• Welcome to the Chronicle Forums.
    Please complete your profile. The forums and the rest of www.chronofhorse.com has single sign-in, so your log in information for one will automatically work for the other. Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here are the views of the individual and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of The Chronicle of the Horse.

Announcement

Collapse

Forum rules and no-advertising policy

As a participant on this forum, it is your responsibility to know and follow our rules. Please read this message in its entirety.

Board Rules

1. You’re responsible for what you say.
As outlined in Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, The Chronicle of the Horse and its affiliates, as well Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd., the developers of vBulletin, are not legally responsible for statements made in the forums.

This is a public forum viewed by a wide spectrum of people, so please be mindful of what you say and who might be reading it—details of personal disputes are likely better handled privately. While posters are legally responsible for their statements, the moderators may in their discretion remove or edit posts that violate these rules. Users have the ability to modify or delete their own messages after posting, but administrators generally will not delete posts, threads or accounts upon request.

Outright inflammatory, vulgar, harassing, malicious or otherwise inappropriate statements and criminal charges unsubstantiated by a reputable news source or legal documentation will not be tolerated and will be dealt with at the discretion of the moderators.

2. Conversations in horse-related forums should be horse-related.
The forums are a wonderful source of information and support for members of the horse community. While it’s understandably tempting to share information or search for input on other topics upon which members might have a similar level of knowledge, members must maintain the focus on horses.

3. Keep conversations productive, on topic and civil.
Discussion and disagreement are inevitable and encouraged; personal insults, diatribes and sniping comments are unproductive and unacceptable. Whether a subject is light-hearted or serious, keep posts focused on the current topic and of general interest to other participants of that thread. Utilize the private message feature or personal email where appropriate to address side topics or personal issues not related to the topic at large.

4. No advertising in the discussion forums.
Posts in the discussion forums directly or indirectly advertising horses, jobs, items or services for sale or wanted will be removed at the discretion of the moderators. Use of the private messaging feature or email addresses obtained through users’ profiles for unsolicited advertising is not permitted.

Company representatives may participate in discussions and answer questions about their products or services, or suggest their products on recent threads if they fulfill the criteria of a query. False "testimonials" provided by company affiliates posing as general consumers are not appropriate, and self-promotion of sales, ad campaigns, etc. through the discussion forums is not allowed.

Paid advertising is available on our classifieds site and through the purchase of banner ads. The tightly monitored Giveaways forum permits free listings of genuinely free horses and items available or wanted (on a limited basis). Items offered for trade are not allowed.

Advertising Policy Specifics
When in doubt of whether something you want to post constitutes advertising, please contact a moderator privately in advance for further clarification. Refer to the following points for general guidelines:

Horses – Only general discussion about the buying, leasing, selling and pricing of horses is permitted. If the post contains, or links to, the type of specific information typically found in a sales or wanted ad, and it’s related to a horse for sale, regardless of who’s selling it, it doesn’t belong in the discussion forums.

Stallions – Board members may ask for suggestions on breeding stallion recommendations. Stallion owners may reply to such queries by suggesting their own stallions, only if their horse fits the specific criteria of the original poster. Excessive promotion of a stallion by its owner or related parties is not permitted and will be addressed at the discretion of the moderators.

Services – Members may use the forums to ask for general recommendations of trainers, barns, shippers, farriers, etc., and other members may answer those requests by suggesting themselves or their company, if their services fulfill the specific criteria of the original post. Members may not solicit other members for business if it is not in response to a direct, genuine query.

Products – While members may ask for general opinions and suggestions on equipment, trailers, trucks, etc., they may not list the specific attributes for which they are in the market, as such posts serve as wanted ads.

Event Announcements – Members may post one notification of an upcoming event that may be of interest to fellow members, if the original poster does not benefit financially from the event. Such threads may not be “bumped” excessively. Premium members may post their own notices in the Event Announcements forum.

Charities/Rescues – Announcements for charitable or fundraising events can only be made for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations. Special exceptions may be made, at the moderators’ discretion and direction, for board-related events or fundraising activities in extraordinary circumstances.

Occasional posts regarding horses available for adoption through IRS-registered horse rescue or placement programs are permitted in the appropriate forums, but these threads may be limited at the discretion of the moderators. Individuals may not advertise or make announcements for horses in need of rescue, placement or adoption unless the horse is available through a recognized rescue or placement agency or government-run entity or the thread fits the criteria for and is located in the Giveaways forum.

5. Do not post copyrighted photographs unless you have purchased that photo and have permission to do so.

6. Respect other members.
As members are often passionate about their beliefs and intentions can easily be misinterpreted in this type of environment, try to explore or resolve the inevitable disagreements that arise in the course of threads calmly and rationally.

