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post #1 of 34 Old 01-06-2013, 07:54 PM Thread Starter
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Feeding horses BOSS concerns

I feed my horses BOSS for the first time starting last Feb. I liked how shiny it made their coats and how they started sheding earlier than usual. My farrier even notice improvement on their hoofs. But I have been hearing some concerns about giving horses BOSS. I am wondering what I can feed my horse that would give the same results as BOSS. I have thought about Flexseed but can't seem to find it around here, or I don't know where to look for it at. Any advice would be appreciated. My oldest horse is ten and the youngest is two. I don't know if that makes a difference but just in case. They seem very sound.


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post #2 of 34 Old 01-06-2013, 07:56 PM
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Do you mean flax seed? You should be able to get that at the normal store. Take just a little and crush it before you give it to them to release the oils.

I know it can be good for them and wehre to find it, but I never really followed up on it and that's about all I know lol. But yeah, flax seed should just be available at your supermarket.
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Here's a more thorough source, which addresses how much and how to prepare flax seed. You'll likely find the whole flax at the store, which you can grind, or this article says it might be ok to feed whole:

Flax Seed: How and why to feed it | EQUINE Ink
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Although I haven't fed BOSS, it is popular here for non-horse livestock even though it is expensive.
I use whole flaxseed and yes it can be hard to find.
If there is a good feed mill nearby they usually have the ability to order it(as well as just about anything else you could want) in for you, or call a larger feed distributer that caters to cattle, sheep, goats, llamas, etc... and not just horses.
My flaxseed comes in 50# bags from either a family owned feed and supply store or the mill very close to them where I get my organic kelp and poultry feeds. It is feed quaility flax which differs a bit from human grade flax and is far cheaper.

In addition to feeding the flaxseed whole, I also feed my animals a species specific vitamin/mineral mix and both my horse and my dairy goats wow and amaze people at how shiny and healthy they look with good hooves all around.
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Do you mean flax seed? You should be able to get that at the normal store. Take just a little and crush it before you give it to them to release the oils.

I know it can be good for them and wehre to find it, but I never really followed up on it and that's about all I know lol. But yeah, flax seed should just be available at your supermarket.

Yes, I guess I do mean flax seed. Is it back in the section like where you find bird seeds? I don't know anything about it except a friend suggested it. I have seen it mention a couple of times but that is all I know about it.

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Although I haven't fed BOSS, it is popular here for non-horse livestock even though it is expensive.
I use whole flaxseed and yes it can be hard to find.
If there is a good feed mill nearby they usually have the ability to order it(as well as just about anything else you could want) in for you, or call a larger feed distributer that caters to cattle, sheep, goats, llamas, etc... and not just horses.
My flaxseed comes in 50# bags from either a family owned feed and supply store or the mill very close to them where I get my organic kelp and poultry feeds. It is feed quaility flax which differs a bit from human grade flax and is far cheaper.

In addition to feeding the flaxseed whole, I also feed my animals a species specific vitamin/mineral mix and both my horse and my dairy goats wow and amaze people at how shiny and healthy they look with good hooves all around.
That sounds wonderful but I am having trouble finding it. I checked with Southern States and they don't carry it and where not able to suggest anywhere else. I asked Rural King and again it was a dead end to finding it.

What do you think about me continuing to use BOSS until I can find the flax seed?

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Look in the wholesale food bins, like at WinCo. However, I have an Amish supplier that I use for my tack, and they also distribute flax seed. You have to have a minimum order of $25 whenever you get anything from them, but you can buy flax seed by the pound. You could give them a call and get a catalogue then order from them if you can't find any locally. They're excellent. However, since they're Amish, you have to do things a little old-school and call them on the phone to place your order haha.

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I highly recommend getting the catalogue and going through it, by the way. There are a lot of fun things you can order from them for good prices ;)
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Here's a more thorough source, which addresses how much and how to prepare flax seed. You'll likely find the whole flax at the store, which you can grind, or this article says it might be ok to feed whole:

Flax Seed: How and why to feed it | EQUINE Ink
Thanks for the link. I found it informative about flex seed but I just can't seem to find any around my small town.

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I gave you a supplier ^^ ;)
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