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Omega-3 fatty acids can be used on a therapeutic basis for a wide array of equine conditions. With far-reaching benefits, it's important to make the right choice when selecting an oil for your patients, ensuring a beneficial ratio of omega-3 to omega 6 fatty acids.

Oils & Inflammation

Ratio of Omega-3 Fatty Acids to Omega-6 Fatty Acids

Choosing the Right Formulas for High Impact Omega-3s

  • Platinum Performance® Equine & Platinum Performance® CJ

    The Equine Wellness & Performance Formula + Joint Support

    Platinum Performance® Equine and Platinum Performance® CJ provide a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids that saturate your horse’s cells and support a healthy ratio of omega-3s to omega-6 fatty acids. 

Both formulas also provide the vitamins, trace minerals, antioxidants and amino acids important for every aspect of a horse’s health and performance including joints, hooves, skin and coat, digestion and more.

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  • Healthy Weight

    A Healthy Source of Omega-3 Fatty Acids

    Rich in omega-3 fatty acids, Healthy Weight is supportive in many ways including allergy response, and skin, coat, gastric, and muscle health. For horses that need to gain weight, Healthy Weight provides calories in addition to forage. It is made from cold-pressed flax oil, a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids, which makes it a healthy alternative to corn oil.

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“When horses are struggling to keep weight on, many clients will feed corn oil, but unlike corn oil, Healthy Weight gives them an anti-inflammatory fat, which makes it ideal to offer to these athletes that perform at such a high level of competition. When I switch horses to Healthy Weight, I see their overall condition improve.”
— Ryan Carpenter, DVM, ACVS
Santa Anita Race Track

Healthy Weight is Recommended To:

  • Promote weight gain
  • Support normal healthy levels of inflammation
  • Add additional calories to the diet
  • Support skin and coat health
  • Replace other oils in the diet
  • Provide support for muscle disorders, such as PSSM and tying up

Figure 1: Percent Change in Total RBC Fatty Acids Among Horses Supplemented with Platinum Wellness + Healthy Weight Formulas vs. Controls

Fatty Acid Response To Supplementation

Platinum Performance® has conducted several feeding trials that sup- port the contention that a hay-based diet supplemented with omega-3 fatty acids, generally alpha-linolenic acid in the form of flax, can improve the omega-3 fatty acid profile of circulating red blood cells (RBC) in equine blood.

Recently, a trial was completed that followed the fatty acid response to supplementation with a consistent amount of Platinum Performance® Equine Wellness and Healthy Weight oil formulas in healthy horses. Both formulas are sources of omega-3 fatty acids in the form of alpha-linolenic acid.

Supplemented horses were compared to a non-supplemented cohort. Blood was collected and analyzed for fatty acids approximately every month for 6 months. Results are shown in Figure 1. It shows that horses supplemented with Platinum Wellness and Healthy Weight demonstrate a consistent and significantly greater rise in RBC total omega-3 content than control horses.

Using Flax Oil in Practice

Supporting Patient Health with Therapeutic Nutrients

Condition Products Protocol
Allergies
  • Platinum Performance® Equine or
    Platinum Performance® CJ
  • Platinum Skin & Allergy
  • Healthy Weight
2 scoops of Platinum Performance® Equine or Platinum Performance® CJ SID, 1 heaping scoop of Platinum Skin & Allergy BID and 1/8 cup of Healthy Weight oil BID.
Body Condition Maintenance for Athletic Horses
  • Platinum Performance® Equine or
    Platinum Performance® CJ
  • Healthy Weight
2 scoops of Platinum Performance® Equine or Platinum Performance® CJ SID and 1/4 cup of Healthy Weight oil BID.
Cachexia
  • Platinum Performance® Equine
  • Equi-Whey
  • Healthy Weight
1-6 scoops of Platinum Performance® Equine BID in addition to hay and feeds. 1 heaping scoop of Equi-Whey and up to 1/4 cup of Healthy Weight oil BID.
Rhabdomyolysis
  • Platinum Performance® Equine
  • Equi-Whey
  • Healthy Weight
  • Hemo-Flo®
  • Platinum Antioxidant
2 scoops of Platinum Performance® Equine BID while training and competing. Feed no grain or oat hay. 3 level (4oz) scoops of Equi-Whey BID and 1/3 cup of Healthy Weight oil BID. For severe cases, 1-2 scoops of Hemo-Flo® BID and 2 level scoops of Platinum Antioxidant BID.
Weight Gain
  • Platinum Performance® Equine
  • Healthy Weight
2 scoops of Platinum Performance® Equine SID and 1/4 cup of Healthy Weight oil BID.

SID = 1 time daily, BID = 2 times daily, TID = 3 times daily.​

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