Pure Linseed (Flax Seed) Oil for Horses
Proudly produced in the UK
Other leading brands, not *cold pressed*, & of undisclosed origins, cost more than £30 per 5 litres!
*Cold pressed means that no solvents or heat are ever used. This is because linseed is like other unsaturated nut and seed oils - if subjected to high temperatures the oil's important health-giving properties are destroyed. High Barn's natural process can only be compared to the production methods used to produce the best single-estate olive oils. This linseed oil is cold-pressed on the farm where it is grown in West Sussex. How's that for traceability!
High Barn Cold pressed oil from linseed seeds is a rich source of omega 3 fatty acid, alpha linolenic acid and omega 6 in the correct proportions. Lack of these essential fatty acids may result in a dull coat, dry itchy skin and cracking hooves.
Omega 3 fatty acids have anti-inflammatory properties so are potentially beneficial for chronic arthritis as well as regulating smooth muscle and autonomic reflexes - construction of healthy cell walls - transportation of oxygen to body cells - regulation of nerve transmissions - primary energy source for heart muscles. Its lignans support the immune system as well as circulatory and structural system.
Linseed or Flax the Definitive Answer (by Durwin Banks)
Linseed and flax are often confused, if you are a farmer in the UK growing flax you are growing a fibre plant which is used for linen. So you see there is no such thing as flaxseed oil. The flax plant is taller than linseed and is pulled by hand or nowadays by machine. So when you see products called flaxseed or flaxseed oil it will almost certainly be linseed or linseed oil. The linseed plant is shorter and generally has a bigger seed with more oil. The latin name for linseed Linum usitatissimum means most useful, and it has been used in all its forms for many thousands of years.
Horses and feeding oil
Taken from High Barn Oils' Blog
Horses, like humans, need oil. But why and what sort of oil should we use for our horses?
Cell membranes of living creatures are made from oils and fats and these are known as essential fatty acids. The two major types are Omega 6 and Omega 3. For good health these fats need to be in balance. The horse’s natural diet provides almost equal levels of Omega 6 and Omega 3
The Omega 6 is the raw material that horses (as well as humans) metabolise into the pro-inflammatory prostaglandins. In a correctly balanced diet Omega 3 is used to make the anti-inflammatory prostaglandins.
Many types of horse feed and supplements (especially those for adding condition or weight) use vegetable oils that have high levels of Omega 6, which is in almost every vegetable oil, including sunflower, rape, and corn oils. The inflammatory effect of imbalance of fatty acids can affect all parts and processes of the body. It tends to make the body’s own reaction worse. So wear and tear can result in painful arthritis and swollen joints. Allergic conditions, such as sweet itch come from the body overreacting to midge bites and temperament can show the effects of imbalance in excitability or nervousness. Omega 3 and its anti-inflammatory-forming prostaglandins can have a calming effect on the whole system – mental and physical.
The horse’s body also uses Omega 3 for building new cells, so an adequate supply is essential for rapid recovery from the stress of training or injuries, and is invaluable for maintaining a healthy skin with an extra shiny coat.
For horses, linseed oil contains high levels of the right sort of Omega 3 called ALA (alphalinolenic acid). It is different to the Omega 3’s found in fish and cod liver oils (which are not a natural part of a horse’s diet – horses are meant to eat grass not fish!)
Linseed oil is a conventional plant source and offers an alternative to fish oils. Horses, being vegetarian, should never be fed fish oils (although many are routinely fed cod liver oil unfortunately).
Recommended: 20-80mls a day (start slowly & build up over the course of 7-10 days to give your horse's digestion chance to get used to digesting oil).
Oil can be fed up to a maximum of 100ml per 100kg bodyweight (eg 500kg horse, maximum 500ml oil per day) according to The Royal Dick School Equine Nutrition Course.
Interesting article The Latest on the Omegas (Fats)
(although research shows that fish oils contain most Omega 3, horses are vegetarians so should not be given fish oil; linseed / flaxseed oil is the next highest in Omega 3)