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post #11 of 25 Old 02-21-2011, 12:49 PM
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Black oil sunflower seeds only have trace amounts of Omega 3 fatty acids, which are better for the coat and hoof health. They do have high Vitamin E levels though.

Flax has a lot higher Omega 3s (with a smaller amount of Omega 6s) and has worked a lot better IME for coat, hoof, and skin health. Knock on wood, I have had NO rain rot this year!!! I buy bulk no-name ground flax from my local feed store for $28 for a 50 lb bag. I feed 1/2 cup to most of my horses. 1 cup to those needing extra calories. You can feed up to 4 cups a day safely.

1 cup of flax holds 4 oz by weight. Flax is light weight, so you can feed a higher volume than you can with rice bran or oils.
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post #12 of 25 Old 02-21-2011, 12:52 PM
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Also, Kitten, Hay is high in Omega 6 fatty acids, so horses on hay diets are already getting too high of Omega 6s. It makes no sense to add a supplement to their diet that adds more. If you want to balance the Omega 6 vs. Omega 3 ratio in your horse's diet, you need only supplement with high Omega 3 products.
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post #13 of 25 Old 02-21-2011, 01:13 PM
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Sorry for jumping in here but how do you give the horse the flax? Do you mix it in with other feed or just plain flax?
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Subscribing, I'm thinking of switching my guys over to flax so looking for any and all info!!

I'm old enough that I was bought up believing you could only feed boiled flax, as a jelly, it was always considered to be toxic if fed raw, so I'm still adjusting.
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actually Kitten Flax has the proper ratio BOSS is high in Omega 6's
Peggy, I have to disagree. From what I read flax has 4:1 Omega-3 fatty acids to Omega-6, however the total ratio should be around 1:3 (1 - omega 3, 3 - omega 6). On other side there are other sources of omega-6 while almost no omega-3, so it may equal out without using BOSS. Again, all that I found out in different publications on net, so all those "ratios" may be a big "puff".
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Sorry for jumping in here but how do you give the horse the flax? Do you mix it in with other feed or just plain flax?
I just mix it with pellets.
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post #17 of 25 Old 02-21-2011, 01:35 PM
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you can feed flax seed whole...it does not have to be ground or boiled some horses will eat it right out of your hand

I have been called the NSC Nazi more then once ... I hate traditional feed methods of loading our horses up on grains and junk food :)
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Thanks for all the info. I manage a barn and we feed the horses one cup of oats and one cup of ground flax once per day with a vitamin supplement (in addition to free choice hay) and they're all fat and have beautiful coats, so that's why I was leaning more towards flax. However I have a friend who didn't really have any luck with flax so I was considering the BOSS again. Lux gets 5 lbs per day of Blue Seal Grow and Excel, so would giving her 1 cup of ground flax twice per day help with weight gain or would I need to feed more? And is it true it loses it's nutritional value if it's pre-ground? I board her and would have no way of grinding whole seeds right before she gets fed.

I've spent most of my life riding horses. The rest I've just wasted.
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Peggy, I have to disagree. From what I read flax has 4:1 Omega-3 fatty acids to Omega-6, however the total ratio should be around 1:3 (1 - omega 3, 3 - omega 6). On other side there are other sources of omega-6 while almost no omega-3, so it may equal out without using BOSS. Again, all that I found out in different publications on net, so all those "ratios" may be a big "puff".
Yes, but that 1:3 ratio is for the WHOLE diet. Hay, pasture, and feed/grain is all backward, with more Omega 6 and trace amounts to no Omega 3 fatty acids, like 20:1 Omega 6: Omega 3. Only the best pasture grazing has any Omega 3s, and it's still not that high. Hay has almost 0 Omega 3s.
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