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

Does anyone have information about feeding Linnseed Oil Cake?


Where are you from? Belleville, Ontario

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Re: Linnseed Oil Cake

Hello JHughson,

Linseed oil cake is flaxseed meal that has had all the oil taken out of it, leaving the "pulp" of the flax (also referred to as linseed). It is very high in protein and can be safely added to the diet in small amounts. However, it should not be fed in large quantities because it generally contains more than 30% protein. So, a few ounces, depending on the needs of the horse, is all you should consider.

The down side to this product is that it has the wonderful Omega 3 fatty acids removed. Omega 3 fatty acids are found in the the oil and benefit the horse in many ways, including reducing inflammation, protecting joints, hooves, skin, blood vessels, heart, and hair. They also normalize the immune system.

So, you're much better off feeding a stabilized flaxseed meal product that has some added calcium to reverse the inverted calcium to phosphorus ratio naturally found in flax. I recommend Nutra Flax.

All the best,

Dr. Getty

Where are you from? Bayfield, CO