While chia seeds are heavily used by horse enthusiasts in the western states of the U.S., I have found them to be virtually unheard of among horse people in the eastern states, most notably in Florida. They are popular in the health food stores, but outside of that market, they are not so well known. In the western states, chia seed is as mainstream as feed and hay. It has been about 7 years since we introduced chia seed to the Florida market, and it is becoming increasingly popular with horse people.
We initially started selling chia seed as an alternative to psyllium for sand clearing in horses, which it does very well -- we quickly learned Equine Chia is also useful in treating Laminitis, Cushings Syndrome, EMS, and Insulin Resistance. Equine Chia also helps horses retain water better, thus avoiding dehydration in hot weather. There may be some benefit in boosting a horse's endurance in running, as it does that for humans, but no study has been performed to substantiate a claim for that, as of yet. It is our hope that someday, someone will do such a scientific study of this, and if such a study were undertaken and proved chia seed to be beneficial in that regard, I would expect that every race horse owner in the world would to want to feed chia seed to his/her horses. Many of your NFL football players eat chia seed before playing a game, as it helps them maintain their endurance on the playing field. I would hope this is true of horses, too, but I can't make that claim without a proper study being conducted.
Chia seeds are the richest source of Omega 3 Fatty Acids there is. These Omega 3s are great for the horse's coat (helps bring out those dapples!), and they're good for their skin, as well. Some horse trainers use them for treating and preventing ulcers, plus chia seeds have a soothing, calming effect on horses. I asked one farm manager at a large training facility what he liked about Equine Chia. He said:
“These are performance horses. We want them consuming about 36,000 calories a day. If they have fire on the belly from ulcers, they may only consume 28,000 calories a day, and then they aren’t performing at the level we want and expect of them. By giving them chia seed, their bellies are soothed and they’re able to consume those 36,000 calories a day and perform at the level we want and expect. They are also calmer. Compared to the cost having the vet out, then buying Zantac and Gastro Gard, I consider this product to be comparatively free and I’m not buying it to be a nice guy; I buy it because it fills a need.”
How many horse supplements do you feed that are completely natural and offer all of the health benefits chia seed does? Wouldn't it be nice to derive all of those health benefits from feeding just one completely natural supplement?
One more thing about our Equine Chia that is important to note is that it is the ONLY brand of chia seed on the market for horses that is organically grown and has been double cleaned and bagged in the U.S.
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