Chia Seeds for Horses

The following is a guest post by Zack Pennington, CEO of US Chia, a company which produces U.S. grown chia seeds for horses.  

 

Many people are familiar with chia pets, the novelty clay planters that create fast growing sprouts. You may not, however, be familiar with chia seeds as a food, or even as a feed additive. Horse owners around the country are adding chia to their horses’ diets because they are one of the most nutrient dense and complete foods available. Chia is rich in Omega 3 fatty acids, protein, fiber, minerals, and antioxidants. These nutrients combined help address several key health issues in horses, including joints, digestion, hooves, skin and coat, and allergies.

Chia is here to stay, but where did chia seeds come from?  These seeds were an ancient staple of the Mayan and Aztec warrior diets because of the energy and endurance they provided. When Christopher McDougall’s New York Time’s Bestseller Born To Run was released, it profiled the role chia seeds still play in the success of the “super-marathon runners” from the foothills of Central Mexico.

 

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Needless to say, the distance running community in the U.S. latched onto chia seeds right away. Because of that book and the regular support Dr. Oz gives chia, millions of pounds of chia seeds have found their way onto grocery store shelves across the U.S.

Horse owners and vets that value natural foods for themselves began experimenting with feeding chia seeds to their own horses. People who had been feeding other sources of fats and fiber started seeing better results due to the high bioavailability of the soft seeds. Chia seeds break down naturally in the horses digestive system and don’t have to be cooked or ground prior to feeding.

 

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Some of the more common issues that horse owners remedy with chia seeds include:

  • Sand clearing
  • Weight maintenance
  • Calming
  • Colic
  • Coat shine
  • Skin allergies

 

Chia seeds have a mild nutty flavor and are great for picky eaters. Many people switch from flax to chia because their horses seem to like the taste of chia seeds better.

Chia seeds are low in starch and great for Insulin Resistant horses, as well as horses with Polysaccharide Storage Myopathy, Equine Cushings’s Syndrome, and other metabolic disorders.

Chia Seeds can be consumed daily, fed raw (without grinding), and easily mixed in with your horse’s current feed. Higher daily doses are ideal for high performance horses or for addressing existing health issues. One serving is a ¼ cup scoop of seeds. Typically, horses consume 4-5 lb. of chia seeds per month. Nutritionists and vets recommend feeding 1-2 scoops a day depending on the size and activity level of the horse.

Chia seeds are primarily produced in South and Central America or Australia. US Chia Seeds are the only equine chia cultivated right here in the US. We work closely with our farmers to ensure that we know how and where our seeds are produced, cleaned, and stored.

 

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We do all of this to provide high-quality and traceable products, reduce environmental impact, and enable us to sell an affordable American-made product! We want your horse to reach its optimum health and potential, while also reducing the number of supplements added to their feed.

 

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If you’d like more information about feeding chia seeds to horses, make sure to check out the US Chia website.  Thanks for the great information, Zack!

 

 

 

Casie

Hi! My name is Casie Bazay. I'm a mom, a freelance writer, and a certified equine acupressure practitioner.

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5 Responses

  1. Susan says:

    Wouldn’t it be nice if we all could afford to give our horses chia seeds? With a little research, I found a bulk wholesaler who sells the seeds in 50 pound amounts at $6 per pound. If your horse eats 4 pounds per month, that’s a minimum of $24 to add to the price of hay and your daily grain. OUCH! Purchased in smaller amounts it could cost up to $8 per pound!!!

  2. Jill Mora says:

    I’ve been feeding US Chia for about 6mths, it’s a great product, I bought the 12lb pail. I feed 1/4 cup per day, so I’m probably using just over 1lb per month. I only use a teaspoon of Chia on my own oatmeal for breakfast, so I’m hoping that “less is more” for the horse too! The farrier asked what I was feeding to make his hooves grow so fast, I figured it’s the Chia and NutraFlax. My horse looks great, I can see a difference.

  3. Hello, Our company produces chia seeds in Bolivia .

    We have customers in Germany, Holland, Canada , USA and Korea and guarantee the quality of our product.

    We processing plant and cold storage chambers for 6000 ton .

    Besides planting have Quinoa, chia seeds , sesame, soy beans , Noni , Maca , corn , wheat, and other fruits and seeds of the regions of the Andes and the Amazon.

    We are interested in being his suppliers whether raw materials or finished product according to its formulations for equine food because we have high quality and wide variety of natural components.

    Waiting for your comments Best Regards.

    Renzo Gismondi Z
    Desarrollo de Nuevos Negocios
    591-60098126

    • Casie says:

      Hello Renzo,

      I don’t personally sell the chia seeds or any other type of product on the blog here. This was a guest post from Zack with US Chia. Maybe you could get in contact with them through their website linked above in the article though.

      Thanks,

      Casie

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