Updated: Apr 12, 2020
Chia is one of the most nutrient dense foods on earth and as such can act as a replacement too many of the pricey supplements fed to horses. Plus, chia is an all-natural product so it is free from fillers and preservatives commonly found in supplements as well!
So what makes chia so amazing?
Well, just take a look at these nutritional facts:
• Chia seeds are the highest naturally occurring source of Omega-3 fatty acids, with a 3:1 ratio of Omega-3s to Omega-6s.
• Chia's oil is 63% Omega-3, greater than flaxseed oil (58%), and menhaden fish oil (29%).
• Chia seeds are a rich source of Vitamin B, with a higher niacin content than corn, rice or soy.
• Chia seeds are an abundant source of calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, iron, zinc as well as copper.
Some of the many benefits of feeding chia are as follows…
Natural Calming Agent: Chia is a bountiful source of magnesium which can help calm horses as well as soothe tight muscles.
Happier Bellies: Chia can help better the digestive tract and prevent ulcers. Chia is abundant in mucilage that works in the same manner as psyllium to clear the gastrointestinal track of unwanted sand and debris. Mucilage also slows the digestion of carbohydrates making it a great supplement for horses who have metabolic disorders.
Allergy Relief: Chia is full of Omega-3’s which help boost the immune system and moderate inflation giving horses relief from allergies.
Faster Recovery & Muscle Building: Chia helps to keep your horse hydrated and retain electrolytes which leads to faster recovery times and increased longevity. Being a complete source of protein, chia will help build muscles and topline and the anti-inflammatory properties will reduce pain and swelling. Chia also contains the amino acid proline, which is important for connective tissue healing making chia a fabulous supplement for horses recovering from a tendon or ligament injury.
Strong Bones: Chia can provide boron, a micromineral, depending on where it is grown. Boron is essential because it increases calcium integration into the cartilage and bone. As soil becomes more nutritionally bankrupt, boron is a micronutrient that becomes increasingly important to your horse’s diet.
Healthy Skin, Glowing Coat, Strong Hoofs (oh my!): The Omega-3’s in chia promote healthy skin, a mirror-like coat and strong hooves.
But wait, there’s more!
Chia is an economical option as it can be bought in bulk and has a shelf life of 2 years! It is also able to withstand extreme temperatures without going rancid. In summary, chia is a remarkable superfood that is only beneficial to your beloved equine!
That's why it is one of our main ingredients in our Super Food Horse Treats!