Chia is packed with essential omega fatty oils
A horse's natural diet green fresh grass, is very low in fat between 4 to 6%. Besides, natural gras contain 4 – 6 times more omega 3 then omega-6 alpha-linoleic acid. This would be an off balance in respect of the omega 3. Furthermore, when grass is cut, dried and stored as a hay, since omega 3 is pretty fragil, most of its content is lost.
Omega 6 is more stable. So first the omega 3 is less then required and overall grass contain very little omegas in total. However, horses require an intake of essential omega-3 and 6 fatty acids because the body itself is unable to create them. Chia seeds contain in between 32% and 39% oil. ⅔ of this is the essential omega-3 fatty acid with only ⅓ Omega-6. This ratio is an ideal ratio especially because sources of omega-3 are getting increasingly scarce in the world.
Therefore chia seeds is an appropriate answer especially compared to traditional feed such as corn oil which is high in omega 6 fatty acids. Instead, chia contains ⅔ in omega 3 compared to flaxseed oil which is 5% and menhaden fish oil which is 29 percent.
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