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Flax Seed Supplement

Flax seed is a potential supplement which is reported to improve the coat and hooves. Many report improved coats from feeding a small amount of flax seed, others are impressed by how hard the hooves become.  Flax seed is a great source of omega-3 which should help with vascular and joint health.

Feeding flax seed is surrounded by a number of myths, i.e. grind or not to grind, soak before feeding or boiling.

One concern about flax seed is that it contains components that when combined can form cyanide.  This is true of many foods, such as apples, but it seems to be the cause for the various modes of preparation.  (Heat will destroy cyanide, by forcing it to become a gas which is then dissipated to the air.)

Grinding is probably the result of visible flax seeds passing through the digestive tract, apparently without benefit.  The problem with grinding is that flax seed, when ground, can turn rancid.  This creates the need to grind just prior to feeding since it won’t store for even a short time at normal temperatures.  It can be stored in the freezer when ground.

In truth, it is not necessary to grind or cook flax seed.  The benefits are actually enhanced by feeding the whole seed and the components which can combine to form cyanide are never combined in the digestive tract, but they are when heated with additional heat dissipating the cyanide (thus the recommendation to boil).

It is suggested that flax seed should be limited to no more than 8 oz. per day per horse and the recommended amount is generally 4 oz.

Whole seed is considerably less costly than ground flax seed.  At Amazon the whole seed is listed at about $45 vs. $102 for the ground form in 50 pound bags.  Check local sources for whole seed at reasonable costs.

To read more about feeding flax seed please refer to http://www.understanding-horse-nutrition.com/flax-seed.html

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