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It’s why you spent hours looking at photos of stallions and reviewing the records of their progeny. It’s why you got up every hour on the hour every night for a week straight waiting for your mare to foal. It’s why you stood watch until you knew your new colt was up and nursing. It’s why you consulted with experts to design the best feeding program for your growing foal. At Kentucky Performance Products, it is why we use research-proven formulas and high-quality ingredients in our supplements to ensure they perform to your highest expectations. It is why the horse that matter to you matters to us®.
Research has proven that the omega-3 fatty acid DHA has a positive effect on both sperm output and quality. If you are shipping semen, DHA’s beneficial effect on the sperm’s cell membrane improves its ability to withstand cooling and freezing. Omega-3 fatty acids support increased conception rates in mares, and mares consuming diets high in omega-3 also have colostrum and milk with elevated levels. Foals whose dams have been fed a diet rich in omega-3 have elevated serum levels of the nutrient, which supports a stronger immune system.
When feeding omega-3 fatty acids, type matters. Alpha-linolenic acid is the most common omega-3 fatty acid and is found in plants. Generally horses obtain some alpha-linolenic acid by eating grass and hay. The omega-3 fatty acids known as EPA and DHA have been identified as particularly beneficial to moderating inflammation in the horse. These are longer-chain fatty acids and are generally found in fish oils. Shorter-chain acids, like alpha-linolenic acid, can be converted into the longer-chain acids EPA and DHA; however, this process is very inefficient, hence the benefits of providing them in the diet. Contribute supplies a broad spectrum of omega-3 fatty acids, including alpha-linolenic and guaranteed levels of EPA and DHA.
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