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    03-08-2012, 08:21 AM
  #11
Yearling
To Grind or Not to Grind...That IS the Question.

Many horse owners who have fed flax in the past would gasp in horror at you if you asked if flax can be fed whole.
The fact is, flax seed CAN be fed as whole seeds. Recent research done on various seeds found that the nutrients were extracted from the seed hulls even if some seeds appeared "whole" in the manure.

Even though some whole seeds may appear in the manure, the majority of them are used completely in the equine digestive tract.

If you do decide to grind your flaxseed, make sure you grind it fresh for every meal. The nutrients start degrading as soon as they are touched by light and oxygen, so by the time you've ground them and dumped them in the feed pan, they have already lost nutrients. Ground flax can also go rancid very quickly. You can grind early and store extra in the freezer, which will prevent rancidity for a few days, but you are still going to have nutrient loss.

If you grind your flaxseed, also make sure you clean your grinder thoroughly after each grinding. Small pieces of flax can easily get stuck inside the grinder where they will quickly go rancid, potentially ruining future batches.
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    03-08-2012, 04:54 PM
  #12
Foal
So my question is, we have bought organic flax meal. Is that the same and due to the fact that it is ground already, is it pointless giving to the horses due to fast breakdown of the oils once the package is opened? Some days I feel so clueless, lol!
     
    03-14-2012, 06:46 PM
  #13
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by SageBush    
So my question is, we have bought organic flax meal. Is that the same and due to the fact that it is ground already, is it pointless giving to the horses due to fast breakdown of the oils once the package is opened? Some days I feel so clueless, lol!
Some brands of pre-ground flax seed are shelf-stable, meaning they won't go rancid for a long time. If your packaging doesn't say anything about being stabilized, store it in the freezer and only pull out a couple days worth at a time. This will significantly slow down the time until it goes rancid.
     
    03-21-2012, 12:11 AM
  #14
Weanling
How much whole flax seed would you feed an average sized horse per meal? And does it make the hot "hot"? If I feed this should I cut back on the amount of grain given?
     
    03-21-2012, 12:23 AM
  #15
Super Moderator
I treat it as an additive, not really a food source so I don't reduce his normal feed and so far it has never made any animal hot around here.

My little scoop came from another suppliment and is handy to use, but I think it is about 1 tablespoon and although I aim to give it everyday, some weeks it may end up only being 4 times a week.

I'm sure others may give more and after my horse sheds out I may change the amount I give him too.
     
    03-21-2012, 01:24 AM
  #16
Trained
Just HAVE to comment on that gorgeous pic in your avatar Lockwood... tho it did take me a mo to cotton on to what it was next to the strawberry!
     
    03-21-2012, 01:28 AM
  #17
Weanling
Thank you Lockwood
     
    03-21-2012, 11:02 AM
  #18
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Originally Posted by ARTEMISBLOSSOM    
Thank you Lockwood
Welcome

Loosie- Thank you.
I did pause for a moment before posting the avitar to wonder if reducing the size would make it hard to figure out the baby turtle and in the regular size pic the look on the turle's face is actually quite cute.
I can almost hear the lil' guy saying..... "Strawberry jackpot!" *chomp, nom nom nom*
     

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