NEW Larger Size with 2x the DHA and 3x the Vitamin E. w-3 Oil is designed as an equine energy and essential fatty supplement to support your horse’s cardiovascular function, skin, joint health and weight maintenance. All the omega-3 benefits of fish oil, without the fishy smell and taste.
Starting at $54.99
- Weight Maintenance
- Energy and Performance
- Cardiovascular Health
- Skin and Hair Condition
- Joint Comfort
- Immune Function
- Reproductive Health
- Mood Balance
Mad Barn’s w-3 Oil is the ultimate essential fatty acid and energy supplement for your horse. Carefully formulated with proven ingredients, this product supports cardiovascular function, immune health, skin and joint health, weight maintenance and more.
w-3 Oil contains both plant and marine sources of natural fatty acids, as well as the essential fatty acid DHA, which is not found in plant sources of oil/fat.
w-3 Oil is one of the only equine supplements made with microalgae-synthezied DHA, which has all the benefits of fish oil but is far more palatable to the horse.
Finally… a high-quality supplemental oil for your horse that goes above and beyond at a great price.
NEW PACKAGING WITH 20% MORE OIL AND 2X MORE DHA:
w-3 Oil is now available in a larger 5 L pouch size with double the amount of DHA and triple the Vitamin E at a slightly lower cost per serving! This change helps to reduce Mad Barn’s environmental footprint, using 60% less packaging.
More value, better health for the horse and less impact on the environment – a major product improvement and no increase in cost.
Why Supplement with w-3 Oil?
Supplementing fat in your horse’s diet may be beneficial at all life stages. However, w-3 Oil is more than just an equine fat supplement. It’s an extra-fortified oil that supplies your horse with the essential fatty acid DHA which is not found in plant-based diets. It is further fortified with high levels of Vitamin E.
Horses do not obtain the long chain fatty acid DHA from their diet. They convert the essential fatty acid ALA into DHA, but the conversion is not efficient and may lead to sub-optimal levels. Supplementing can avoid this and enhance cognitive function, improve cardiovascular health, and reduce inflammatory processes.
w-3 Oil delivers high amounts of polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs).
Unlike starch and other carbohydrates, fatty acids are metabolized at a much slower rate and utilized very efficiently in the horse’s body. The resulting effects of feeding supplemental fatty acids are:
- Reduced spikes in blood glucose that can trigger excitability and sensitivity in a horse following a starch-heavy meal
- Lowered risk of hind gut acidosis and intestinal discomfort that arises from feeding high-grain diets
- Increased muscle glycogen stores that supply lasting energy for high-intensity exercise
Not only is w-3 Oil beneficial as a source of energy, but it will also make your horse’s coat gleam! When the diet is higher in fat, sebum production in the horse’s skin increases, which lends the coat a shiny appearance.
Fight Inflammation with DHA for Horses
w-3 Oil contains high levels of natural DHA, or Docosahexaenoic Acid, an omega-3 fatty acid. DHA is synthesized in the horse’s body from ALA (Alpha-linolenic acid), but the conversion efficiency is extremely low and it must be obtained from dietary sources to elevate levels for improved health benefits.
w-3 Oil contains a supplemental source of DHA derived from marine algae. w-3 Oil is one of the only equine fatty acid supplements on the market to provide DHA from marine algae- a source that is much more sustainable and concentrated than DHA derived from fish.
Better yet, the resulting oil doesn’t smell or taste like fish. Horses love the taste of w-3 Oil!
Increasing the amount of omega-3 fatty acids in your horse’s diet can decrease the production of inflammatory molecules in cells. This can result in better regulation of the inflammatory response that stems from conditions such as:
- Equine Metabolic Disorder
- Insulin Resistance
- Degenerative joint disease
- Chronic lower airway diseases
Antioxidant Protection with Vitamin E
Each bottle of w-3 Oil contains high levels of natural vitamin E, also known as d-alpha-tocopherol. Vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin that is often found in very low levels in the modern equine diet.
Studies involving horses show that natural vitamin E is more bio-available and more easily absorbed and retained in tissues than synthetic vitamin E (dl-alpha-tocopherol).
Vitamin E works as an antioxidant alongside vitamin C, glutathione, and selenium to combat oxidative stress. It works by protecting the polyunsaturated fatty acids in cell membrane phospholipids and plasma lipoproteins, contributing to improved cellular membrane integrity.
Supplementing natural vitamin E in the equine diet, in combination with essential fatty acids, can reduce oxidative tissue damage that emerges from:
- Strenuous exercise
- Systemic inflammation from metabolic diseases
- Neurological diseases
- Muscular disorders such as RER (Recurrrent Exertional Rhabdomyolysis)
You should always consult a qualified nutritionist before altering your feed program. Submit your horse’s diet for analysis online and one of our equine nutritionists will be happy to provide a complementary review.
