What is Wellpride?
Wellpride is an equine omega 3 supplement, made from fresh and pure human-grade fish oil. Wellpride contains effective doses of the omega-3 fatty acids EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid). EPA and DHA are considered to be the main workhorses of the omega-3 family, and the vast majority of the omega-3 research to date has focused on these two fatty acids.
How is Wellpride different from other omega 3 supplements for horses?
Wellpride is a superior equine omega 3 oil in several ways. First and foremost, Wellpride is a pure fish oil that delivers effective dosages of both EPA and DHA omega-3s. Many equine omega-3 supplements don’t contain any EPA or DHA, in spite of the fact that it’s these two molecules that are crucial for fighting inflammation and that are important for brain health and fertility. Other omega-3 oils for horses that do contain EPA and DHA often only contain tiny amounts — too little to make much of a difference at all.
Besides delivering effective dosages of omega-3s, Wellpride also provides a better quality fish oil than other brands. Wellpride is a purified, human-grade oil; in addition, it is also fresh, with better oxidation values than many omega-3 oils designed for the human market. The freshness factor also explains why Wellpride has a great taste and smell, making it easy for even the pickiest eaters to enjoy.
How can Wellpride help my horse?
Wellpride delivers effective doses of the omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA, which are crucial for the proper functioning of every cell in your horse’s body. Because of this, adding Wellpride to your horse’s diet can impact a number of areas, including your horse’s focus, respiratory system, joints, hooves, skin and coat, energy levels, and stomach. You can read more about the kinds of benefits horse owners have shared with us over the years on our Wellpride Success Stories page.
Is Wellpride a good source of energy?
Absolutely! As a fish oil, Wellpride makes a good calorically dense and “cold” source of energy (meaning it will not make a horse unmanageable). Wellpride delivers more energy than corn oil (270 Kcal/ounce). And in addition, because of its high content of healthy omega-3 fatty acids, Wellpride has the potential to positively impact your horse in other ways too.
Can I save money by switching to Wellpride?
One of our taglines for Wellpride is ‘Ready to see your supplement bills melt away?’ There’s a good reason for that. If you’re already spending money on other supplements and pharmaceuticals, you can often scale those back after a period of overlap. (If you are considering scaling back on pharmaceuticals, consult with your veterinarian first.)
As an example, here’s what happened to one of our employee’s horses — an 18-year-old, 1800 pound, slightly arthritic but still competing event horse. He was stabilized and sound and on a mix of supplements and shots. After four months of Wellpride, his owner began experimenting with what could be dropped or reduced. Ten months after adding Wellpride, his owner was saving $60 a month; and as a major bonus, the horse’s recovery rate was noticeably better after running cross-country, a benefit that the old program did not provide. OLD: $180 monthly for a double dose of a Glucosamine supplement, a double dose of a hoof supplement, and an all-over joint wellness injection every 4 weeks. NEW: $120 monthly for a double dose of Wellpride, plus the all-over joint wellness injection every 6 weeks.
How to Use Wellpride
How should Wellpride be given to horses?
The easiest way is to top-dress feed with Wellpride. Because Wellpride doesn’t smell or taste fishy, horses love it (even most picky eaters). You can also administer the daily dosage directly into the mouth. Regardless of your method, the specially designed Wellpride bottle lets you easily measure and pour the recommended daily dose.
How long does it take to start seeing results?
Wellpride is not a quick fix. Because it takes time for the omega-3 fatty acids to get fully absorbed into the cells, it can take several months to get concrete results, although most horse owners report noticing changes within 6 to 12 weeks.
Based on the observations horse owners have shared with us over the years, here’s the typical trajectory you might experience: Within the first month, you may start to notice your horse’s skin and coat improve, often including the disappearance of any allergic dermatitis and flaky skin. In the second month, you may begin to notice some overall improvements in the health of the horse, including in appetite, alertness, and temperament. Over the third and fourth months, you will generally see marked improvement in hoof quality, a lessening of joint pain, an increase in fertility, and so on. However, please remember that to get these kinds of results, it is important to be consistent with feeding Wellpride and to make sure you are giving your horse an adequate daily dose.
