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    12-28-2009, 05:54 AM
  #1
Foal
Question flax seed/linseed?

Hi, im looking for something to put a little bit of condition on my mare, but mainly just to improve the condition of her coat. I've bought a broad spec feed balancer for nutrients but someone recommended flax seeds. I read up on them and there seems to be confusion on how to feed them? ive heard ground, bioled, rinsed.... I just want to know the safest and easiest way to feed it, or any alternative oils like sunflower seed or corn. Any additional info on these oils/seeds would be soooo helpful!
Thanks in advance guys!!! XD
     
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    12-28-2009, 08:13 AM
  #2
Foal
Hi becky,
We used to feed linseed boiled to hunters years ago after they had been out hunting... I've been looking for it lately just really for nostalgia it was a fantastic feed after they had a hard day out ... and from a selfish point of view the smell was amazing. On the subject of coat condition .. my partner delivers liquid molasses to farms with an articulated truck. The farmers use it for vitamin supplements for dairy cows. Quite a few horsey people I know use it so we have always added a small scoop to our two horses feed. Some people don't like to use it as it I have heard some people say it is too heating.
Our two don't seem any different on it and they both have fantastic coats. Both have a healthy shine about them evan in winter coats!
Don't know if this will be any help but it works for me.
     
    12-28-2009, 11:06 AM
  #3
Green Broke
I have a very hard keeper and I have used flax seed to keep her coat and weight healthy. She has done great on it! I personally just use whole flax. She is a picky eater and she eats it whole, so I figure it's fine I get it in 50 lb bags from my local feed store and it lasts forever!
     
    12-28-2009, 11:18 AM
  #4
Started
I ground my flax seed. I've herd of linseed but never actually saw it or used it. Flax is pretty cheep in large bags, and has lots of benefits.
     
    12-28-2009, 12:26 PM
  #5
Green Broke
I feed a balanced flax that is pre-milled with added calcium and preservatives from horsetech.com. I feed 1/2 cup daily.

I have had good luck in the past feeding whole flax to horses, not ground or boiled. Boiling leaches out much of the beneficial oils and nutrients. Grinding it is fine, but really not necessary. You have to grind single servings daily as it can go bad quicly.

Rice Bran (oil or milled) is also good for weight gain and Omega 3 fatty acids. Hemp oil is also good, though because of growing restrictions it can be hard to find .
     
    12-28-2009, 12:27 PM
  #6
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by sillybunny11486    
I ground my flax seed. I've herd of linseed but never actually saw it or used it. Flax is pretty cheep in large bags, and has lots of benefits.
Linseed is the same thing as Flax, it's just another name for it. In the UK and Australia Linseed is the more common name.
     
    12-28-2009, 03:28 PM
  #7
Weanling
I use Omega Horseshine - it's stabilized flax and it has a long shelf-life. I have been very pleased - my guys do well on it!
     
    12-28-2009, 10:38 PM
  #8
Foal
I have read that rice bran shouldn't be fed too often as it's not balanced CA:P very well.
     
    12-28-2009, 11:35 PM
  #9
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by jcran    
I have read that rice bran shouldn't be fed too often as it's not balanced CA:P very well.
Which is why you should by stabilized rice bran, that has added calcium. Flax has the same issue, though it's not as unbalanced as rice bran is.
     
    01-05-2010, 05:13 AM
  #10
Foal
Thanks so much guys!
She's been on flax seed oil for about a week now and she's doing good, I can definitely see more of a shine and the oil is real easy to feed, so thanks for all the advice! I feel knowledgable now ;)
Thank youuuu x
     

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