Friday, August 31, 2007
Hygain RBO - Why add oils?
With the high calorie demands of elite performance horses, oils play an important role in maximising energy efficiency due to their energy dense nature. Oils contain approximately 2.5 time more energy than most raw cereal grains and are also digested more efficiently in the horse's small intestine. This in turn reduces the 'sugar high' sometimes associated with high grain intake and subsequent behavioural problems.
The high concentration of cool energy provided by oils also makes products such as HYGAIN® RBO-elite ideal for horses undertaking sustained aerobic activity such as endurance. This is largely due to the fact that the body is particularly efficient in metabolising fat aerobically at this level of exercise intensity, and as such, produces less lactic acid.
By virtue of the presence of essential fatty acids, oils can also improve the shine and overall quality of a horse's coat. For this reason the addition of an oil such as HYGAIN® RBO-elite is desirable for sales and show preparation.
Older horses can also benefit from oil as a cool, efficient energy source, as a deterioration in their digestive efficiency limits the ability to fully process more complex energy sources such as grain. More information
All the goodness of omega essential fatty acids.
Horses require small amounts of linolenic, linoleic and oleic acids. These are special types of fatty acids, more commonly known as omega 3, 6 and 9 essential fatty acids.
Omega essential fatty acids have been shown to improve the health and structural integrity of cell membranes, improve hair and coat condition as well as many other side benefits.
Rice bran oil is an abundant source of primary antioxidants including alpha, beta, gamma and delta tocopherol isomers, as well as the most active of antioxidants, the tocotrienols.
Antioxidants are a vital component of HYGAIN® RBO-elite as they serve to deactivate certain molecules known as free radicals. If left unchecked, free radicals (by products of the oxidative metabolic process) can cause damage to the cell walls, internal cell structures and even genetic material.
Antioxidants therefore play an important role by 'mopping up' free radicals before they get a chance to do harm to the cell structure.
RBO-elite can be added directly to your horses feed or administered orally over the tounge. RBO-elite should be fed at a rate of 60ml to 250ml per day or up to 20% of the horses calorie intake.