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post #1 of 24 Old 03-26-2013, 10:45 PM Thread Starter
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Flaxseed is safe to feed to horses, right? How much can you give daily?
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post #2 of 24 Old 03-26-2013, 11:04 PM
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Yep! You can grind it up if you'd like (it'll go bad really fast if you do however) but horses can digest it just as well whole.

I thinkkkkk the limit is something like 2 cups before you start messing up the omega balance, or something like that.
However, the most I've ever heard of someone feeding at once was 1/2 cup.
I personally feed about 2oz/day (whole seeds) and see great results with just that little bit. I mainly feed it for it's immune system+anti-inflammatory benefits but since I've started feeding it, Lacey's fleabitten spots come in darker during the summer and her coat is softer = I have no complaints.

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My girl decided she didn't like beat pulp anymore but, she's a tad ribby despite free choice. I add a few tbs to her beat pulp and she gobbles it up. Sometimes for a treat I mix a bucket of short cut grass hay with a few tbs flaxseed. She really enjoys the latter.

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post #4 of 24 Old 03-27-2013, 12:37 AM
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I give my horse 2 oz whole seeds twice a day. He doesn't get fresh grass at all in the winter, and not enough to really count in the summer, so he needs some help in the omega-3 department.

As for how much you can feed... I haven't seen any hard limits, but Triple Crown recommends 6 oz to 1 lb for every 1000 lbs for their ground, stabilized flaxseed (Omega Max)
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post #5 of 24 Old 03-27-2013, 02:02 AM
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I feed 1/3 a cup twice daily. I buy seed and grind it myself (grind batches and freeze it). That is by far the more economical way to feed it.

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post #6 of 24 Old 03-27-2013, 07:18 AM
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Missy,where do you buy the flax that you grind yourself? Is it something you can get at TSC? Thanks..
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post #7 of 24 Old 03-27-2013, 07:48 AM
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Flaxseed is a wonderful supplement to add to any ration, and the horses love the addition. I feed each of my horses 1/3 cup, twice a day. I grind it fresh at every feeding using a coffee grinder (dedicated to flaxseeds only). It takes about 5 seconds from start to finish :)
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post #8 of 24 Old 03-27-2013, 08:17 AM
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Flax seed easily goes rancid if pre ground. It does have cyanide compounds, especially when consumed raw, but that seems to also make it effective for certain skin growths.
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Safe, yes, great for them actually!

We feed 1/4 cup a day to the healthy horses but I feed up to 1/2 cup twice daily for horses in poor condition with a poor coat when they come in.
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post #10 of 24 Old 03-27-2013, 11:59 AM
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Same as many here, I feed my 950 lb mare 1/3 cup ground flax twice a day. I buy mine ground in small batches at my local food co-op (the volume I buy lasts me about 10 days). My feed store also has it as whole seeds in bulk a little cheaper, but I don't want to have to grind every day.
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