Micronised linseed is an excellent food for adding bloom to horses. It is low in starch and sugar, high in protein and it’s gel forming fibre can help smooth the passage of food through the digestive system.
However it is the high, health giving natural source of omega 3 content of linseed which makes it vital to add to the diets of all horses at a low level in winter or to those horses which are on either a reduced grass diet or no grass at all. Omega 3 essential fats are essential in the diet meaning that the horse must get them from the food it eats.
Linseed oil, linseed meal or linseed? We always recommend feeding the whole linseed, as opposed to linseed meal or linseed oil.
Linseed oil does not contain the important fibre and unless it has been cold pressed, is often extracted using chemical solvents. Similarly, linseed expeller (linseed meal) is the by product of the extraction process, where the meal is left over after the linseed oil has been extracted.
The best option, for optimum health benefits is is always to feed linseed in it’s whole natural form.