If you see a post that you feel violates the rules of the board, please click the “alert” button (exclamation point inside of a triangle) in the bottom left corner of the post, which will alert ONLY the moderators to the post in question. They will then take whatever action, or no action, as deemed appropriate for the situation at their discretion. Do not air grievances regarding other posters or the moderators in the discussion forums.

Please be advised that adding another user to your “Ignore” list via your User Control Panel can be a useful tactic, which blocks posts and private messages by members whose commentary you’d rather avoid reading.

7. We have the right to reproduce statements made in the forums.
The Chronicle of the Horse may copy, quote, link to or otherwise reproduce posts, or portions of posts, in print or online for advertising or editorial purposes, if attributed to their original authors, and by posting in this forum, you hereby grant to The Chronicle of the Horse a perpetual, non-exclusive license under copyright and other rights, to do so.

8. We reserve the right to enforce and amend the rules.
The moderators may delete, edit, move or close any post or thread at any time, or refrain from doing any of the foregoing, in their discretion, and may suspend or revoke a user’s membership privileges at any time to maintain adherence to the rules and the general spirit of the forum. These rules may be amended at any time to address the current needs of the board.

Please see our full Terms of Service and Privacy Policy for more information.

Thanks for being a part of the COTH forums!

(Revised 1/26/16)
See more
See less

I know, I know, it's been done BUT...Flax?

Collapse
X
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • I know, I know, it's been done BUT...Flax?

    Recently I had moved my TB to my friend's new farm. The feeds she uses are completely different from what he was getting fed at the old farm. After a couple weeks I noticed that daammmn! My horse looks good!! I asked her what she was feeding him and she said she throws in a handful of flax with his night grain.
    I have never fed him flax, although he gets corn oil and is also on BioIsoG supplement. Obviously the shiny coat is an indicator, but what exactly does flax do for them? Is it safe to mix in with feed and sups? Also, long term-benefits, concerns, and is it safe to buy a big bag and just leave until it is done? Or does it go bad?? Thanks

  • #2
    I have a friend that feeds her mare flax for the calming benefits. I thought she was nuts, but then I rode with her and this mare and the mare is much less "mare-y".
    If you cannot set a good example, at least serve as a terrible warning....

    Comment


    • #3
      Ground flax doesn't last very long at all--it oxides quickly. Whole flax will store nearly forever. You can feed it whole or ground, and it's rich in omega 3s. You can toss flax in with you feed and supplements...no worries there. Some horses don't like whole flax, and will go off their feed, but that doesn't seem to be a problem for yours

      Comment


      • #4
        You can also buy ground flax that's been heat-stabilized, so that it has a longer shelf life. Basically, flax contains proteins and fats that may not be present in many prepared grains, and the Omega-3 fats are particularly good for a horse that doesn't have access to fresh, high-quality pasture all the time.
        It's very good for their skin and coats, and also helps with building strong hooves.
        "The formula 'Two and two make five' is not without its attractions." --Dostoevsky

        Comment


        • #5
          fat ponies and flax

          my pony is slightly insulin resistant and on pergolide. I would plan on asking my vet, but would flax end up putting weight on him. I am looking for a natural coat/hoof supplement that won't cause him to gain weight. TIA
          "Life is a marathon, not a sprint. Things happen for a reason." - vxf111

          Comment


          • #6
            Well I have just a really dumb question. Where do you get flax? I looked around on Jeffers and just found supplements with it in it. Not straight flax. Any suggestions?

            Comment


            • #7
              I buy 10 lbs of whole flax at the feed store and grind 2-4oz in a coffee grinder per horse. Good omega 3 balances the omega 6's in hay, grass. That little bit won't put weight on but shines up the coat. Mixes in with the other supps fine.
              ********
              There is no snooze button on a cat that wants breakfast.

              Comment


              • #8
                Originally posted by Bank of Dad View Post
                I buy 10 lbs of whole flax at the feed store and grind 2-4oz in a coffee grinder per horse. Good omega 3 balances the omega 6's in hay, grass. That little bit won't put weight on but shines up the coat. Mixes in with the other supps fine.
                Glad you brought that up. I don't want weight on them but I might try it for an extra oomph when they shed their winter coats. They are nothing but pasture ornaments, but shiny, dappley horses make me smile

                Comment


                • #9
                  Originally posted by jaimebaker View Post
                  Well I have just a really dumb question. Where do you get flax? I looked around on Jeffers and just found supplements with it in it. Not straight flax. Any suggestions?
                  Feed store! Comes in 40 lbs bags.

