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The benefits of feeding linseed to horseshave been appreciated for years. But it has not always been the mostpractical feed due to a lengthy preparation time of boiling before use.New technology now allows us to feed straight from the bucket. ScienceSupplements Linseed Conditioner is a pure Linseed product, not to beconfused with other products on the market which may only contain aslittle as 33% linseed because they are mixed with cheaper sources ofoil. Linseed Conditioner has been micronised (cooked) and comes as apalatable meal ready to feed. Linseed Conditioner is high in oil andvery low in starch thus providing a 'safer' energy source compared tocereal feeds.
Linseed Conditioner maintains healthy skin condition and produces ashow ring shine effortlessly. This is due to the high concentration ofomega 3 fatty acids found in linseed oil, unlike that of soya or cornoil. Scientific Research has reported the benefits of linseed for horsesand the high level of omega 3 fatty acids helps to maintain skinhealth. Ordinary linseed is low in calcium and has an unfavourablecalcium to phosphorus ratio. Linseed Conditioner has been fortified withcalcium to redress this balance helping to maintain normal skeletal,nerve and muscle function. Scientific Research has proven that horsesrequire extra vitamin E when fed diets supplemented with oil. LinseedConditioner has been fortified with generous levels of vitamin E tosatisfy this increased requirement.
In what form does linseed conditioner come? Linseed Conditioner comes in the form of a meal that looks similar to bran.
How do I feed Linseed Conditioner? Linseed Conditioner is very palatable and so can simply be added to your existing feed daily.
Doesn't linseed need to be boiled before feeding? Linseed is a very traditional feed that has been fed for very manyyears. However, up until recently linseed needed to be boiled beforefeeding to destroy some undesirable substances similarly to soya.Linseed Conditioner uses modern micronising technology to pre-cook thelinseed at very high temperatures so that it can be fed straight fromthe bucket with no need for soaking or boiling.
How much Linseed Conditioner should I feed per day? The amount of Linseed Conditioner that you feed per day will depend onyour individual horse or pony, its bodyweight and level of exercise. As aguide, we recommend between 125 - 500g per day for a pony (this isroughly equivalent to 1/2 - 2 mugs full per day). For a horse we suggestbetween 250 - 1000g per day (this is roughly equivalent to 1 - 4 mugsfull per day). It is important to always feed to maintain a suitablebody weight and condition.
Linseed Conditioner is very high in protein (22%) is this ok? Linseed Conditioner contains 22% protein. This means that for every100g fed it provides 22g of protein. Even when Linseed Conditioner isfed at the maximum recommended level for a horse, for example, it willstill only provide 220g of protein, which is about 20% of the dailyrequirement for a horse in work. So as you can see the percentageprotein content of a feed is only relevant when looked at together withthe level of the feed fed daily.
How much oil does Linseed Conditioner provide? Linseed Conditioner provides about 34% oil. This means that for every100g fed 34g will be oil. For example, a horse fed 500g of LinseedConditioner will gain an additional 170g of oil. Supplementing anendurance horses' diet with oil is reported to be beneficial to helpmaintain condition, but also to allow efficient use of 'fuel' duringexercise.
Do I need to feed any additional vitamin E or calcium with Linseed Conditioner?It is recommended that horses being fed an oil- supplemented diet befed additional vitamin E (antioxidant). Linseed Conditioner howeveralready provides the recommended additional vitamin E required in abioavailable form. Ordinary linseed has very low calcium to phosphorusratio and ideally should be fed with additional calcium. ScienceSupplements have balanced the calcium to phosphorus ratio in LinseedConditioner and so there is no need for additional calcium.
Why are omega 3 fatty acids important? Omega 3 fatty acids are essential fatty acids that need to be fed aspart of the diet as they cannot be synthesised by your horse. They areonly found in very low amounts in popular oils such as corn and soyaoil. These latter oils are the ones most commonly added to a horses'ration either by horse owners or by horse feed manufacturers. Incontrast, Linseed Conditioner is a very rich source of omega 3 fattyacids. Omega 3 fatty acids are important to help maintain coat and skincondition, to maintain immune function and to aid repair processes.
Will Linseed Conditioner make my horse excitable? Linseed Conditioner is very efficient at both promoting weight andcondition in underweight horses and ponies or helping to maintaincondition in those training and competing regularly. However, becauseLinseed Conditioner is low in starch and high in fibre and oil (slowrelease energy), it is less likely to cause excitability than some othercereal containing feeds.
Is linseed conditioner suitable for ponies prone to laminitis? Linseed is very low in starch and simple sugars and is high in easilydigestible fibre. It is therefore a suitable feed for ponies that areprone to Laminitis. However, as many ponies at risk of laminitis areprone to weight gain, care should be taken not to overfeed and asuitable bodyweight should be maintained at all times.
Instructions for use & feeding guide
Level 150ml (80g) scoops per day
For weight gain & condition, for stamina or as an alternative to cereals*
Pony Approximately 250kg 5
Horse Approximately 500kg 10
Large Horse Over 750kg 15
For skin condition or to maintain body condition after weight gain
Pony Approximately 250kg 3
Horse Approximately 500kg 5
Large Horse Over 750kg 8
This linseed product is cooked and ready to feed. Detailed feedingguides for different sizes of horses and for weight gain, condition,skin condition or for horses with problems requiring a low starch intake(e.g. laminitis, PSSM, tying-up, etc) are available on our website. Aswith any change in feeding, introduce slowly over at least 5-7 days.
*cereal portion must be reduced as Linseed Conditioner is introduced
Mix thoroughly with feed and split between meals where possible.
Do not exceed the recommended intake
Per Level Scoop (150ml/80g): Estimated energy (DE) 1.64 MJ, Oil 28g,Linolenic acid (omega-3) 5.1g, Calcium:Phosphorus ratio = 2:1
Micronised linseed meal, limestone, Vitamin E, Bentonite, mixed tocopherols, silica dioxide, natural antioxidant
Oils & Fats 34% , Protein 22%, Ash 7.4%, Fibre 7%, Vitamin E 375mg/kg