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hi ma'am. i want to cut down grains and add flaxseed oil as per your suggestion to my riding school horses's feed. i would like to add 1.5kgs oats with 30ml flaxseed oil in the mornings and 2kgs oats with 40ml flaxseed oil in the evenings. we dont feed horses thrice a day. hope this gives instant energy to the animal and prevents colic and
laminitis in them.

Hello Roberts,

I'm not sure that there's a question here, but what you're suggesting sounds reasonable.  But don't forget to make the best use of your forages  and make sure your horses have unlimited access to the appropriate quality pasture or hay.

Thanks, Corlena

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Corlena Patterson


I can help with any of your horse nutrition questions and concerns. I have been involved with horses for closing on 40 years, with a B.Sc in Animal Science and currently working on an M.Sc in Equine Science with the University of Edinburgh. I have owned my own feed store, consulted professionally as an equine nutritionist, and lectured in the fields of equine and dairy nutrition at the University level for 5 years. I have developed and currently market 'Ration-X', a ration formulation program for horses...designed for the everyday horse owner. I am happy to help in any way I can.


Experienced in developing and implementing feed programs for horses of all disciplines, creating custom horse supplements and managing inter-disciplinary equine facilities. Specialize in equine nutrition consulting.

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