What does “TOTALE” mean?
TOTALE is an Italian word, which means complete, or total.
Hemp for Healthy Horses
Recent growth in the cultivation of industrial hemp has provided access to high quality nutritional support for horses derived from the hemp seed. Though technically a nut, industrial hemp, also known as Cannabis sativa l, is growing in popularity as a support for health and wellbeing benefitting many equines with a range of conditions or ailments.
Hemp is related to marijuana but unlike its sister plant has virtually NO THC. Thus, consuming hemp derived products will not result in any psychogenic effects, ie. your horse will NOT feel high.
Part of the popularity regarding hemp can be attributed to its superior nutritional profile. Specifically, hemp contains all essential amino acids and is a highly digestible source of complete protein. The main proteins found in hemp are albumin, globulin and edestin. Together they are over 90% digestible. This is more highly digestible than any other source of protein available, including alfalfa, soy, legumes and grains.
The other benefit of hemp sourced nutritional supports lay in the complement of essential fatty acids associated with hemp derived products, including some omega-9s. Ideally balanced omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids are found in hemp. This balance is reflective of that found in grass and hemp contains all essential fatty acids.
A claim to fame that sets hemp derived products apart from other available sources is the content of GLA- gamma linolenic acid it contains, an important fatty acid in regulating inflammation in the body.
Compared to other commonly used oils, hemp derived products contains:
- the highest level of polyunsaturated fats
- a low level of saturated fats
- optimal ratio of Omega-3 to Omega-6 at 3:1
- high amounts of gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), an omega-6 fatty acid and stearidonic acid
Many conditions benefit from hemp in the diet including:
- dry or dull coat
- metabolic horses
- growing horses
- arthritis or other joint ailments
- pregnant or lactating mares
- hoof health
- underweight/geriatric patients
- horses in training
- gastric ulcers
- any horse recovering from surgery, colic, major sickness or trauma
Hemp is suitable as a support for horses of all ages and life stages, including neonates, mares in foal, breeding stallions, geriatrics, etc. Most horses will eat it up quite readily, if your horse shows any reluctance try starting with ¼-1/2 of the suggested feeding rate and work up.
Hemp derived products add value in horse diets because:
- highly palatable
- efficient source of dietary energy
- unique forms of Omega-3 and Omega-6 in ideal balance
Directions for support with filtrate:
- average sized horse, 500kg, feed 60ml of filtrate daily
- ponies or smaller horses, feed 30ml of filtrate daily
- heavy working horses, feed 90-120ml of filtrate daily
Hemp protein adds value in horse diets because:
- excellent digestible fibre
- excellent complete and highly digestible protein
- free from enzyme inhibitors and phytoestrogens
Directions for support with protein cake:
- average sized horse, 1/2c 1-2 times daily
- ponies or smaller horses, ¼ c 1-2 times daily
- heavy working horses, 1c 1-2 times daily
Do not use hemp if active bleeding or if any known coagulation disorder. Not suggested for horses in FEI, Equine Canada, or racing events where horses may be drug tested.