Why you should say “so long” to soy….
Many horses seem to be to allergic to soy, exhibiting respiratory, skin and digestive reactions. Some of this may be an allergic response to allergens found in soy or it may be related to the fact that most soy is genetically modified, which can cause a variety of health issues.
Furthermore, soy contains significant levels of isoflavones, a type of phytoestrogen, which mimics estrogen in the body and influences behaviour, affects breeding, and can interact negatively with hormones.
Soybean oil is very high in linoleic acid, an omega 6 fatty acid. Some linoleic acid is required because it is classified as essential, meaning the horse cannot produce it. But too much, relative to alpha linolenic acid (ALA), an essential omega 3 fatty acid, will increase inflammation throughout the body. Since soybean oil has about eight times more linoleic acid than ALA, it can lead to health issues relating to joints, digestive tract, hooves, eyes, skin, lungs, and even the brain.
THERE IS A MUCH BETTER CHOICE … HEMP SEED – A FANTASTIC PROTEIN
Hemp seeds rival soy in protein quality; hemp seeds are amazingly nutritious. As a protein source, they offer all 10 essential amino acids, in their proper proportion, exceeding soy in protein quality.
There are two types of fat in hemp seeds that you won’t find in significant quantity elsewhere:
▪ Gamma linolenic acid (GLA) – this belongs to the omega 6 family, but unlike linoleic acid, it reduces inflammation rather than promoting it.
▪ Stearidonic acid (omega 3) — this is a precursor to longer chain omega 3s, DHA and EPA, found in fish oils and significantly reduce inflammation.
Other benefits of hemp seeds
▪ No enzymes inhibitors and can be eaten raw
▪ Easy to digest
▪ Highly palatable and great for the picky eater
▪ Great source of vitamins and minerals including vitamin E
For a full-sized horse, the typical dose is 1 to 2 cups per day depending on the horse’s condition and energy needs. For horses requiring more energy or those who need to gain weight, hemp seed oil or high-fat hemp products, are an excellent way to add more calories.
Rather than reach for a feed that contains soy, consider feeding hemp. Hemp seeds are high in quality protein and fatty acids your horse needs to maintain and repair healthy tissues. Feeding hemp on a regular basis gives you another tool in maintaining your horse’s overall health.
PRIME THRIVE 30 – pure crushed hemp seed is an excellent addition to your horse’s diet.
PRIME ADVANCE – crushed hemp seed, flax meal, shredded beet pulp and turmeric – for horses that need help in gaining weight, and for the senior horse who may have difficulty chewing.
PRIME FOUNDATION BLEND – is an all round excellent daily ration balancer – with a crushed hemp seed base, flax meal and cut & sifted herbs for an all round excellent source of vitamins and trace minerals that every horse needs.
PRIME HEMP SEED OIL – cold pressed oil available in 1L and 4L jugs – as well as 20L pails.