The Best Form of Flax for Your Horse
Q. I’d like to start supplementing my horse with flax to improve his coat quality. My friend recommended that I buy ground stabilized flax. I went to the feed store and found it had flax oil. Additionally, the feed store sells whole flaxseeds that are far cheaper than the ground or the oil. I’ve read that horses cannot digest whole flaxseed. Is that true, and which form of flax should I buy?
A. Flax is a good source of plant-based omega-3 fatty acids and has become a popular supplement for horses for improving coat quality and as a way to support a healthy inflammatory response.
Flaxseeds are small and hard, and if you’ve ever had them in your breakfast cereal or in whole grain bread, you know they become slimy once in contact with saliva. This is thanks to the mucilage that forms when they become wet. They can also be tricky to
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