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Ask the Nutritionist: Dr. Getty's Forum for Equine Nutrition
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Hi Doc thought I'd ask just in case are you allowed to feed horses straight flax seeds, and not the oil; I figured maybe since you can purchase them in bulk and the oil comes from the seed it would be better without the additives of other things and also be less expensive. Also this would also go good with the pellets he is getting please let me know thanks Cajun!

Where are you from? Arizona

How did you locate this forum? by surfing the web by accident!

Re: Flaxseeds

Hi Cajun,

Actually, it's not a good idea to feed whole flaxseeds because the horse will not be able to break open the outer hull and get to the "good stuff" inside. Plus, feeding whole flaxseeds will have a strong laxative effect!

It's much better to buy ground flaxseeds (flaxseed meal). Or, you can buy whole flaxseeds and grind them yourself (a coffee grinder works well).

Flaxseed meal adds omega 3 fatty acids that are important for healthy joints, protection of the heart, and boosting the immune system. The protein is also of high quality. I highly recommend it as a high fat, high protein, low carbohydrate supplement.

Thanks for asking!

All the best,

Dr. Getty