I recently noticed that my coming two year old's coat is looking a little dull and her mane and tail are dry. Part of this is probably due to the winter months and the fact that she's not blanketed, but regardless I'd like to see more shine on her. I had her on BOSS last summer and they did seem to work well, however my preference in feeding horses would be flax seed, just because I've seen it more widely used. In your opinion, which would be more beneficial in producing a nice slick coat and helping to add a few pounds? She's not skinny by any means but is going through a growth spurt and has gotten on the thin side. She's been tested for worms and gets near free choice hay, so that shouldn't be an issue. Thanks for any input!
Flax seed produces a great coat, and a nice mane, tail, and hooves as well. I've seen horses on it that look wet! :) It also prevents bleaching. I don't think it helps with weight, though. Make sure you get the kind that is ground, or gring it up yourself, or they cannot digest it. I buy it at the grocery store in a powder form.
I've never used boss, so I can't compare the two... but that's my opinion on flax! :)
This is exactly what I feed:
It's about $4. I wait until it is on sale and get it 3 for $6 :)
Other brands might be cheaper but it's the only one I can find in my area.
My local feed store carries pure ground flax seed, and BOSS can be found at any Agway so they're both perfectly easy to get. A 50 lb bag of flax is about $36, which is a little pricey but at 2 cups a day it would last quite a while. Just trying to find the best one for shine and weight . . . Hmmm, or maybe Cocosoya would be best?
You can feed just about as much flax as you want but 3-4 oz (one tuna fish can) is plenty to see results. Try not to waste your $$ buying human grade flax ($1/ 4oz portion of Red mill vs $.16 for the $32/50# bag). 50# is alot for one horse but some feed stores will split the bag. You're not providing an appreciable amount of calories with 4 oz so you can't plan on weight gain by adding it but every little bit helps. Flax is about 38% fat and 20% protein.
With the Cocosoya, you're paying a huge premium for soybean oil with some coconut oil added. Not worth it in my book. Also with a growing 2 year old, I wouldn't be adding "empty" calories. Add feed that contains protein, CHO, vit and minerals that promote growth and development. I'd rather see a slim 2 year old than a chunky, well developed one anyday.