All over the world, people have become aware of the many health benefits of chia seeds. These little seeds are packed with Omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin B, calcium, magnesium, among other minerals. Just like you, your horse can benefit from them! From reducing allergies to aiding in digestion, they can do wonders for your equine friend.
What are Chia Seeds?
These seeds are from the Salvia hispanica plant, which is a member of the mint family. People in Central America have been harvesting them for over 5,000 years. Chia seeds are oval in shape and gray with black and white spots. They’re loaded with fiber, minerals, vitamins, and omegas. Their Omega-3 levels are higher than both flaxseed and menhaden fish oil.
The Many Benefits
Often referred to as a superfood, chia seeds are safe and easy to digest by your horse. You won’t believe some of these incredible benefits!
- Weight management
- Stronger hooves
- Healthy (& shiny) skin and coat
- Prevents ulcers and colic
- Natural calming effect
- Offers support for broodmares and stallions
- Boosts the immune system
- Reduces swelling
- Help your horse regulate their insulin levels
- Repairs and builds tissue
How to Feed Chia Seeds
Any changes to your horse’s diet should be done gradually. The average horse (1,100 pounds) will consume between 1/4 to 1 cup of chia seeds. Your equine nutritionist will help you determine the correct amount for your horse’s needs.
These seeds don’t need to be soaked. They can be fed dry. Most use them as a topper and add them in with their horse’s regular grain or hay pellets.
BioStar sells a 10-pound container for $85.00, though chia seeds are easy to find in most grocery stores.
Your horse is one step closer to feeling and looking their best!