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Equine FAQ's

Do you supply a pump?

Yes! Pumps can be included with any purchase of a Camelina product.

How long will a 1 gal jug last me?

That entirely depends on the dose you are feeding. The recommended dose for an average horse is 1 fl oz once or twice daily with feed. So the 1 gal container will last about 128 days if you feed 1 fl oz daily. The 1 gal jug will last the average horse 60+ days if you offer 1 fl oz twice daily.

Why does your label say don't feed this product to pregnant or lactating mares or horses with bleeding issues?

Smart Earth Camelina Oil is approved as an LRVP - a Low Risk Veterinary Supplement for horses and dogs. Our product carries a caution that it should not be used by pregnant or lactating mares or horses with bleeding issues. Despite the fact that there is no evidence camelina oil creates harm or risk to lactating mares or horses with bleeding issues, because there are no long term, documented, studies to the contrary, these risk statements are mandatory.

Is there any clinical research showing that your product works?

There has not been any clinical research on horses fed camelina oil, to our knowledge. However, there are many articles on the health benefits of alpha-linolenic and other polyunsaturated fatty acids in both animals and humans. We do have a research summary of the apparent benefits of adding Long Chain Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids of the type found in Camelina to the diet of horses. We can send you this research sample on request.

What is the composition of your oil?

At Smart Earth we have developed world class varieties of Camelina, and our oil is 100% non-GMO, cold-pressed and grown by great farmers in Saskatchewan. Here's an excerpt from a recent academic paper entitled Bioactive Compounds, Nutritional Quality and Oxidative Stability of Cold-Pressed Camelina (Camelina sativa L.) Oils - this should address your question about the value of Camelina oil for human (and equine) health: "The high nutritional value of camelina oil is primarily related to its fatty acid profile. It contains only about 10% saturated fatty acids (SFA), mainly palmitic (16:0), stearic (18:0) and eicosanoic (20:0) acids. Oleic (18:1) (14–16%) and eicosenoic acids (20:1) (12–15%) are predominant in monounsaturated fatty acids. Over half of the total fatty acid pool is constituted of polyunsaturated fatty acid (PUFA), of which the highest proportions are a-linolenic acid (ALA) (18:3) (31–40%) and linoleic acid (LA) (18:2) (15–23%). Of particular importance is the high content of ALA, which is considered an n-3 essential fatty acid, and whose supply in the diet is very often insufficient. a-Linolenic acid is very important in the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular diseases, hypertension, and in ensuring proper vision and the general functioning of the human organism. In addition, Rahman et al. showed that Camelina sativa L., upon consumption, may exert anti-obesity and antidiabetic effects, and may also inhibit human low-density lipoprotein (LDL) oxidation and DNA damage induced by peroxyl and hydroxyl radicals. The seed extracts of camelina showed significant antioxidant activity and effectively inhibited pancreatic lipase and a-glucosidase activities. These enzymes in the digestive tract are associated with lipid and carbohydrate digestion, respectively, and control obesity and blood glucose level in the human body. The nutritional benefits of camelina oil have been known and appreciated for many years, as demonstrated by its use in herbal medicine (for wounds, treatment of burns, stomach ulcers, and eye inflammations). The plant is often recommended as a dietary oil to supplement deficiencies of the n-3 acids family. Cold-pressed camelina oil is also rich in non-glycerols—the content of tocopherols varies between 55.6–99.4 mg/100 g, and sterols from 360 to 590 mg/100 g. Camelina oil is characterized by a very high nutritional value; therefore, the consumption of this oil can improve human health, especially in industrialized countries."

I really want the other benefits your product offers but am concerned as I have seen it predominantly advertised as a weight gain supplement- Can I feed the product without adding weight? What would be your suggested dose?

You absolutely can feed Camelina oil without contributing to weight gain. We would suggest feeding your horse 1 fl oz/day initially and increase/decrease the dosage based on your results.

My horse has Cushings – is it OK to give her Camelina?

We have had many customers who have had great success feeding Smart Earth to horses with Cushings disease. If you are concerned we do advise our customers to consult with their vet before starting supplementation with Camelina Oil.

My horse has laminitis and founder - is your oil safe?

Smart Earth Camelina Oil is laminitis and founder safe. We have a client who swears the only reason her horse survived a founder was because of the oil. It is a safe fat supplement for them and will help reduce inflammation as it’s a natural anti inflammatory.

My horse is currently not sound due to arthritis or other injury - will your product make my horse sound again?

While we cannot guarantee our product will make your horse sound again - it is a natural anti-inflammatory. Many of our clients have seen great success after feeding the product to arthritic horses. We have many regular customers who feed Camelina because of the clearly visible changes in their horses’ mobility.

My horse has a suspected metabolic condition- is it ok to give her Camelina?

We strongly encourage our clients to consult with their veterinarian if they suspect their horse has a metabolic condition. Our product is safe to feed to horses with metabolic conditions and has been a great help for many horses suffering with various metabolic problems.

Does it help with sweet itch?

We have received testimonials from clients who report improvement in horses suffering from severe sweet itch. For example: "My mare is no longer rubbing and biting her body raw since starting the oil." There is one Canadian research study showing that Omega3 fatty acids of the type found in Camelina reduces skin irritations in horses without side effects.

I have miniature horses- is your product safe for miniature horses? What should the dose be?

Our product is absolutely safe for miniature horses. Because they are obviously a lot smaller than what our standard dose is meant to feed we suggest 1/2 fl oz total per day. You can adjust your dosage as you see fit to get the results you are looking for.

Do you have tips on how to introduce the oil to a finicky horse?

We suggest using a very small amount of oil the first time and slowly increase the amount. Make sure it’s evenly dispersed across his feed. You could also try soaking it. If you have any problems with those methods let us know and we can offer some more suggestions.

What's the ratio of Omega 3 to Omega 6 in Camelina oil?

Camelina oil is high in ALA with a 2:1 ratio of omega 3s to omega 6s.

Is your camelina organic?

We contract our Camelina production to responsible conventional farmers. At present we do not have certified organic growers.

Your label says for long-term storage the product needs to be kepts at 5 degrees C. How long is the oil stable at 20C?

The oil is fine to consume after 2 years at 20C (70F) if unopened and stored in the dark, but not as fresh as it could be. It depends on whether it has been exposed to air and light too. As a general rule we say our oil is fine after 1 year if opened and at room temperature not kept in the dark. The peroxide value is an indication of oxidation stability. Our oil must have a pv of less than 5 when freshly crushed. This value increases as it oxidizes. A pv of >20 is not recommended. We consider long term storage is 2 years at 5C (40F) but at least 5 years if kept frozen. Hope this helps.

Can you feed camelina oil to cats and dogs?

Yes. Dogs love it! Dog dose: 5 mL (1 teaspoon) per 25 lb body weight) once daily. Cats - just a drizzle on their food.

Is it OK for human consumption?

Our non-GMO cold-pressed Camelina oil is approved as a veterinary supplement for horses and for dogs. As a high omega oil it is processed in a food-grade facility and it has been sold to other buyers for human consumption. But we presently are not marketing it as such or selling it in the retail grocery store.

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