Algal DHA (LG-MAX) is a DHA supplement developed by Alltech that is derived from marine algae. It provides high levels of DHA comparable to fish oil without having a fishy smell or taste, so horses find it extremely palatable.
Sourcing DHA from algae is a more sustainable process than sourcing it from fish. There is estimated to be more than 800,000 species of algae, all with very high genetic diversity and extremely fast growth rates. Producing DHA from algae is also a much more efficient process than producing fish, as algae does not need to be fed animal products in order to grow.
The DHA produced in algae is an Omega-3 fatty acid that functions in the body as an anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and neurogenerative molecule, with increasing amounts of research proving the efficacy of its supplementation in the equine diet.
Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA) is an Omega-3 fatty acid. It is a derivative of Alpha-linolenic Acid (ALA) and Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), which are a part of the Polyunsaturated fatty acid family.
ALA, EPA and DHA are “essential fatty acids” because they are fundamental for bodily processes, yet they cannot be made in the body and have to be obtained from the diet. EPA and DHA can be synthesized from ALA, but due to low conversion efficiency in the horse, it is recommended to supplement the diet with DHA. Some feeds that are classically high in DHA include flax, plant oils, green pasture and hay.
DHA, in particular, is well-known as a substance that can improve cognitive health, visual development, skin and coat condition and embryonic growth. Many equine studies cite that dietary supplementation of Omega-3 fatty acids may also alter inflammatory processes in joints, reducing the severity of pain and inflammation caused by age or performance-related joint problems.
Flax oil is a plant oil that is extracted from flaxseed and has the highest concentration of Omega-3 fatty acids of all of the plant oils. Because of its high Omega-3 concentration, palatable taste and wide availability, flax oil is one of the most common Omega-3 fatty acid and energy supplements in horse nutrition.
In addition to Omega-3 fatty acids, Omega-6 fatty acids are also found in flax oil. The combination of Omega-3 and Omega-6 is of particular interest in horse nutrition because of the positive effects they have on inflammation, immunity and cardiovascular health.
Horses are not able to produce Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids themselves, so they must be consumed in the diet, and flax oil is a great choice. Horses may require the addition of fat to their diet to increase dietary calorie density and assist in fighting inflammation, but it can also be used to add a healthy gloss to the hair coat. This might require as little as 80-120 mL of oil per day, up to 500 mL. As with all dietary changes, the addition of supplemental fats in the form of plant oils should be done slowly to allow the horse’s gastrointestinal tract to acclimatize.
Soybean oil is a plant oil that is extracted from the seeds of the soybean and is used as a fatty acid supplement in equine nutrition.
The ratio of linoleic acid (omega-6) and alpha-linolenic acid (omega-3) fatty acids differ among fat sources, especially plant oils. Soybean oil contains a higher proportion of omega-6, with an omega-6:3 ratio of around 7:1. These fatty acid ratios are of particular interest to researchers because of their effect on inflammation and immunity and also because horses are not able to produce these fatty acids themselves, so they must be consumed in the diet.
Horses may require the addition of fat to their diet to increase dietary calorie density, but it can also be used to add a healthy gloss to the hair coat. This might require as little as 80-120 mL of oil per day, up to 500 mL. As with all dietary changes, the addition of supplemental fats in the form of plant oils should be done slowly to allow the horse’s gastrointestinal tract to acclimatize.
Vitamin E is the shared name for eight different fat-soluble, naturally-occurring compounds: a, b, g, and d-tocopherol and a, b, g, and d-tocotrienol. These compounds all have vitamin E activity and are comprised of a chromanol ring with differing phytyl side chains. The compound most commonly referred to as vitamin E is a-tocopherol and is widely considered to be the most biologically active form of all the vitamin E constituents.
The most natural form of alpha-tocopherol is d-alpha-tocopherol, and is only synthesized in plants so it must be obtained through the diet. Fresh, grass pasture contains the highest concentrations of d-alpha-tocopherol, however, a large number of horses do not have year-round access to grass pasture and their diets consist mostly of hay, so alpha-tocopherol is often added to most commercial feed formulations or top-dressed as a supplement.
Vitamin E functions as a powerful antioxidant, meaning it protects the body tissue from damage caused by free radicals. Free radicals are produced during normal cellular metabolism and can harm cells, tissues, and organs if not kept in balance with proper antioxidant levels.
