balanced diet! 


Your horse’s skin and coat form an important protective barrier against bacteria and infections. One of the key elements to support skin cell health and produce a “show ring shine” is feeding a high quality, stabilized flax meal high in essential fatty acids (EFAs). The horse’s body does not produce EFAs, such as Omega 3s and Omega 6s, and must be provided through the diet. Flax meal contains one of the highest concentrations of EFAs and is important for various metabolic processes especially the regulation of inflammatory markers.


For a long time, riders fed corn oil for a hearty serving of fat. Fat will make your horse shiny, but it is so important to choose the right kind of fat. Omega 3 fatty acids are anti-inflammatory, while Omega 6 or pro-inflammatory. Corn oil is very high in Omega 6 fatty acids, which can put the body in a chronic state of inflammation, and create a negative impact on cellular health throughout the body.  The ideal ration to Omega 3 to Omega 6 is 4.5 to 1. 

There are also a few other key ingredients that have an impact on your horse's skin and coat:

  • Omega 3 & 6 Fatty Acids:  Omega 3 & 6 fatty acids prevent moisture loss in skin cells that lead to dry and flaky skin.  Omega 3 helps control skin inflammation and give coats a bright, glossy appearance.
  • Biotin:  Biotin is an essential requirement for the health of dermal and connective tissues.
  • Heat Stabilized Flax Meal:  A digestible source of flax meal, high in Omega 3 and will support the structure and function of skin cells. Normal flax meal has a very short shelf life and can quickly turn rancid. We use a special heat stabilized flax meal that has a 2 year shelf life.
  • Diamond VTM Yeast:  Is a true, fully- fermented prebiotic yeast culture that supplies a potent combination of nutrients to support effective function and to enhance nutrient absorption in both the small and large intestine. Remove phospholipids, a vital requirement for helping support healthy skin and a deeper improved coat color.
How does your horse get his EFA's??