Should dosing be adjusted by weight or illness?
Our recommended daily maintenance dose for the average adult horse is one ounce of Wellpride (4.5 g of EPA and 3.0 g of DHA). However, as with other supplements and medications, you can adjust this amount according to the weight of your horse. We recommend adjusting downward to 3/4 or 1/2 ounce for ponies or foals, and upward to 1 1/2 to 2 ounces for drafts and other big horses. Age or infirmity might also dictate higher doses, especially for joint concerns, since research shows that the chronic inflammation-relieving benefits of EPA and DHA are dose-dependent.
How long do we need to keep horses on Wellpride?
Wellpride is not a pill that cures a sickness and then it’s over. Modern equine diets are systemically lacking in omega-3s and overloaded with omega-6s, with no end to this in sight. To keep filling that void and correct the omega-6/omega-3 ratio, you’ll need to keep supplementing your horse with adequate amounts of omega-3s.
Are there any contraindications to using Wellpride?
No. Wellpride is a natural equine omega 3 supplement containing no preservatives. It can be used in conjunction with most other medications and supplements.
Can you legally use Wellpride for race or competitive horses?
Despite the fact that fish oil works on the same biochemical pathways as many pain relieving and anti-inflammatory drugs (commonly referred to as NSAIDs), there is absolutely no rule in any breed or sport against competing while using Wellpride, nor would there be any reason to have such a ban. Giving your horse a dose of Wellpride would be the same as if you yourself ate a fish dinner the night before you ran in the Olympics.
To learn more about the benefits of using Wellpride for competitive horses, read A Natural Alternative: How Fish Oil Delivers Similar Benefits to NSAIDs in Horses and Using Fish Oil to Finish Out the Show Season.
Is it necessary to keep Wellpride refrigerated?
You can keep Wellpride in the refrigerator if you would like to and have access to it, but it is not absolutely necessary. Keeping the container tightly closed in a cool place out of direct sunlight will normally be enough to keep it fresh. However, once you open a Wellpride bottle and expose the oil to oxygen, be sure to finish it within 6 weeks for optimal freshness.
Can I give Wellpride to my dog?
In short: Yes, you can. As good as omega-3 fish oil is for your horse, it can provide similar benefits in dogs and other animals. However, if you are going to give Wellpride to other animals, including your dog, you’ll want to adjust the dose accordingly. For more information on appropriate dosing,read this blog on the topic or speak with your veterinarian.
What omega-3 supplement do you recommend for me?
If you are interested in an omega supplement for yourself, we highly recommend trying any of the products created by Wellpride’s sister company, Omega3 Innovations. Omega3 Innovations makes a fresh, full-spectrum omega-3 cod liver oil for people called Omega Cure®, and also uses that same oil to make wholesome cookie and chocolate products that deliver full doses of omega-3s, plus oat fiber and vitamin D3. Omega Cure is especially good for riders with aching joints, while the Omega Cookie® makes a smart breakfast for early mornings at the barn.
General Questions about Omega 3 and Fish Oil for Horses
What are essential fatty acids (EFAs)?
Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) are fatty acids that must be ingested through diet, as the body can’t manufacture them. There are two types of EFAs you need to be particularly conscious of: Omega-3 and omega-6. What’s important is the ratio of these fatty acids families to one another. Unfortunately today, most equine diets deliver virtually no omega-3s and scads more omega-6s than necessary.
What is the difference between omega-3 and omega-6?
Both omega-3s and omega-6s are critical for many different cellular functions. However, most notably, these two fatty acid families strongly impact the body’s inflammatory response. In simple terms, omega-6s help promote inflammation, while omega-3s help reduce inflammation. When the body gets a balanced amount of omega-6s and omega-3s, that is the optimal combination for good health. But today, there is a strong need for equine omega-3 supplementation because the modern industrialized diet has both decreased in omega-3s (through depletion of pasture) and increased in omega-6s (through processing of feed). This imbalance has thrown the ideal ratio way out of whack for not just people but their horses too.
Why does omega-6 promote inflammation?