Other functions of Vitamin E:
- Immune function – important for defense against viruses and bacteria
- Formation of red blood cells
- Helps widen blood vessels and keep blood from clotting inside them
- Used in cellular communication, used to carry out many important functions.
Research confirms that the different forms of vitamin E available to be supplemented can have a significant impact on vitamin E levels in the blood. The most bioavailable forms of vitamin E should only be used in order to properly formulate balanced equine diets, to treat vitamin E deficiency and its associated conditions and aid in exercise recovery.
w-3 Oil energy supplement is designed as an energy and essential fatty acid supplement to support cardiovascular function, skin, joint health, and weight maintenance.
Administer orally top dressed on feed.
Product should be introduced gradually and increased as necessary. Total dietary fat should not exceed 8% for equine diets.
100 mL per day per 500 kg (1100 lb) of body weight
200 mL per day per 500 kg (1100 lb) of body weight
Store inside away from heat, sparks and flame. Protect from freezing temperatures.
Do not use in animals with bleeding disorders, unless directed by a veterinarian.
Per mL serving
|Ingredients||Per 100 mL|
|Proprietary Blend of Soybean, flax and DHA Oil||99||mL|
|Vitamin E (d-alpha-tocopherol)||1000||mg|
|Quantity||Days Supplied||Serving Size||Cost Per Day|
|Cost Per Day||30 mL / day||$0.33|
|100 mL / day||$1.10|
|200 mL / day||$2.20|
Customer Questions About This Product
A previously answered question says there is a pump available for this product for $4, but I cannot find that anywhere on the site. How many mL does the pump dispense per pump and how can I order one?
Q A previously answered question says there is a pump available for this product for $4, but I cann...... Read moreA Hi Amber, We unfortunately don't pumps in stock at the moment that work with our new packaging. We are working on trying to get a reliable supply. In the meantime, you may find that a veterinary syringe available at most tack shops is a more reliable way to measure out the oil!
You sell & ship to the U S A?
Q You sell & ship to the U S A?A Yes, we provide free shipping across the US for all orders over $40
What dose do you recommend for a horse with heaves? He is on a hay diet with no grain, beet pulp as a carrier for his vitamin and mineral supplement.
Q What dose do you recommend for a horse with heaves? He is on a hay diet with no grain, beet pulp ...... Read moreA Hi Denise, This depends on your horse's body condition. If your horse is at a healthy body weight, a 100 mL feeding rate per day is recommended. If your horse is overweight, a 30 - 60 mL feeding rate is recommended. For heaves, you can also look into Spirulina which has been shown to support respiratory health.
How long typically do users start to notice a change in the coat or arthritis of their horses?
Q How long typically do users start to notice a change in the coat or arthritis of their horses?A
Within a couple of months for the coat. With regards to the arthritis, it may take longer or it may not actually get noticeably better if there is too much cartilage degradation in the joint. What it will do is slow down the further degradation though, by reducing the inflammatory response.
I would like to use w-3 oil to support an arthritic horse, but I am concerned about weight gain with this oil. How much can I feed to gain the joint health benefits but to prevent or minimize weight gain?
Q I would like to use w-3 oil to support an arthritic horse, but I am concerned about weight gain w...... Read moreA w-3 oil is a great option of arthritic horses, the DHA in w-3 oil has excellent research support for helping arthritic horses. There may be other aspects of the diet that can be adjusted to minimize weight gain while feeding w-3 oil. You can submit your horse's diet and one of our equine nutritionists can give you their feedback!
What can I do for my horse who will not eat the w-3 oil when I first introduce it?
Q What can I do for my horse who will not eat the w-3 oil when I first introduce it?A We suggest introducing the oil a little bit at a time. Give just a few drops at first or you can mix it with a grain that your horse likes. The oil can also be soaked with the feeds you are giving. You may need to give it a few tries - horses have an incredibly good sense of smell! But the majority of customers report that this is one of the most palatable and easiest supplements to get your horse to eat!
Can you tell me the recommended temperature range for storage. Do you have any recommendations for storage in the winter/summer
Q Can you tell me the recommended temperature range for storage. Do you have any recommendations fo...... Read moreA
Ideally, it would be stored at 5 to 20 degrees Celsius. Higher temperatures will speed up oxidation and shorten the shelf life of the product. Lower temperatures are ok, you might get some gelling of the product if it gets too low that won't go back in solution, but it would still be safe to feed.
I have a PPID (cushings) whom we suspect of IR as well. Does this contain any sugars or starches? He’s a hard keeper, and just looking to supplement some added fat without having to buy 3 different things.
