Posted by Joyce Harman, DVM, MRCVS on Apr 10th 2023
Hemp as a clean and sustainable source of healthy protein, Omega 3’s and CBD for horses
Hemp protein from hemp seeds has emerged as a healthy and sustainable alternative to traditional protein sources for horses as well as humans. Rich in essential amino acids, hemp protein offers a comprehensive nutritional profile that supports the maintenance, growth, and overall well-being of these animals. The high concentration of branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs) present in hemp protein is particularly beneficial for horses, as BCAAs contribute to muscle development and repair, enhancing their strength and endurance. Additionally, hemp protein contains an ideal ratio of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, which promote healthy skin, coat, and hooves, as well as support immune function and reduce inflammation. By incorporating hemp protein into a horse's diet, owners can provide their equine companions with a nutrient-dense and easily digestible protein source.
The sustainability of hemp protein extends to its use in equine diets as well. As a fast-growing plant that requires minimal water and land resources, hemp is an environmentally friendly choice for horse owners looking to reduce the impact of their animals' diet on the planet. Hemp plants are naturally resistant to pests, reducing the need for chemical intervention, and their cultivation can improve soil health through the prevention of erosion and soil compaction. By opting for hemp protein, horse owners can contribute to a more sustainable food system that benefits the environment and future generations.
Incorporating hemp protein into a horse's diet not only enhances their health, but also supports more responsible and sustainable agricultural practices. With its exceptional nutritional profile and environmentally friendly cultivation, hemp protein presents an increasingly attractive option for horse owners seeking a sustainable and healthy protein source. As more individuals recognize the benefits of hemp protein for horses, it is poised to become an integral part of equine nutrition and a driving force in promoting sustainable animal feed practices.
Since most concentrated feeds contain Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) grains, especially soybean (for its high protein content,) hemp offers a valuable organic source of protein for those horses that need it. For horses that do not need a high protein supplement, but could use a bit of extra protein as well as Omega 3’s the organic hemp seeds offer a great mix of both. And for those that just need the Omega 3 fatty acids, organic hemp oil is a tasty source.
The amazing hemp plant also can be harvested at the flower stage to produce hemp rich in CBD, which Dr Harman often uses in horses with immune system issues, Lyme disease, pain in various parts and many other conditions.