I just wanted to share with you a quick story of our pony, Punkin. She's 13 years old and I had leased her out to a good friend of mine so she could teach her grand daughter how to care for, and ride a horse.
Amost a year later, a big family fued took place, ended badly and I opted to leave our pony with my friends grand daughter because they seemed to love her so.
Many months later, I was out of town when my daughter called me and said....Mom, there's something wrong with Punkin and I think she should come home so I'm bringing her home.
We've had her home for about 6 months now, she looked really rough when we got her back, under weight, incredibly long feet (which I am still working on) and yes...lame.
The lameness turned out to be an abscess, her weight loss due to being kept on an overgrazed pasture with absolutely nothing to eat.
We turned her out with our other horses and slowly her weight came back with good pasture and she started looking better, but not great. I've been working on trimming her feet back and they are also looking better, but still not great.
Over the years I have fed flax seed off and on, both for weight builder and coat/hoof conditioner and in the spring to help my horses shed out quicker.
I happened to take a picture of Punkin just a few days before I started feeding her flax seed and I took a picture yesterday and was a bit shocked when I saw the amazing difference adding flax seed to her diet has made.
I buy it by the 50 pound bag at our co op, it runs almost $50.00 a bag now. A bag lasts me a year with my 4 horses. I choose to grind it up in a coffee bean grinder and this time I'm feeding it with a little bit of soaked beet pulp. I usually feed a cup a day for maintenence, or for weight building I'll feed 2 cups a day.
In just 3 or 3 1/2 weeks Punkin has made a rather signifcant improvement...even with the nicer weather in the second picture, I can't help but see the overall change in her.
Horse owners are always wondering what is the best supplement to feed and for around 10 years I've been using flax seed as my only supplement.
I've seen huge changes in hoof condition, coat quality, after a workout they recover quicker (no really, it's true) I've rescued horses in the past that I put on ground flax and in 30 days time you'd never know that horse was a rack of bones with a dull coat. If you live in an area where sand colic is a potential hazard...try a maintenece diet with a cup of ground flax seed daily. ;)
Horses find it very tasty, they will lick it out of my hand, it's safe to feed, has a long shelf life when kept in a dry place. And for everything I've seen it do for various issues I've had over the years with all types of horses...I find it extremely economical.