Every horse owner agonizes over the question of whether or not to give their horse fat, and if so, what kind and how much.
Luckily for us, equine nutritionist and Horse Journal medical editor Dr. Juliet Getty knows the answers and is hosting a teleseminar on the issue. Here’s Dr. Getty with more details:
Not all fat is created equal. You may be adding fat to your horse’s diet to provide more calories, or to replace starch, but the type of fat can significantly impact your horse’s health. Some improve immune function, reduce inflammation, and promote healing. Others can have the exact opposite effect.
The terminology can be confusing — monounsaturated, omega 3s, DHA, polyunsaturated, rancidity, steroids, phospholipids, eicosanoids, cholesterol, omega 6s, trans fat, hydrogenation — the list is long. What do these terms mean? Do they affect your horse? What fatty sources contain them and which do not? What’s the difference between oils — is corn oil the same as soybean oil? Is rice bran a good source of fat? Or, is coconut oil better?
What about how much fat to feed? Do some horses do better on fat? Should fat be avoided for some?
So many questions and lots of answers. Spend an evening with Dr. Juliet Getty and learn about this somewhat complex topic, in an easy to understand format. You’ll be empowered by your new knowledge, better able to read labels, and make intelligent choices for your horse.
Join Dr. Juliet Getty on Thursday, February 21, for a 90 minute teleseminar on “A Clear View of Fat – Types, Sources, and Benefits.”
The teleseminar will emphasize:
• Chemical and structural difference between fatty acids
• Naming fatty acids
• Evaluating oils for their fatty acid content
• Benefits and disadvantages of different fats
• Omegas – what are they and what do they do?
• Saturated, monounsaturated, and polyunsaturated fats
• Phospholipids, prostaglandin formation, and steroidal compounds
• Evaluating fat content of brans, seeds, grains, forages, and legumes
• What’s in that supplement you’re feeding?
• Animal fat for horses
• Coconut oil benefits and drawbacks
• How fat is metabolized in the digestive tract and the cellular level
• Not all equines are the same — what about your pony, mini, donkey, or mule?
• How much fat is required?
• How much fat is too much?
• What’s in that feed bag?
Date: Thursday, February 21, 2013
Time: 8:00 to 9:30 pm, Eastern Standard Time (7 pm Central; 6 pm Mountain; 5 pm Pacific)
Cost: $15 (your long distance charges may apply); $27 for teleseminar plus audio CD
To register, go to Dr. Getty’s website and choose “teleseminars” on the left side.