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post #1 of 10 Old 04-08-2012, 08:09 AM Thread Starter
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Question Flax seed question

Is it okay to feed it whole? I heard it still gets digested but not sure?
I want to give it to my 2 year old filly.
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post #2 of 10 Old 04-08-2012, 08:16 AM
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It doesn't really get digested enough to make it worth your while. Although you could grind it in a coffee grinder or blender and feed it that way, it is much more efficient. I feed flax seed oil to mine.
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Is it okay to feed it whole? I heard it still gets digested but not sure?
I want to give it to my 2 year old filly.
I gave 1/4 cup of it (gradually) to my 10 yr old gelding whole and it was fine. I dressed his oats with it. If you soak them in water they become jelly like. Just I would check in with your vet to see if that's a smart move like I did. Each horse is different

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I've got a tb that I'm trying to put weight on and was just not having any luck. My trimmer suggested that I put him on Nutra-Flex. It's a milled flax seed, meaning I don't have to grind it every day. I'm sure it's more expensive than buying it whole and grinding but it does save me a lot of time and make things a lot easier since I have my guy boarded.

Dandy has only been on it for about two weeks but I already see a huge huge difference in both his weight and his coat. He's starting to turn a very pretty copper color.
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post #5 of 10 Old 04-08-2012, 02:20 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys, yeah see I'm from Ireland so I don't know what forms I can get it in yet. It would be great if it was already milled as we have a lot of animals to feed everyday. I'll check into it. Thanks
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Flax seeds can be fed whole. We feed 1/4 cup every feeding and have beautiful healthy coats. Flaxseed is high in Omega 3 which aids in degestion, helps immune system and improves digestion. It can also be ground up prior to feeding but it looses its nutrients very fast once ground (like 20 minutes) so we feed it whole.
People who boil or soak their flax seed often do so because they believe that otherwise the flax might contain harmful levels of cyanide, which is toxic. In truth, while the seeds do contain the two components necessary to create cyanide, they are in different parts of the seed. Ironically, it’s the contact with water that brings the two components together and causes the formation of cyanide. Soaking is actually the most dangerous way to feed flax.
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post #7 of 10 Old 04-08-2012, 02:33 PM
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Hi Aine,
There have been some good flaxseed threads in the last couple of months that are worth searching and seeing all the ways people feed flax.
I buy feed grade, full fat flaxseed for all my farm critters and find feeding it whole does indeed make quite a difference. A huge difference in ruminants (multi-chambered stomach/chew cud animals.)

Where my horse came from, he was on mostly pasture with a little grain supplement and round bales of hay. He was ok healthy but had no real shine to his coat.

After getting him home, I started him on whole flax and even in his full winter coat he started to get some shine, but the change in softness is what really stands out.
As he has started to shed out I am noticing his color is much richer than it was last fall when I bought him. This occurs whenever I bring home any new animal, horse or otherwise, and start feeding flaxseed.

Because it is not very expensive for me, I will continue to just feed it whole. Anything that comes through undigested gets picked up by my chickens who work the compost.
Right now I'm giving about 2 tablespoons a day.
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I get the best results when I grind it. I feed about two heaping 1/3 cup measures a day

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I'm feeding the whole seeds to my horse. After scouring the internet and reading up on the "whole vs. ground" debate, I'm reasonably convinced that the whole flaxseed is almost as effective (if not just as effective) as ground flaxseed.

If I were the one to feed my horse, I'd probably invest in a coffee grinder and grind the seeds fresh before each feeding. However, he's boarded at a full care stable and I don't prepare his feed myself. The best I could probably do is grind a week's worth at a time and leave it for the feeders, but by the end of the week it will have lost a lot of the oils and nutrients that I'm feeding it for!
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post #10 of 10 Old 04-09-2012, 05:08 PM
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Flax seed contains arsenates which high heat destroys. I boil 1/2c of flax in two cups of water. It bubbles up fast and will make a sticky mess of the stove if not watched. I shut the heat off, stir a little then add half this to pelleted feed when almost cool. It has short fridge life so feed remainder the next day.
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