When your horse cuts himself or pulls a muscle, he has an inflammatory response resulting in increased heat, redness, swelling, pain and an army of infection-fighting white blood cells. The purpose of this reaction is to eliminate toxic agents, irritants and damaged tissues — a good thing for a brief time. However, the body sometimes gets confused about what signals are harmful, and in some cases, it can start attacking itself, as with arthritis and other auto-immune diseases. When omega-6 is not kept in check with a sufficient amount of omega-3, a state of chronic inflammation results. This in turn hastens and worsens arthritic and other inflammation-related symptoms.
How does omega-3 control inflammation?
The omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA provide the substrates for important molecules called protectins and resolvins, which do exactly what their name says: they protect against and resolve inflammation. Resolvins and protectins are important for helping shut down the ongoing inflammation in the body and limiting tissue damage.
How does flaxseed compare to fish oil?
Fish oil is a far better source of omega-3 than flaxseed. And here’s why: Flaxseed and other plant-based omega-3 sources only contain the short-chain alpha-linolenic acids (ALA). This immature member of the omega-3 family must be converted to the long-chain EPA and DHA fatty acids to be readily utilized by the body. Sounds fine, huh? Not really. Those overabundant omega-6s have once again caused problems. They block the transformation of ALA to EPA/DHA, and, on average, 90% of the flaxseed’s omega-3 gets lost in the conversion. If you instead feed fish oil, which contains ready-made EPA/DHA, you can reduce the quantity of oil you feed significantly. In fact, a horse taking just one ounce of Wellpride is taking the equivalent of one to two cups of flaxseed oil. Once you calculate the price per dose, you’ll see that a quality fish oil, like Wellpride, is the easiest and most affordable way to get sufficient quantities of the right omega-3s into your horse.
What food sources naturally carry high quantities of omega-3s?
You can get the short-chain ALA type of omega-3 in a variety of vegetable sources, including flaxseed, chia seeds, and walnuts. However, the full family of omega-3 fatty acids, including the long-chain EPA and DHA, are only found in fatty fish, breast milk, and certain types of algae.
Omega-6 is far more prevalent than omega-3 in modern equine diets. It is found in corn, sunflower, and safflower oils, and is a staple ingredient of processed foods.
Aren't commercial horse feeds and many supplements already omega balanced?
No. The manufactured feeds most horses receive today contain an exorbitant amount of omega-6 and minimal amounts of omega-3. This is because omega-6 oils are stable and inexpensive, while omega-3 oils are more expensive and easily go rancid when exposed to air, making them difficult to include in commercial feeds.
On the supplement side, quite a few products are labeled as “omega-balanced” with a blend of omega-3 and omega-6. But these “omega balanced” supplements do little to fix the overall imbalance in the diet. Picture a teeter-totter, with a heavy kid (omega-6) anchoring one end on the ground and a light kid (omega-3) sky-high on the other end. Now picture adding a light kid to each end of the teeter totter (a “balanced” omega-3 and omega-6 supplement). You’ve still failed to bring the board into balance. In short, you cannot correct an imbalance with balance, you can correct it only by adding just what you’re missing: pure omega-3.
Horses are herbivores. Why should they eat fish?
First of all, giving your horse Wellpride is not the same as feeding him fish. Wellpride contains only the oil from fish; it does not contain any protein. Secondly, we feed our horses many things they wouldn’t ingest naturally in an attempt to aid genetic and environmental shortfalls: Glucosamine is made from shrimp shells, for one.
Strange as it may seem, feeding fish oil is one of the smartest things you can do to support foundational good health. And that’s because every cell of your horses body needs omega-3 fatty acids to properly function.
Aren't ailment-specific omega-3 supplements better for horses?
With omega 3 oils having become some of the most doctor and veterinarian-recommended supplements worldwide, there has naturally been an attempt to improve upon nature with engineered substances based on fish oil and other marine sources. These supplements generally offer high levels of either EPA or DHA, but not both. Our position is that a natural and high-quality fish oil, free of over-processing, will provide the body with the most benefits, since the more you isolate and engineer the fatty acids, the more apt you are to disrupt important synergies.