Q I have a PPID (cushings) whom we suspect of IR as well. Does this contain any sugars or starches?...... Read moreA
Stephanie - No, w-3 Oil does not contain sugar or starch. It is a safe energy source for horses with PPID.
Is it safe to give W-3 oil to my pregnant horse?
Q Is it safe to give W-3 oil to my pregnant horse?A Yes, it is safe to give w-3 Oil to a pregnant horse. However, we recommend all pregnant horses to undergo a diet evaluation with our nutrition consultant first before starting any new supplement. You can submit your horse's diet for analysis at http://madbarn.com/analyze-diet/
If the oil freezes in the tack room, will this affect it in any way?
Q If the oil freezes in the tack room, will this affect it in any way?A
It may lead to some separation, shake vigorously and it should be fine.
How does w3 oil compare to canpressco oil?
Q How does w3 oil compare to canpressco oil?A
Hi Michelle - Camelina oil has an omega-3 fatty acid profile similar to flax, but it is just more expensive. Our w-3 Oil is a combination of flax oil, soybean oil, DHA, and natural vitamin E. W-3 oil is mainly used to specifically supplement DHA, the long-chain omega-3 fatty acid typically found in fish. We use an algal source of DHA, as it is a more sustainable source and also more palatable. DHA has been shown to improve cognitive function, reduce inflammation, improve joint function, and improve cardiovascular performance to name a few of the benefits. All mammals can synthesize DHA from ALA (the omega-3 fatty acid found in plant sources like camelina and flax), but the conversion is less than 1%, so supplementation is the only way to achieve significantly higher levels in the body.
How is the omega 3 higher than omega 6 when the primary ingredient in this product is soybean oil with a much higher omega 6:3 ration
Q How is the omega 3 higher than omega 6 when the primary ingredient in this product is soybean oil...... Read moreA
Hi Summer - The reason we use soybean oil in the w-3 Oil formulation is to enhance palatability and increase stability of the DHA. DHA oxidizes rapidly and is not palatable on it's own. The addition of DHA and flax oil brings the omega-3:6 ratio in line to around 3:1.
Can I feed this to a horse with Cushings/PPID? I have an older cushings horse that needs to gain a tinny bit more wight. We are already doing beet pulp.
Q Can I feed this to a horse with Cushings/PPID? I have an older cushings horse that needs to gain ...... Read moreA
Yes, this can be fed to a Cushings/PPID horse
I had a bottle and at the end there was a fair bit of sediment in the bottom that was fairly solid, that went to waste. Like an inch worth? What is it?
Q I had a bottle and at the end there was a fair bit of sediment in the bottom that was fairly soli...... Read moreA Hi Catherine, Sometimes part of the product might solidify and settle to the bottom over time. The best way to avoid this is to keep the oil in a consistent room-temperature environment and shake it up regularly. The solids at the bottom are completely safe to feed to your horse and are rich in DHA. We have recently reformulated the product to make it less likely for solids to form at the bottom of the container.
How does w-3 oil compare to feeding hemp oil?
Q How does w-3 oil compare to feeding hemp oil?A
w-3 is specifically formulated to provide high levels of DHA, which is only found from marine sources. Hemp oil is like most other vegetable oils in that it contains higher levels of omega-6 than 3, with the exception of flax or camelina oils. Hemp does contain some GLA, which other vegetable oils do not, nor does the w-3. The benefits of GLA are less clear than the numerous studies showing the positive health benefits of supplementing DHA in the diet.
Hello, is the Soybean oil non gmo?
Q Hello, is the Soybean oil non gmo?A No - The soybean oil that is in our w-3 Oil is not non-GMO.
I am looking at your w-3 Oil omega 3 product. I see a dha number on it but no epa. Can you tell me what the levels are per serving?
Q I am looking at your w-3 Oil omega 3 product. I see a dha number on it but no epa. Can you tell m...... Read moreA There is no EPA in our product or at least very low levels.
How does your w-3 Oil compare to Camelina oil? I see they have different omega 3:6 ratios. How would the effects of the two ratios compare?
Q How does your w-3 Oil compare to Camelina oil? I see they have different omega 3:6 ratios. How wo...... Read moreA w-3 Oil has an omega 3:6 ratio of around 3:1. Camelina oil has a ratio of 1.2-1.6:1. The w-3 oil is really a DHA supplement, which is only found in algae and fish oil. It's meant to supplement DHA, as there is none in the normal diet of the horse and the conversion of ALA to DHA in all mammals is quite poor - so providing DHA in the diet is the most effective way for increasing levels. DHA is a potent anti-inflammatory, helps with focus, heart health etc. When looking at ratios, you really have to analyze the whole diet. For example, corn oil is high in omega-6, but if you're only adding a little bit, the overall omega-3:6 ratio is not going to be impacted much as the forage portion will be contributing a significant portion of the omega-3 fatty acids. If you're feeding a lot of grain/fat supplements on the other hand, it may be skewing the diet higher in Omega-6 then you would definitely want to look at adding flax or camelina oil to bring the ratio back to 1:1.
