An anti-inflammatory diet can offer many benefits to performance horses, aged horses, or a horse prone to injury.
Some dietary options to reduce inflammation include:
- Access to a low-glycemic grass hay throughout the day. Continual access to a quality hay replicates a grazing horse’s access to pasture (horses are not a fasting animal and this can cause inflammatory gut issues).
- Grains such as corn, soy or oats are very inflammatory, and it is worthwhile sourcing alternate products (ie. alfalfa).
- Incorporate omega-3 fatty acids into your horse’s diet to combat inflammation. Options include linseed oil, rice bran and olive oil.
- Investigate beneficial supplements to balance your horse’s diet.