                  Or you can buy a pound or two at a time from the grocery store, but it's ridiculously expensive that way.

                  Comment


                  • #10
                    Originally posted by jaimebaker View Post
                    Glad you brought that up. I don't want weight on them but I might try it for an extra oomph when they shed their winter coats. They are nothing but pasture ornaments, but shiny, dappley horses make me smile
                    I don't think it helps much with weight, but it will definitely give you that nice coat, mane and tail- and my bay has gorgeous dapples now too- I just love them!! I have seen real positive changes in every horse I have fed flax (I feed it whole).

                    Comment


                    • #11
                      Horsestech makes a plain, ground, heat-stabilized flax, as well as several supplements that have a flax base. Excellent customer service, too.
                      http://www.horsetech.com
                      "The formula 'Two and two make five' is not without its attractions." --Dostoevsky

                      Comment


                      • #12
                        my pony is slightly insulin resistant and on pergolide.
                        There are some--not well known--studies that show flax may inhibit thyroid function. Now, in what quantities, I do NOT know. But I would consult both vet (whom I would not expect to even know about that!) and perhaps something like the Cushings LIst on Yahoo for people who might have more current information, or experience.

                        The last thing you want with an IR is thyroid suppression...
                        InnisFailte Pinto Sporthorses & Coloured Cobs
                        ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

                        Bits are like cats, what's one more? (Petstorejunkie)

                        Comment


                        • #13
                          Flax seems to be pricey around here. I was considering feeding some to my TB but have not yet. I added BOSS to his diet and that seems to have made an improvement. His winter coat is so shiny this year. And he doesn't seem to be as dry. He is also on Omegatin though and that's supposed to help.

                          Comment


                          • #14
                            eventer12

                            Originally posted by eventer12 View Post
                            my pony is slightly insulin resistant and on pergolide. I would plan on asking my vet, but would flax end up putting weight on him. I am looking for a natural coat/hoof supplement that won't cause him to gain weight. TIA
                            my mare is (was?) IR and is Cushings on Pergolide. she gets 1/2 cup of whole flax seed daily. the omega 3's have anti-inflammatory properties which is very important to metabolically challenged horses. also, given that live plants have more omega 6, it's particularly good to supplement horses with inflammatory conditions w/ omega 3's.

                            my mare is not gaining weight from it. not sure if it's ever an issue but certainly not at the amounts fed as supplements (1/2 - 1 cup per day). i buy mine in the local feed store. comes in a 50 lbs bag i believe. i just poured it into old kitty litter containers and put a 1 cup scoop in there for the barn feeders to use.
                            http://www.eponashoe.com/
                            TQ(Trail Queen) \"Learn How to Ride or Move Over!!\" Clique

                            Comment

                            • Original Poster

                              #15
                              So if flax oxidizes, it basically...goes bad? And not to feed it then right? And I can feed whole flax, no problem? Lastly, will it negate feeding beet pulp? Thanks everyone

                              Comment


                              • #16
                                Whole flax, due of the hull of the seeds, is very difficult to digest. So you don't get the same nutrients as with the ground Flax.

                                I've been giving my horse ground for a couple of months now. I can totally see a difference in her coat. I can't wait to see it when she sheds out.

                                Comment


                                • #17
                                  If ground flax goes bad, it has a distinctive "off" odor; flax usually has a light, nutty smell.

                                  I'm not sure what you mean by negating the beet pulp, but they can be fed together easily. In fact, one issue with flax is that it has an inverted calcium to phosphorus ratio, which some manufacturers of ground flax correct by adding calcium. But beet pulp is high in calcium so that would work very well.
                                  "The formula 'Two and two make five' is not without its attractions." --Dostoevsky

                                  Comment


                                  • #18
                                    I soak my flax seed overnight then cook it for 2 hours on low. It is like snot when its ready sorry about the description. I was taught that it can be poisonous when fed whole, anyone else also taught this
                                    If you wish to see what man made take a drive. If you wish to see what god created saddle up your horse.

                                    Comment


                                    • #19
                                      You can come talk to my horses about it being poisonous when fed whole -- they've been on it for years.
                                      I buy a whole bag, throw them a handful with feed. I have one picky eater now who doesn't seem to like it but otherwise it goes down very well. A few weeks after I started, the barn manager asked me what I was feeding them (they are on pasture board so I do self care) since their coats looked so good...
                                      The big man -- my lost prince

                                      The little brother, now my main man

                                      Comment


                                      • #20
                                        Check out Omega Horseshine. I've used it for a couple of months and my BO commented that she could see and feel the difference in my horse's coat.

                                        Comment

                                        Working...
                                        X