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post #31 of 35 Old 08-20-2013, 04:59 PM
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The cheapest place I've found pure ground flax seed is at my local whole foods/natural foods store. You can get it in 20 or 40 lb bulk bags. Its fairly expensive but it lasts a long time and does wonders for their skin health.

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post #32 of 35 Old 08-21-2013, 06:10 PM
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Originally Posted by Eolith View Post
I have been doing a lot of research on psyllium products lately, hunting down the best deals. I found this thread which is interesting and helpful... but I think you all might not be correct about the Equate being cheaper. If my per pound calculations are correct, SandClear is actually cheaper than the Walmart Equate when you buy it in bulk.

Hopefully I can make this make sense:

You can buy a 1 lb 13 oz container of Equate at Walmart for $8.84: Equate Fiber Original Texture NBE to Metamucil Fiber Powder -

You can buy 20 lbs of SandClear from Drs. Foster & Smith for $84.99: Fiber Supplement for Sand Colic in Horses: SandClear by Farnam for Equine Digestion

1 lb 13 oz is equivalent to 1.8125 lbs.

$8.84 / 1.8125 lbs = $4.88 per lb for Equate

$84.99 / 20 lbs = $4.25 per lb for SandClear

Anyone who feels so inclined can check my math. It's late and I'm an English Lit major. If I'm correct though, SandClear ends up being $0.63 cheaper per pound... which adds up if you're going through a lot of it.
I got to thinking about this and it was bugging me because I have done the math on this before.
So here is my math, correct me if I am wrong because it has been a looooong time since I was edumakated..derp..

A 20# bucket of Sand Clear is $84.99.
Farnam claims that is a 64 day supply, one horse.

A jar 1.825# of Equate brand Metamucil is $8.84
I get about 13 days out of one jar for one horse. (I feed 1/2 c.)

If you do cost per day...

Sand Clear- $84.99 / 64 days= $1.33 a day
Equate- $8.84 / 13 days= $0.68 a day
Still if I only got 7 days out of the Equate, I would be doing better than the Sand Clear.

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post #33 of 35 Old 08-21-2013, 06:17 PM
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Originally Posted by cowgirllinda1952 View Post
Where do you get the ground flax seed?
They have it at TSC Omega Fields® Omega Horseshine®, 20 lb. - Tractor Supply Online Store

But I am sure its cheaper to buy it in bulk like Endiku suggested.

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It gets messy when you try to do the math by number of days, because it depends greatly on what a single "dose" is. Not to mention, the suggested dose is something that can be adjusted according to need. Measuring it by anything other than weight won't really work, because 1/2 cup of Equate will probably weigh less than 1/2 cup of SandClear (due to differences in density).

If you weigh 1/2 cup of Equate and then fed the equivalent weight of SandClear, you should be saving money.

Of course, this all assumes that the actual level of "potency" is the same.

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This is an Aussie recipe for sand colic. it works a treat and brings the coat up all shiny by next day. Not all horses will 'drink' it. You could mix it in with chaff, or dose with a syringe (which is messy and takes ages but is better than a refusal).
The only rules are; natural, non processed, non supermarket honey. you need it fresh from the apiary or a country store. I don't know why exactly but it's something to do with the enzymes that are killed when honey is heat treated and blended and super-marketed.

In a heavy base pan, heat gently without boiling; 500g honey, 600ml full cream milk, 200ml full fat cream.
Allow to cool. Feed to horse.
One dose per year, any weight, any breed.
I swear by it.
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