Originally Posted by Peggysue
the difference between ground flax and whole flax is 2% on average and as soon as you grind it you start losing the nutrition so ..... I was "digging" thur poo ball last night on the horse I just brought here Fri and didn't find any "whole" flax seeds for what it's worth
You feed a max of 8oz daily of whole flax at 26% protien
Your ration balancer is approx 135grams of protien and a no work horse needs on average between 540 to 720grams
Flax would only give you another 50 to 60 grams of protien
The benifits are far greater then you would think ... poor topline is a lack of quality protien
Just some interesting reading I found last night http://www.ker.com/library/advances/104.pdf
Do you have any pictures of this horses that we could see?
You're only assuming I'm feeding him the ration balancer. Isn't alfalfa high in protein as well? That's not making up for all of it of course but alfalfa does make up the majority of his (controlled) forage diet.
I have one extremely non-confo pic of him, where he looks better than he does. I just don't like taking my camera to the barn since its a super nice touch screen and its super easy to break! Rather than clog up the board because its huge, here's a link
Thank you for that link, although it only discussed performance horses, which he is so not haha. But it really irks me at the lack of articles, or info in general, that don't break down specifically what horses need! I like numbers, not percentages......