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Ask the Nutritionist: Dr. Getty's Forum for Equine Nutrition
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Hi DR. Getty,
Someone told me i dont have to grind whole flaxseed.They said humans cannot digest whole flaxseed but horses can. Is this true?

Thank You,

Where are you from? NY

How did you locate this forum? Looking

Re: Flaxseed

Hi Becky,

Flaxseeds are best fed ground to horses. They are not able to digest through the outer hull in the small intestine, so they end up in the hind gut. The bacteria that live there do have the enzymes to ferment the outer hull, but the beneficial inside of the seed (where the omega 3 fatty acids are) will be mostly eliminated in the manure. So, the goal in feeding flaxseed meal is to get it digested in the early part of the digestive system (small intestine), so the beneficial nutrients (proteins, fatty acids, vitamins, minerals, etc.) can be absorbed into the bloodstream.

If you do decide to feed ground flaxseeds, keep in mind that they have an inverted calcium to phosphorus ratio, so it is best to feed a calcium fortified flaxseed meal such as Nutra Flax.

Thanks for writing!

Dr. Getty

Where are you from? Bayfield, CO