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    11-30-2009, 12:39 PM
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Foal
Flaxseed? How much is effective??

I was told that flaxseed, being high in Omega-3's, is an excellent natural anti-imflamitory for after riding. It needs to be ground up and added to a little grain since the seeds are so small and difficult for horses to chew.

If I am going to go through of the work of buying, storing, and grinding flaxseed everytime I ride, I was wondering if it even works. I am sure the Omega-3 is an added bonus either way, but how consistant should you be before it becomes effective? Is there a loading dose? Anyone out there use flaxseed for this purpose?

Thanks!
     
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    11-30-2009, 01:04 PM
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Started
I give my horses a top dress of ground flax (about half a cup per day). Too much fatty acids (and fat) can cause stomach upset and loose stool. I also am not sure how much is too much vs not enough.
     
    11-30-2009, 05:14 PM
  #3
Weanling
I use OMEGA HORSESHINE - a stabilized, freshly ground flax seed - I feed about 1/2 cup daily (it says you can feed up to 1 cup). It is ready to use and is stabilized so it has a shelf-life of 1 + years! I am very pleased with the Omega Horseshine - I've used ground flax seed in 5 pound bags from my feed store - never bought the whole seed. I was told that the ground flax seed I bought from my feed store needed to be refrigerated to keep it from going bad - unless it's stabilized, it has a short shelf-life. That's why I started using the Omega Horseshine. There are a lot of health benefits to using it!
     
    11-30-2009, 06:01 PM
  #4
Started
I use flax seed and I put about a handful into my horses grain every night ... I don't grind it I just put it in whole- is that bad?
     
    11-30-2009, 06:15 PM
  #5
Started
I think it isnt really as digestible whole. It acts more like fiber, then something that gets all absorbed. I looked at omega. I like to buy a bag of whole and grind it for a week or so. I like knowing its fresh. If you don't have time stabilized ground is great. But I can get a 50lb bag for $35 of whole and just ground it myself.
     
    11-30-2009, 06:35 PM
  #6
Started
Yeah I buy it whole from the pet store and my horses coats look a million times better .. here are some before and afters ...

**keep in mind the 1st picture of Brodie (buckskin) is the day I picked him up so that is the condition I got him in- needless to say I upped his feed
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    11-30-2009, 09:07 PM
  #7
Green Broke
Whole flax seed is fine. Horses can chew and digest it with no problem. You just have to feed a little more of it in its whole form.

Most people feed 1/2 to 1 cup with good results. You can feed up 2 lbs a day by weight safely, though horses intolerant of high fat diets may have loose manure.

I feed my horses 1/2 cup of NutraFlax from horsetech.com. It's a milled stabalized flax with a balanced Ca:P ratio. They'll also custom blend in other ingrediants if you feed any other supplements. They're a great company to work with.
     
    12-01-2009, 02:23 PM
  #8
Foal
Whoa kchfuller!! I can really see the difference in your pics! How about its use as an anti-inflammatory? Did you notice any benefits from that avenue?
     
    12-01-2009, 02:33 PM
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Started
I didn't notice it working as an anti inflammatory- sorry ...
     
    12-01-2009, 02:53 PM
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Whole flax seed is fine. Horses can chew and digest it with no problem. You just have to feed a little more of it in its whole form.
Thats what I thought about oats too, untill I saw come out it whole in my horses manure. It seems too small to me to be really chewed up, and with ground you know all of it is being digested and there is little waste.

Someone on the forum said something about flax causing anemia (or something like that) if given too much, which they said was over a cup per day.
     

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