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    08-21-2010, 01:14 AM
Green Broke
Sunflower seeds

I have been putting my horse Buzz on black sunflower seeds to help with his condition (thanks sarahver) and they have been working. The place I was buying them from has run out of stock but they have a different type black and white ones which have less fat should I buy them or will they do nothing because it was the fat I wanted....
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    08-21-2010, 01:35 AM
I probably wouldnt buy the striped ones, they have thicker harder shells that make digesting them harder. How long until the feed store get them in again? If its only a few days i'd just wait, otherwise have you tried other stores?
    08-21-2010, 02:14 AM
Green Broke
I think they said a couple of weeks :(
I did look around at other stores to start of with but I may look again just to see if they have anything now
    08-21-2010, 02:51 AM
I definitely would not be feeding the black and white ones. As ThatNinjaHorse said - they are hard to digest.

It shouldn't be too hard to find a place with some, good luck!
    08-21-2010, 02:55 AM
Green Broke
Okay I will look around I didn't even think they would be harder to digest so glad I didn't buy them :)
    08-21-2010, 04:01 AM
If you can't find the plain black sunflowers you could try "no grain"
Its just black sunflower that have been cracked mixed with minerals/vitamins. It might do until you can get the plain sunflowers
    08-21-2010, 03:17 PM
You can always go with the canola or veggie oil. We have those huge cans of them on half-price sale all the time in the local food stores.

Those black and white seeds do seem to be very hard on shell. I havn't heard anyone feed them around here.
    08-22-2010, 06:24 AM
Green Broke
Okay thanks how much of the canola or vegie oil would I give him in the feed?
    08-22-2010, 11:29 AM
Originally Posted by RedTree    
okay thanks how much of the canola or vegie oil would I give him in the feed?
I give just a little in morning feed. Probably 1/8 - 1/4 of cup. At least that's what I do.
    08-22-2010, 07:53 PM
Green Broke
Striped sunflower seeds can cause colic. Do NOT buy them. Just go to walmart and buy some black oil seeds, or tractor supply. Just be sure they do not have "bird kote" on them. It's a vitamin spray that isn't the best for horses.

Or better yet, buy some flax meal or "omega horseshine." It has more omega 3s than BOSS. Veggie or Canola oil doesn't have any Omega 3 fatty acids. It's all Omega 6s.

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