11 Dec The Importance of Feeding ElectroBalance and Camelina Oil During the Winter
by Dr Clair Thunes PhD Nutrition
Consulting Nutritionist for EnviroEquine & PET
ElectroBalance may not seem like an obvious choice in winter but we challenge you to think again. Winter is a time when it can be a struggle to get our horses to consume enough water. Research has shown that they do not particularly like drinking cold water. When given the choice between water with a temperature around freezing versus water heated to be around 65 degrees, the horses drank about 40 percent more from the heated water. While heating water in cold climates is ideal, another trick is to stimulate thirst by insuring your horse is consuming enough sodium. Like you, when circulating sodium levels rise so does the desire to drink. Not only does feeding 2 oz of ElectroBalance provide your horse with about 7 grams of sodium but the product’s bentonite clay base has also been reported to increase water consumption. Help keep your horse hydrated this winter, feed ElectroBalance daily!
As the temperature drop horses spend more time indoors and barn doors are often closed to keep out the chilling wind. However that wind brings with it the gift of fresh air. When horses are kept indoors in winter their lungs are exposed to less than ideal conditions—for example, higher circulating ammonia and greater exposure to dust. While these conditions threaten the lung tissue of all horses, they can be particularly hazardous to those with inflammatory airway conditions. Research has shown that horses with inflammatory airway conditions may benefit from supplementing their diet with omega-3 fatty acids. These essential fats are vital to insuring a healthy inflammatory response. EnviroEquine OmegaBalance is a potent source of plant based omega 3 fatty acids. Feeding your horse 1 to 2 oz a day will help support a healthy respiratory tract, which is vital to your horse’s performance ability.
Consulting Nutritionist for EnviroEquine Dr. Clair Thunes is passionate about her profession—one that she decided upon at the age of 14. After earning a Bachelor of Science with Honors from Edinburgh University, and a Master of Science in Animal Science and a PhD in Nutrition from the University of California, Davis, Dr. Thunes went on to found Summit Equine Nutrition LLC an independent consulting company in 2007. An experienced nutritionist and accomplished scientist, Dr. Thunes understands the vital role that nutrition plays in managing horses today. Most importantly, she believes in making nutrition accessible to everyone and removes the guesswork so that owners have the peace of mind that their horse’s diets are optimal for maximum health and peak performance. Her clients include all horses from competitors at the 2016 Rio Olympics to retired pasture friends, mules and miniature donkeys. She writes a weekly online commentary for theHorse.com and her nutrition articles have been published in noted publications including: The Horse, Equine Wellness, Trail Blazer, Horse & Rider and The Horse Report. Besides consulting she teaches equine nutrition and equine exercise physiology in the Animal Science Department at UC Davis and equine health at Cosumnes River College. Clair continues to be involved with The United States Pony Clubs, Inc. and she is currently the Regional Supervisor for the Sierra Pacific Region.