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post #1 of 14 Old 04-18-2009, 06:06 PM Thread Starter
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Flax - to grind or not to grind

So I have heard all the good things about feeding flaxseed, so I picked some up from my feed store. But I have heard all kinds of different opinions about grinding it, boiling it, soaking it, or just feeding it straight and plain. Any opinions?

Also, on a slightly related note, does anyone have any tricks for making supplements more palatable for a picky eater to eat it(without adding large amounts of grain or calories)?

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post #2 of 14 Old 04-18-2009, 06:27 PM
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unless your horse has Teeth issues or is really old feeding it whole is fine... when grinding it has to be fed when theh hull is cracked or you loose alot of the goodies :) Don't be alarmed when you see the hulls in the poo... it is the EMPTY hull

Now since I am sure somebody is going to say I am wrong off to find the research :)

I have been called the NSC Nazi more then once ... I hate traditional feed methods of loading our horses up on grains and junk food :)
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post #3 of 14 Old 04-18-2009, 06:36 PM
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Flax Seed

I have been called the NSC Nazi more then once ... I hate traditional feed methods of loading our horses up on grains and junk food :)
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post #4 of 14 Old 04-18-2009, 06:57 PM
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The Flax grown in North America is fine to feed whole. There is no toxicity and most horses like it.

The BEST ingredient I have found to make a horse eat supplements is beer, any old cheap canned beer, lol. I'll give the horses any old beer that we have hiding in the back of the fridge, and they will fight over it if I don't put their buckets far enough apart, lol.

Apple sauce is the next runner up.
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post #5 of 14 Old 04-18-2009, 07:57 PM
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The Flax grown in North America is fine to feed whole. There is no toxicity and most horses like it.

The BEST ingredient I have found to make a horse eat supplements is beer, any old cheap canned beer, lol. I'll give the horses any old beer that we have hiding in the back of the fridge, and they will fight over it if I don't put their buckets far enough apart, lol.

Apple sauce is the next runner up.
Wow that's a great tip, I never thought about trying beer for giving supplements. I know mine don't like apples, but I think they would really go for the brew


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post #6 of 14 Old 04-18-2009, 09:00 PM
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Soaked is what we do. Kind of a pain in the winter, but they're worth it. :)

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post #7 of 14 Old 04-19-2009, 11:26 AM
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get Omega Horseshine...scoop it out of the bag...feed it to the horse...all the benefits of flax...none of the hassle.
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post #8 of 14 Old 04-19-2009, 11:41 AM
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Wow. I thought it had to be ground, like for humans. LoL, thanks for saving me a lot of time and trouble, Peggy.
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post #9 of 14 Old 04-19-2009, 12:14 PM
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whole flax is cheaper then buying any of the flax supplements ... so while yes it is easier it also cost alot more and some of us are on tight budgets at times

I have been called the NSC Nazi more then once ... I hate traditional feed methods of loading our horses up on grains and junk food :)
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post #10 of 14 Old 04-19-2009, 12:46 PM
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We bought a 50lb. Bag for us (to eat). But I want to start feeding some of it to Splash. Just havent gotten around to figuring out how to feed it. But it is super good for both you and your horse!




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