3 Reasons to feed hemp oil to your horse

November 28, 2021

3 Reasons to feed hemp oil to your horse

Hemp oil  provides vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids in an equine diet. A major benefit of hemp oil is the perfect ratio of essential fatty acids Omegas 3-6-9 which is considered to be ideal. 

1. Hemp oil can assist Inflammation and Joint health

Hemp oil is effective at assisting relief from inflammation because of gamma linolenic acid or more commonly known as GLA. Gamma linolenic acid (GLA) is an omega-6 fatty acid, which the body can convert to substances that reduce inflammation and cell growth

GLA is a regulator of the prostaglandins, the hormone-like substances that act as chemical messengers inside the cell. Their physiological effects include regulation of inflammation. There are two predominant prostaglandins: PGE-1 the anti inflammatory prostaglandin and PGE-2 the pro inflammatory prostaglandin. GLA increases production of PGE-1, thus reducing the levels of PGE-2. Misoprostol, a common medication for horses with hind gut ulcers is a synthetic form of PGE-1.

2. Hemp oil assists with Brain Health

There are many studies which point to the positive effects of essential fatty acids and brain health

Hemp seed oil contains high levels of healthy essential fatty acids like omega-6 and omega-3, at ratios that are perfect for Equine brain health. Optimum brain health demands plenty of healthy fats. By adding hemp oil to your horses diet, you can potentially improve memory and prevent age-related cognitive decline as well as behavior.

Hemp oil contains magnesium which helps support neurotransmitter functions in the body, thereby reducing anxiety and stress. Help oil also contains amino acids which keep your horses mind stable and calm. 

3. Coat and hair health

Hemp oil is rich in Vitamin E which supports hair, nail, and skin health in equines.

Hemp oil is also rich in  Vitamin A  which is Good for eye, hair, skin and immune function.

Some studies have suggested that hemp seed oil can help relieve the symptoms of dry skin and itchiness in atopic dermatitis.