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    06-12-2013, 06:21 AM
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Green Broke
How much flax?

On the bag of flax I get it says feed between 6oz-1pd of flax a day. So I was feeding 3 oz am and 3 oz pm. But, is there anyway I can cut that to only 4oz a day? He gets way too much powder supplements and the flax contributes alot to that. I don't really want to take him off of it but he just gets so dang much of it!
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    06-12-2013, 07:00 AM
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Of course you can reduce it :) 4oz or 100gms is a reasonable amount but I know people who only feed 2 oz.
     
    06-12-2013, 07:07 AM
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Green Broke
I've been told if you don't feed atleast the minimum on the bag it's useless so which is why I asked. His coat is so nice and shiny. It's glowing ever since I put him on it! But 6oz plus all his meds as supplements mixed with only 1/2 pound of ration balancer is way too much. Thank you :)
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    06-12-2013, 07:27 AM
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I've been told if you don't feed atleast the minimum on the bag it's useless so which is why I asked. His coat is so nice and shiny. It's glowing ever since I put him on it! But 6oz plus all his meds as supplements mixed with only 1/2 pound of ration balancer is way too much. Thank you :)
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Anything with good vits and minerals and oils in it will help in some small way, to say not feeding a certain amount means the lower amount is useless is nonsensical and sounds like a ply to make you feed a certain amount and sell more. Too small an amount may not make any noticeable change though, but that doesn't mean it isn't doing some good.
     
    06-12-2013, 06:43 PM
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Green Broke
Feeding at least the recommended minimum makes sense for feeds that are primarily for nutrition. I know some horses who get 1/2 lb of grain a day, when the recommendation is for 3-5 lbs. That 1/2 lb is coming nowhere close to providing the nutrition lacking in the hay, so yeah, it's pretty much useless.

Flax is a little bit different- you don't feed it for the vitamin or mineral content, but for the fat. If your goal is just to give a little shine to the coat (as opposed to weight gain/maintenance), then 4 oz is perfectly fine. I used to feed 2 oz once daily to my horse and he had a shiny, soft coat. I ended up increasing his in the winter to 4 oz daily for the omega-3's (no pasture) and increased a little bit more recently because he dropped a little weight this spring.
     
    06-12-2013, 06:50 PM
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Green Broke
I only give it for the shine aspect and healthier skin/coat. He's fat and has foundered. I know on the bag for his ration balancer it says he should be getting 2# a day but he's only getting 1. He definitely does not need anymore weight.
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