Can horses cope with sudden cold weather?
Horses can survive and even thrive in what we consider to be very inhospitable conditions, but they do need plenty of feed to fuel them and keep them warm.
The horseï¿½s natural diet of grazing on the treeless plains and steppes is generally quite low in nutrition and also low in oil ï¿½ around 2-3%. That oil on which the horse has successfully evolved has 4 times as much omega 3 as omega 6, so I do not think we are wrong in assuming that is the balance on which horses will best thrive. Omega 3 is anti-inflammatory and so also aids healing. It is an important component of cell membranes. Omega 6 is pro-inflammatory and as such, will initiate the healing response, but not actually facilitate it. It just so happens that linseed has the same balance of omega oils as does natural grazing. Before Simple System was founded, Jane was on a mission to find a suitable feed to balance the lucerne she was feeding her horses and trialled some cooked linseed meal. Results were spectacular with horses moving better, their coats looking amazing and it also seemed their general health was better. A call to Sue and Tim, and Simple System was founded and Instant Linseed and Sun Dried Lucerne were our first two products. We were the first feed company to market a ready to use linseed meal for horses and we are still amazed by its benefits to horse health, using it in all Simple System forage balancers today.