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        10-05-2009, 08:52 AM
    You don't have to grind them every morning I fill a container with ground flax seed and it last at least 2 weeks. As for how it releases the omegas from what I understand when you change the physical structure of the seed you change the chemical break down also. Sort of like soybeans whole and ground soybeans. The structure is different therefore they cause a reaction which is what makes the omegas
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        10-05-2009, 01:05 PM
    I LOVE flax seed!

    Here are before and afters of my horses ... (Brodies before is right when I got him so his after looks even better b/c he has more weight haha)

    Oh and I just feed them a hand full each night in their Strategy
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        10-05-2009, 11:46 PM
    I have researched the idea of grinding flax seeds and stumbled on many sites that say you do not have to grind for horses (humans, yes, but horses no). Horses (with good digestive function) have the ability to digest the flax seeds and absorb the omega 3 fatty acids via the digestion. If they could not digest flax seeds, the seeds would appear whole in the manure. I have been feeding whole flax for a while and never see it whole in the manure. Also, flax seeds are really hard on coffee grinders. If you grind it each morning, you will find you will go through coffee grinder every few months. I hope this helps! Here is a great site that corroborates what I just said: Flax Seed: How and why to feed it EQUINE Ink
        10-06-2009, 07:14 AM
    Thanks for posting the link, aynelson!

    Kchfuller, yes I can see the difference!
        10-06-2009, 10:12 AM
    Thank you so much for that post, thankfully I haven't gone through any grinders but man it is nice to know I no longer have to grind them. Awesome article, I am always jealous when people find the information I want on the web, I search everything - product reviews, facts vs myths etc before I will try anything with my animals. I had read the benefits of flax seed but found no where that said it didn't need ground. Thank you again for sharing

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