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Ask the Nutritionist: Dr. Getty's Forum for Equine Nutrition

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Ask the Nutritionist: Dr. Getty's Forum for Equine Nutrition
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feeding black oil sunflower seeds

Have you heard of feeding black oil sunflower seeds to horses and if so what has been the results.

Where are you from? georgia

How did you locate this forum? search

Re: feeding black oil sunflower seeds

Hi Harley,

Sunflower seeds (black or striped) are “powerhouses” of nutrients. They are rich in high quality protein, minerals, vitamins D and E, the B vitamins, and essential fatty acids. Therefore, they make an excellent supplement for horses. The claims about the seeds making horses coats shiny is only true because the condition of the coat is a “snapshot” of the inner health. So, a shiny coat means a healthy horse. And, feeding essential fatty acids produce healthy skin and hair.

Bottom line – yes, they are fine to use. Avoid overfeeding if the horse is overweight since they do carry a large amount of calories.

All the best,

Dr. Getty