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        10-22-2012, 04:35 PM
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    Thanks Wallaby I knew it was one of those ratios :) And yes flax can be included in many ways, I just used oil as it was easier. But I think you can give a small amount that would help with the skin and coat but not add too many calories. But again not sure this is based off big horse amounts lol.
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        10-22-2012, 04:59 PM
    Originally Posted by Wallaby    
    About flax - I just buy the whole seeds in bulk at my local grocery store ($.60/lb) and they get digested just fine. It's MUCH cheaper to do it that way and, ime, nutritional value is absorbed whether they're whole, ground, or oil.
    I agree with this. I feed 1/4 cup of whole flax seed to my horse daily, and don't see it coming out whole on the other side Given how quickly flax seed loses its nutrients when ground (and how much more expensive stabilized ground flax seed is) I'd pick whole over ground.

    I think the choice between whole seeds and oil really depends on your end goal, however. The oil provides about 4x as many calories by volume, but doesn't have anything other than (healthy, high omega-3) fat. So, if your goal is to help with weight gain or otherwise increase fat content of the diet, oil is the way to go. If your goal is more to get the good effects of flax for a horse that is already getting enough calories, then flax seed is a better choice.

    Of course, depending on the cost of the oil and whole seeds, it still might be more economical to feed whole flax seed, even if you're looking to increase fat content. 1/2 cup of oil at $20/gallon is $0.63. It would take a little over half a pound (~1 2/3 cup) of whole flax to provide the same amount of fat. If the seeds are $0.80/lb in your area (that's how much I pay for mine), that's only ~$0.45.
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        10-22-2012, 05:22 PM
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    *sigh* it would be so much easier if I could just show you guys pictures xD

    Thanks for all of the information guys. Like I said, I'm most likely just being an over protective owner xD funny, I've been working with Sour for years but now that she's mine (which really isnt much different at all except for that I have a piece of paper) I'm worrying about everything.

    I'll look into the flax seeds when I go to the store later. Right now, any penny that I can save is great xD

    I guess I'll just add the flax seed to her diet (how much do I give her?)and switch her over to the Ziggs Costal hay instead of the alfalfa/timothy hay. If she doesnt look any better in a week or so, I could just give her about 1/4 of a pound of the rice bran.

    You're probably right about losing muscle though- all of the places that I'm seeing 'weight loss' in are areas that had built up a lot of muscle with lunging and driving. I guess I'm just not used to seeing awkward, weak looking Sour xD she's rather funny looking. Ah well, hopefully she'll be back in good shape soon. Honor loves the little bit of exercise that she's getting with Sour anyways.

    I'm having a hard time figuring out how much to exercise her and how quickly to progress her though. I'm just letting Honor hack along besides us when I hook Sour up to go for a drive (only at a walk) but I'm worried about overexherting her. At the same time it doesnt seem like enough to just drive around for 15-30 minutes so...not too sure xD

    Verona, thanks for adding all of that! Very interesting to see the ratios. I guess I'll just compare prices and see what I can find. I might start her on oil then change to seeds. I'm also looking at the possibility of adding some biotin to her diet too, to help with her overall condition

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