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Braham & Murray hemp ingredients for horses offer unique added value to rations. We are FEMAS accredited and have worked extensively with leading equine nutritionists and the Royal Dick School of Veterinary Studies on the applications of hemp ingredients in equine diets.

Hemp ingredients are ideal for a wide range of feeding strategies.

The Fats and Fibres in hemp offer genuine category extension and point of difference to conventional cereal based rations. In addition, hemp has distinct benefits over other sources of fats due to its unique composition on long chain fatty acids.

Fatty Acid Compositon of Oils - Kings CollegeSummary of Report on Hemp Ingredients in Equine Diets by Dr Jo-Anne Murray PHD PGDIP BSC RNUTR BHSII

All Braham & Murray Hemp Ingredients are:

  • Free From Gluten
  • Free From Dairy & Lactose
  • Free From GMO
  • Free from Pesticides
  • Free from Hexane
  • Free from Soya
  • Free from Phytoestrogens
  • Free from Enzyme Inhibitors


Dietary fats are required by horses to facilitate absorption of fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K, and as a source of the essential fatty acids (EFAs), Omega 3 and Omega 6, which are not synthesised by the body.

Together, n-6 and n-3 fatty acids play a crucial role in brain function as well as normal growth and development.

Deficiencies in n-3 and n-6 FAs can lead to:

  • Reduced growth
  • Dermatitis
  • Infertility
  • Compromised Immunity
  • Reduced Wound Healing

Metabolic utilization of absorbed fat is highly efficient in horses.

Fats can be used to:

  • Increase Energy
  • Substitute for starchy cereal grains

Digested Oils provide 2.25 times more utilizable energy than an equal weight of digested carbohydrate or protein.

Using oils in the diet reduces the need for high levels of cereal grains, which are detrimental to gut health and for example, are ideal for pregnant mares in late gestation with reduced appetite but increased energy requirement.

In horses, feeding levels of oils recommended up to 15% of total ration (DM Basis) without any effect on fibre digestibility.



  • Improved power to weight ratio (reduction in DM intake and ballast)
  • Decreased metabolic heat production
  • Enhanced stamina as a result of muscle glycogen sparing
  • Improved sprint performance due to increased energy transduction from anaerobic glycolysis.
  • Mitigation of Acideamia during intense exercise


  • Reduced anxiety and aggression (reduction on crib-biting, windsucking, weaving)
  • Lower stress levels in foals

Lactation, Reproductive performance and Growth:

  • Increases milk fat content at days 10 & 60 of lactation without affecting protein and total solids.

Health (with Omega 3 rich oil):

  • Decrease in inflammatory conditions
  • Reduced indicators of Pulmonary inflammation
  • Lower heart rate in exercising horses (delaying onset of fatigue)
  • Positive effects on fertility and foetal development
  • Improved seminal characteristics in stallions


The balance of Omega 3 to Omega 6 in the diet is important. There is a complex interaction between these EFAs including a competition for enzymes controlling the metabolic pathways between these two groups of fats.

Too much of one fatty acid can stop the formation of the other fatty acid. Too much Omega 6 inhibits the formation of Omega 3. For example, horses fed high levels of Corn or Soya Oil can be supplied with excess amounts of Omega 6.

Too much Omega 6 leads to:

  • Negative Cardiovascular effects
  • Inflammatory effects

Correct levels of Omega 3 lead to:

  • Beneficial Cardiovascular effects
  • Anti-inflamatory effects
  • Beneficial Neurological effects
  • Beneficial Reproductive effects


Hempseed oil is cold pressed from seed at temperatures below 38ºC and unlike commonly used oils in equine nutrition is not chemically refined or treated in any way.

Compared to oils commonly used in horse diets hemp oil contains:

  • The highest level of polyunsaturated fats
  • One of the Lowest levels of Saturated fats
  • Optimal ratio of Omega 3 to Omega 6 at 3:1
  • A rich source of Omega 3 and Omega 6
  • High amounts of γ-linolenic acid and stearidonic acid, the biologic metabolites of LA and ALA, respectively, which none of the other commonly utilised vegetable oils in horse diets contain. Therefore, due to metabolic competition between the two EFAs for access to the ∆-6 desaturase to convert LA and ALA to γ-linolenic acid (GLA) and stearidonic acid (SDA), respectively, the presence of both GLA and SDA in hempseed oil allows this enzymatic step with ∆-6-desaturase to be efficiently by- passed.

Hemp Oil provides added value in horse diets because it is:

  • Highly palatable
  • Very efficient source of dietary energy
  • Contains unique forms of Omega 3 and Omega 6 in the most efficient form to metabolise of any plant oil without the toxins and dioxins of fish oils.
  • Delivers correct ration of Omega 3 and Omega 6 without causing imbalance
  • Completely traceable


Hemp seed meal ingredients contain high levels of Omega Oils, Protein and Fibre. They are proven to be highly palatable for horses and contain:

  • Excellent digestible fibre
  • Excellent “complete” protein
  • Free from enzyme inhibitors.
  • GM Free
  • Free from Heating
  • Free from phytoestrogens

Hemp Oil

Hemp Seed Oil

  • Efficient source of dietary energy with improved power to weight ratio.
  • Enhances stamina as result of muscle glycogen sparing
  • Mitigates Acideamia during high intensity exercise
  • Decreases metabolic heat production
  • Low risk source of energy ideal for horses at risk of Gastric Ulcers, Hind- Gut Acidosis, Azoturia, Laminitis and Colic.
  • Ideal for Pregnant mares in late gestation with appetite but increased energy requirement.


Hemp Protein

Hemp Protein Powder

  • High source of Protein with 50% Protein
  • Contains all 20 Amino Acids
  • Contains all 9 Essential Amino Acids
  • Naturally Rich in Omega 3 (with SDA)
  • Source of GLA (Omega Gamma Linoleic Acid)
  • Rich source of Dietary Fibre
  • Free from Soya
  • Free from Phytoestrogens
  • Free from Enzyme Inhibitors


Find Ground Hemp Expeller

Fine Ground Hemp Expeller

  • Excellent digestible fibre content
  • NDF 45.54 g/100g on DM Basis
  • ADF 33.48 g/100g on DM Basis
  • Good “Complete” Protein content
  • Free from any enzyme inhibitors – unlike Soybean Meal.
  • Free from heating

Hulled Hemp Seed

Shelled Hemp Seed

  • Highly Palatable
  • Rich source of Omega 3 and Omega 6 (GLA) fats
  • Rich source of Protein
  • Good source of dietary fibre

Hemp Cake

Condensed Hemp Cake

  • Ideal base for healthy treats High Omega 3 & 6
  • (GLA) fat content
  • High Protein Content
  • Elastic physical properties
  • 100% Natural