Horses can experience difficulty gaining or maintaining weight for several reasons. Health conditions, age-related issues, or simply inadequate calories can all be contributing factors. The steps we take as horse owners to investigate why the weight gain is not happening and how we add the adequate calories is important.
When a horse does not have enough calories or protein in the diet, the body will break down its own muscle tissue and deplete much of the adipose tissue or fat. Research has shown establishing a solid feed program with fats and high in calories is a positive way to promote healthy weight gain support for your horse.
Fats are categorized based on the chemical makeup and are saturated or unsaturated. They are then split again into a subcategory of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated. Fatty acids, the components of the fat macronutrient, fall into one of these three categories — saturated, monounsaturated or polyunsaturated. Monounsaturated fats belong to the omega-9 family, which is based on the chemical structure of the molecule. Polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) exist in many forms and two that horses are unable to produce internally and must consume through diet is omega-3 fatty acids (α-linolenic acids, ALA) and omega-6 fatty acids (linoleic acid, LA). These fatty acids are crucial to the horse and provide a number of roles together in the horse’s body that provide a positive impact to their weight as well as joints, skin and coat, reproduction, and gut.
Selecting a supplement that provides the additional good fats and calm calories such as our Mega Gain supports more than just the positive weight gain you are wanting to achieve and maintain. Aspects such as athletic performance, reproduction, moody heat cycles, milk supply and coat and skin health all get a happy boost. Omega- 3 fatty acids provide anti-inflammatory nutrients and as a result, not only will your horse receive a weight boost, it will also reap overall health benefits.