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post #1 of 4 Old 02-12-2013, 11:16 PM Thread Starter
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Yeast Culture and Linseed Oil

I recently heard a boarder say that yeast culture and linseed oil is really good to feed horses. Care to explain what they do? (Sorry for all the silly questions)
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post #3 of 4 Old 02-16-2013, 01:16 AM
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Linseed and Flaxseed are the same thing. Many people feed flax (either whole, ground, or in oil form) to add omega 3 to the horses diet. Flax has a 4:1 ratio of omega 3 to omega 6 supplying approximately 6.4 or so grams of omega 3 per ounce. With many horses having limited to no access to pasture grass and also with some being on a diet high in omega 6's (from grain) omega 3 supplementation is important. It also has anti-inflammatory properties, especially helpful for arthritic horses. A lot of vitamin/mineral supplements use flax as their base.
Yeast culture is supposed to aid in hindgut function. It probably has other benefits, but that is the only one I know of without looking into it further.
Here are a few interesting links on yeast culture-
Yeast Cultures
http://www.ker.com/library/equinews/v12n1/v12n114.pdf
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make sure of the type of oil you use. Some linseed oil is used as leather cleaner. Lol..
Brewers yeast states it helps digest fiber in the hind gut. I am planning on trying it. I jsut got some flax seed - organic ground seed at walmart fairly cheap, and it would be higher quality than what woudl be used for horses, has to pass the standards for human use. ;)
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