Hemp seed has been used for centuries to fight inflammation and contribute to optimal health and well-being. For recovery, maintenance and resilience, hemp seed supplements can help any horse feel, perform and look their best. As a source of antioxidants, essential fatty acids, vitamins, minerals, and high-quality protein, we recommend hemp seed for horses to help support:
- Healthy skin, coat, hair and hooves
- Heart health and endurance
- Joint health
- Healthy digestion
- Stamina and energy levels
- Healthy immune system
Hemp oil is extremely high in the polyunsaturated fatty acids (omega 3 and 6) known to play a vital role in immune response and overall health – making up 76% of the fat in hemp vs. 66% in flax – including the uncommon, yet sought after SDA and GLA (amongst others). Many oils are subjected to high temperatures and harsh chemicals in production while hemp oil is cold-pressed with no chemicals to preserve nutrient quality and is always non-GMO.
Hemp seed is unique because it contains high levels of stearidonic acid (SDA) and gamma-linolenic acid (GLA). SDA is an omega-3 fatty acid and GLA is a potent omega-6 fatty acid that acts like an omega-3. Both reduce inflammation and support healthy immune responses and gene expression. The body uses both SDA and GLA more efficiently because they exist farther down the metabolic pathway than the typical ALA and LA.
Hemp seed offers your horse a highly palatable and highly digestible (95% digestible protein) source of protein and fibre (27%). Hemp seed protein is made up of high-quality albumin and edestin which aid in digestion, tackle free radicals, and contribute to DNA repair. These proteins also contain significant amounts of all 20 amino acids including the 10 essential amino acids needed to promote healthy hair, hooves, muscle development and recovery. Unlike other plant proteins, hemp is free of trypsin-inhibitors, oligosaccharides, phytoestrogens and is processed without damaging heat or solvents. While soy may outdo hemp slightly in overall protein content, you might choose hemp seed for its greater digestibility; no heat or chemicals in processing; non-GMO source with no in-crop herbicides/pesticides; no allergies have been reported; no phytoestrogens; and the added benefits of fibre and inflammation-fighting omega fatty acids.
Local. Simple. Sustainable Iron Horse hemp products are produced in small batches in Barrhead, Alberta, Canada by a mother-daughter led team of family, friends, neighbours and equestrian pros. We aim to deliver the freshest, simplest, most sustainable, most transparent products as possible. Iron Horse is a key part of the larger vision of Alberta Hemp Works to create an industrial hemp-centred business cluster model for sustainable rural community revitalization.
Should I choose Iron Horse 100% Hemp Seed Oil or 100% Hemp Seed Meal? Many people like Iron Horse 100% Hemp Seed Meal for its ease of use and appreciate it as an “all-in-one” source of fat, protein and fibre to fight inflammation and support digestion and muscle development. Iron Horse 100% Hemp Seed Oil provides a more concentrated source of inflammation fighting omega fatty acids and antioxidants and can help horses struggling to maintain weight. High performance horses or older/recovering horses having trouble maintaining weight and muscle can benefit from a combination of oil and meal.
If kept in cool, dry, and dark conditions, our 100% Hemp Oil and 100% Hemp Meal will last 18 months or more.
Even though hemp seed does not contain THC or CBD, we can't guarantee 100% that absolutely no CBD made it through the seed cleaning and pressing process. Even undetectable in tests, we can't know the exact tests used by your discipline/association so the use of these products is at your discretion.
Depending on your horse's age, nutrition needs, activity and work level, we recommend starting your horse with one dose (30 mL / 2 TBSP) of Iron Horse 100% Hemp Seed Oil and/or one dose (230 g / 2 cups) of 100% Hemp Seed Meal and increase if required to two servings per day.
We try to settle out as much sediment as possible to keep our oil easy to pour, but you may still see some particulate in Iron Horse 100% Hemp Seed Oil. Even though it's healthy, many people end up just throwing away their containers if there is too much sediment at the bottom. That's why we try to keep our oil as clear as possible. If you're looking for extra vitamins, minerals, fibre and protein, we recommend Iron Horse 100% Hemp Seed Meal.