How efficiently can horses absorb DHA if it is not normally part of their diet?
Q How efficiently can horses absorb DHA if it is not normally part of their diet?A Fatty acids are all efficiently absorbed. There are a lot of studies in this field.
Can your w-3 oil be given to dogs?
Q Can your w-3 oil be given to dogs?A Our w-3 Oil can be given to dogs.
Is w-3 Oil or Camelina Oil better for horses with arthritis?
Q Is w-3 Oil or Camelina Oil better for horses with arthritis?A Our w-3 Oil is much higher in omega-3 fatty acids than camelina oil. High levels of dietary omega-3 fatty acids can certainly help with arthritis. It will save you money and work better.
Do you sell pumps for the oil jugs?
Q Do you sell pumps for the oil jugs?A Yes, we carry pumps in stock. The cost is $4 and it can be added on to your order.
I am wondering if your W3 oil would also assist with weight gain or maintaining weight?
Q I am wondering if your W3 oil would also assist with weight gain or maintaining weight?A If the goal is just to put on weight, canola oil is the least expensive option. w-3 contains DHA which helps with joints, focus and general health and is not found in any plant based oils. All oil/fat are essentially the same caloric density, so as to the efficacy of weight management, they would all be equal.
How does W-3 Oil compare to Equine Omega Complete?
Q How does W-3 Oil compare to Equine Omega Complete?A Compared to EOC, our w-3 Oil is much more cost-effective (about half the price) and contains a better overall balance of fatty acids, with a blend of soybean and flax oils. It also contains high levels of DHA, which is an omega-3 fatty acid sourced from marine sources. EOC uses fish oil, which can sometimes be hard to get horses to eat. Our DHA source is derived from marine algae, so there is less of a smell and it is generally better accepted.
I have a horse with skin allergies and difficulty gaining weight. Will w-3 Oil help?
Q I have a horse with skin allergies and difficulty gaining weight. Will w-3 Oil help?A Our w-3 Oil will certainly help with your horse's skin issues and will assist with weight gain at appropriate levels. A good strategy to tackle both the skin issues and weight gain, would be to feed a blend of the w-3 Oil with plain vegetable oil. That way, you get the benefits of the omega-3 supplementation and the additional vegetable oil is an inexpensive way to add more energy to the diet without the downsides of feeding higher volumes of commercial grain.
How long does 4 L of w-3 oil last?
Q How long does 4 L of w-3 oil last?A 4 L will last ~ 130 days if you just feed 1 ounce/30 mL per day, ~65 days if you feed 60 mL per day. We generally recommend starting at 30 mL and working up to a maximum of 250 mL per day.
Do you recommend Camelina Oil?
Q Do you recommend Camelina Oil?A As for camelina oil, save your money and use flax oil or ground flax. It's actually higher in omega-3 than camelina oil. Camelina is a close cousin to flax that people are spending significant effort and money to market as some kind of wonder oil, when it's basically just flax oil. If you want to really give a boost of omega-3, we have the w-3 oil which is high in DHA, the omega-3 that you can't get from plant based sources and has many benefits.
How does Camelina Oil compare to W-3 Oil?
Q How does Camelina Oil compare to W-3 Oil?A We don't recommend using camelina oil. Save your money and use flax oil or ground flax. It's actually higher in omega-3 than camelina oil. Camelina is a close cousin to flax that people are spending significant effort and money to market as some kind of wonder oil, when it's basically just flax oil. If you want to really give a boost of omega-3, we have the w-3 oil which is high in DHA, the omega-3 that you can't get from plant based sources and has many benefits.
I'm interested in feeding my horse the w-3 oil, but I'm worried about palatability. I have tried other essential fat supplements and my horse didn't like them due to the smell. What make w-3 oil different?
Q I'm interested in feeding my horse the w-3 oil, but I'm worried about palatability. I have tried ...... Read moreA Our w-3 Oil is very palatable, as it contains a DHA source that is not derived from fish. While many horses do not like the taste or smell of fish oil, the microalgea-sourced omega 3's we use are much easier to get your horse to eat.
What is the shelf-life of w-3 oil?
Q What is the shelf-life of w-3 oil?A w-3 Oil has a 12 month shelf life from the date of manufacture and we recommend that it be stored in a dark, cool place.
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