From the research farm to your feed room, Kentucky Equine Research has applied its extensive study results to broaden the flavour appeal of its highly regarded EO-3 supplement.
The benefits of omega-3 supplementation include anti-inflammatory effects, as well as support of skin and coat health, and reproductive health for mares and stallions. Studies at the Kentucky Equine Research Performance Centre in Ocala, Florida, have also demonstrated changes to indicators of post-exercise recovery following supplementation with EO-3.
“EO-3 is one of our proven products for athletic and breeding horses,” explains Matthew T. Butler, vice-president of sales. “With a dedicated customer base worldwide, it’s a top product in the line.”
One factor that limited the use of EO-3, however, was its palatability. While many horses consumed it without objection, others were turned off by its odour and flavour, particularly after it had been stored for long periods of time. Therefore, the research team launched a series of studies to understand and improve its appeal to horses.
“We use emerging research, advances in ingredients and manufacturing techniques, and customer feedback to regularly improve our product line,” says research coordinator Ashlee Hauss, who led the studies. “We don’t take changes to popular, established products lightly, so we commit to extensive research before we offer an improved product.”
Over the course of several months, the team performed the studies using sustainably-produced menhaden fish oil refined through different methods, and trialling a variety of flavours at different levels of inclusion. These multiple stages resulted in a winning combination that was found to be four times as palatable to horses in the research herd.
The new EO-3 undergoes additional distillation, which removes specific compounds that can increase “fishy” odours over time and with exposure to heat without removing or altering the important beneficial fatty acids. The winning flavour, through multiple preference studies conducted at Kentucky Equine Research, is a mild apple with a slight minty essence.
If you’ve previously tried EO-3, or would like to use a marine-derived omega-3 but have a picky horse, try the new and improved EO-3.
“It’s quite exciting for us to see substantial time and effort in research come together to produce what we believe to be a truly improved version of a product that already performed well,” Ashlee Hauss says. “At Kentucky Equine Research, we always strive for ‘even better’.”
The team at Kentucky Equine Research is here to help! If you have any queries about your horse’s diet, how omega 3 fatty acids may benefit your horse, or KER EO-3, please contact Kentucky Equine Research’s FREE Nutrition Consultation Service on 1800 772 198 or email firstname.lastname@example.org