Benefits of Flaxseed


Hi! My name is Casie Bazay. I'm a mom, a freelance writer, and a certified equine acupressure practitioner.

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12 Responses

  1. Mary says:

    Did I miss something. How much ground flax seed for horses?

  2. Carol says:

    The article mentions you sell ground flaxseed. Has this flaxseed been heat stabilized? Freshly ground flaxseed starts degrading immediately upon being ground. If it has not been heat stabilized it quickly loses it’s nutritional benefits.

  3. Tori says:

    This is great info about Flax! How much do you feed your horse?

  4. Carol says:

    I mix heat stabilized ground flax seed, whole flax seeds (there’s benefits to the horse for both ground and whole), raw pumpkin seeds, raw sunflower seeds, chia seeds, & hemp seeds. It all gets mixed together in a bucket with a tight fitting lid. Each of my five horses gets a heaping quarter-cup a day mixed in with their grain and supplements. They seem to like it. I just be sure to use at least twice as much pumpkin seeds as sunflower seeds, as sunflower seeds are high in omega 6, which is pro-inflammatory (although there’s still benefits to feeding them), and pumpkin seeds are high in omega 3, anti-inflammatory. My horses have a deep glossy coat in the summer…even my vet commented on their shiny coats this summer. Many of my neighbors give their horses flax seed and they feed between a quarter and half cup a day.

  5. Nadine says:

    The place where I board started feeding our horses (her 14 and my 1) whole flax seed about 8 months ago. They get 1/2 cup whole flax seed as part of their evening supplement bowl. I don’t know if it has done anything to help her “itchies” but her coat looks amazing!

  6. Lynn says:

    I’ve been feeding my mare 1/2 a cup of ground flax seed for years. I use Horse Tech’s Nutraflax. Have never had a problem with it going bad and it takes me about 2-3 months to get through a bag. Nutraflax has a guaranteed shelf life of 2 years. I think I read that it also helps move sand out of the gut. She love it and her coat is ‘glossy.’ Flax is great stuff!

  7. Janet says:

    Any difference in feeding ground flax or whole flax seeds?

    • Casie says:

      Ground flax is more easily absorbed by the horse’s digestive system. The seeds may pass through without being digested at all.

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