Maverick: I just worked Lucy up to 1/2 a cup and I think that I will stay with that amount. How long was it before you noticed a difference? Also where do you buy your flax? The cheapest I could find around here ( I haven't looked that hard yet) was a 30 pound bag for 40 dollars.
Sillybunny: I wish I was able to buy it whole and grind it, but I board and they don't provide flax grinding lol ^.^
Cowgirl4jesus: Flax seed is high in omega-3 fatty acids and enhances overall health in horses. The only natural, unsupplemented source of omega-3's in the equine diet is fresh grass.
It can help reduce inflammation, which can relieve symptoms associated with sweet itch and other skin conditions. It can also alleviate symptoms of allergies.
Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, it also helps in cases of arthritis or joint stiffness. In some cases, it helps so much that it can replace the use of commercial joint supplements or regular doses of bute.
It also boosts the immune system and can help regulate thyroid function, making it an ideal supplement for metabolic horses as well as aging horses. ^.^