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post #1 of 13 Old 05-28-2013, 12:26 AM Thread Starter
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flax question

Does anyone feed flax to their horses? I'm aware of the benefits, but after some research am trying to figure out what is better- whole or ground. I've heard positives and negatives for both, anyone care to weigh in?
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post #2 of 13 Old 05-28-2013, 12:37 AM
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Flax/linseed loses it's nutritional value very quickly after processing. Therefore I use whole seeds & grind enough for a feed daily. But apparently 'stabilised' meal retains it's omega 3s for some time, somehow...
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My trainer tried whole but the horses just sifted through the grain. She now grinds it up, There are tons o articles on it but she gives it once a day, stored in an air tight container in the freezer and has never had a problem.
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Thanks for the replies! If a horse doesn't sift through the whole seeds, and just eats them right up, have you guys heard that is it bad for them in any way? One article I skimmed said it HAD to be ground, and that there was cyanide that needed to be released or it could be detrimental to the horse's health...? Didn't make much sense to me, which is why I posted here!
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I don't know if it is better, but I am the lazy sort and feed it whole. It started with researching the different flaxseeds out there for small fiber ruminate animals (which I also have) and the benefits (there are different types of flaxseed.)

I learned whole was just fine and decided I didnít want the hassle of grinding the seeds everyday or buying expensive pre-ground stuff.

My horse has been on the whole seeds over a year now. I bought him around Christmas a year and a half ago and started feeding them last spring.
It takes a little while and his shed out last year was awful. Coarse, dry, and he didnít finish shedding until nearly the end of June. It took until July/August to really see the difference and he looked like a brand new penny by then (heís a buckskin.)

This springÖ Wow what a difference! He is already done shedding (with no work on my part) and shines like a new penny already.
While I do feed a hoof supplement, the flax has helped his hooves as well.
Even with the extreme dry conditions that we have seen here, his hooves stay in great shape without cracks or chips.

There have been some really good threads on flaxseed and a quick search can bring up those threads too.
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I don't know if it is better, but I am the lazy sort and feed it whole. It started with researching the different flaxseeds out there for small fiber ruminate animals (which I also have) and the benefits (there are different types of flaxseed.)

I learned whole was just fine and decided I didnít want the hassle of grinding the seeds everyday or buying expensive pre-ground stuff.

My horse has been on the whole seeds over a year now. I bought him around Christmas a year and a half ago and started feeding them last spring.
It takes a little while and his shed out last year was awful. Coarse, dry, and he didnít finish shedding until nearly the end of June. It took until July/August to really see the difference and he looked like a brand new penny by then (heís a buckskin.)

This springÖ Wow what a difference! He is already done shedding (with no work on my part) and shines like a new penny already.
While I do feed a hoof supplement, the flax has helped his hooves as well.
Even with the extreme dry conditions that we have seen here, his hooves stay in great shape without cracks or chips.

There have been some really good threads on flaxseed and a quick search can bring up those threads too.
Thank you! I did try a search, but I guess not hard enough haha- I blame the lack of coffee I consumed today :) I'll try again.
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Thank you! I did try a search, but I guess not hard enough haha- I blame the lack of coffee I consumed today :) I'll try again.
Perhaps you are like me... sometimes I grab the unleaded stuff by mistake if I am not awake enough...instead of the real stuff! LOL
I can't function without coffee myself and some day I think I will invent some sort of IV drip morning express invention.

Just plain "flaxseed" or "flax seed" in the quick search box should bring up some good ones.
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I usually feed whole, since my horse is boarded and it wouldn't be possible to grind it fresh every meal. However, last time I was at the feed store I found that they had just started carrying Omega Max (they didn't carry any stabilized flax products before), so I grabbed a bag to give it a try.

I don't think it makes a big difference either way. There are components of cyanide in flax seed, but they're neutralized by stomach acid and it's safe to feed. It's safe for humans to eat whole or ground also
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I usually feed whole, since my horse is boarded and it wouldn't be possible to grind it fresh every meal. However, last time I was at the feed store I found that they had just started carrying Omega Max (they didn't carry any stabilized flax products before), so I grabbed a bag to give it a try.

I don't think it makes a big difference either way. There are components of cyanide in flax seed, but they're neutralized by stomach acid and it's safe to feed. It's safe for humans to eat whole or ground also
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Perhaps you are like me... sometimes I grab the unleaded stuff by mistake if I am not awake enough...instead of the real stuff! LOL
I can't function without coffee myself and some day I think I will invent some sort of IV drip morning express invention.

Just plain "flaxseed" or "flax seed" in the quick search box should bring up some good ones.
Be sure to patent your coffee IV, haha :)
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