Your horse’s skin and coat form an important protective barrier against bacteria and infections. If his coat is short on shine, that could be an indication that his skin isn’t as healthy as it should be. Adding a high quality skin and coat supplement to his diet isn’t just a great way to boost his good looks, it’s an investment in his good health.
To get a glossy coat, add essential fatty acids to optimize skin health. When comparing fat-based supplements, it’s important to consider the source, because not all fats are created equal. While any type of fat will help with dry skin by increasing oil production, some supply even greater health benefits.
Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids support many vital functions in your horse’s body. He needs both to stay healthy, but the proper balance is essential. Because Omega 6s support pro-inflammatory reactions, and Omega 3s support anti-inflammatory reactions, you want to make sure the balance isn’t skewed towards the Omega 6s. In fact, your horse should ideally be getting two to four times more Omega 3s than 6s in his diet.
In addition to fighting inflammation, in the skin and throughout the body, Omega 3 fatty acids are a key component in skin cell membranes. Supplying your horse with Omega 3s will promote healthier, more resilient skin, addressing dryness and boosting your horse’s shine.
Flax Seed is a leading ingredient in our favorite skin and coat formulas, and for good reason! Besides being one of the best plant sources of Omega 3 fatty acids, most horses love the taste of flax. To supplement your horse with this ultra-healthy ingredient, choose Omega Horseshine or SmartShine.
Rice Bran is rich in fat, protein and fiber, as well as B Vitamins, Vitamin E and minerals. Grand Coat blends this ultra-tasty fat source with Flax Seed to support superior shine.
Fish Oil is also rich in Omega 3 fatty acids, specifically EPA and DHA, which are known for their many proven health benefits. EPA has been shown to be healthful for kidneys, the heart and arthritis in humans. DHA has been shown to improve brain function in dogs and support reproductive ability in stallions. SmartShine Ultra is an easy way to add both Flax Seed and Fish Oil to your horse’s diet.
Winter isn’t just tough on your skin, it’s rough on your horse’s, too. If you’re battling blanket rubs, rain rot or fungus, try a topical product in addition to your skin and coat supplement. Customer favorites include Eqyss MicroTek and Shapley’s Original M-T-G.