Linseed for the Health of Horses and Ponies

Cold-pressed Linseed Oil & Milled Linseed for the Health of  Horses and Ponies


Flax Farm specialises in producing top quality fresh linseed (flax). We produce a range of cold-pressed linseed oil for and milled linseed for your horses, dogs and other animals including chickens.

Flavour – horses enjoy it

Optimal nutrition – better for your horse

Pressed by us in West Sussex – you know you are getting the best

Cold-pressed linseed (flax) omega-3 oil for horses

  • Linseed or Flax?
  • Flax Farm Top Quality Cold-pressed Linseed (Flax Seed) Omega-3 Oil
  • Natural Omega-3
  • Breeding
  • Winter-feeding
  • Linseed Oil is balances other oils
  • How to buy/store and feed Flax Farm cold-pressed linseed oil

Cold-pressed linseed oil

Cold-pressed linseed (flaxseed) oil is simply pure unrefined cold-pressed oil that has been gently squeezed from the best UK-grown linseeds and delivered fresh from pressing. Careful production, the highest standards of quality control and freshness mean the oil is in pristine condition with maximum nutritional benefit and a mild flavour your animals will enjoy.  Cold-pressed linseed oil is an excellent way to feed omega-3 to animals and birds. Modern feeds for all animals tend to have raised the levels of omega-6 in their diets so they need omega-3 for essential balance and health.

horse oil labelThe Benefits of Feeding Flax Farm Linseed Oil. For centuries horse owners have fed linseed and linseed (flaxseed) oil to their horses for peak condition with a glossier easier to groom coat, strong hooves, muscle tone, fitness and performance. Now modern scientists and vets have clearly shown its efficacy is due to omega-3.

Superior Quality
Flax Farm take a lot of extra care over producing a cold-pressed linseed oil for horses that’s as good as it can be. The gentleness of our cold-pressing and freshness means the quality is top notch. We always supply it in light proof containers to ensure that its valuable omega-3 isn’t damaged by sunlight. We can tell you it’s top quality, we don’t expect you to try it but if you’ve ever bought linseed (or flax seed oil as it is otherwise known as) you wiould be very pleasantly surprised. As it is you’ll just have to take your horse’s word for it!

Some of The Benefits of Feeding Linseed Oil
  • Useful for horses and ponies prone to laminitis and difficult to keep shoes on.
  • Boosted immune system and good for respiratory system
  • healthy cell and strong bone development during pregnancy and for youngsters
  • Aids recovery after competition and training
  • Healthier, shinier coats and easier to groom.
  • Improves dry coats
  • Linseed Oil can help relieve the symptoms of sweet itch
  • Calms temperament, aids concentration

Linseed Oil is also know as Flax Seed Oil; they are exactly the same thing. In the UK it has always been called “Linseed” but in recent years the more American term “Flax” has caught on.

Top Quality Cold-Pressed Linseed Oil. If you give your animals fresh quality feed you will want the best linseed oil for them. Flax Farm Cold-pressed Linseed oil is simply the best; pure unrefined cold-pressed oil that is gently squeezed from home-grown linseeds. It is as close to nature as possible and contains all the naturally occurring micro-nutrients and antioxidants that aid absorption and health. Careful production, and the highest standards of quality control mean that the beneficial omega-3 is in pristine condition

  • Fresh (we send it to you within a few days of pressing).
  • Clear light gold colour shows the quality of Flax Farm cold-pressed linseed oil.
  • Ultra-mild flavour. Linseed Oil should always have a delicate flavour; the mild flavour shows the oil is frresh and the omega-3 in good condition
  • Palatability. It’s important that Linseed Oil should taste nice so your horses can enjoy it in their feed. We taste the oil before it goes out to ensure quality.

Omega-3 is an essential nutrient for horses.

Animals can’t make omega-3 in their bodies, so like minerals and protien, they have to get it from food. Approximately 25% of every cell membrane is made from omega-3.

Plant Based Omega-3 is more Natural for Horses Than Cod Liver Oil.

Cod Liver Oil is a source of EPA and DHA omega-3 fatty acids, but horses are herbivores and designed to get their omega-3 from plants as ALA (alpha linolenic) fatty acid. Naturally it is the form found in grass and other plants. Cod liver oil comes from fish and is not a natural food for horses. The omega-3 in Flax Farm linseed oil is simply the oil gently pressed from the whole linseeds and provides the ALA omega-3 fatty acid horses need.

Cleaner and Easier than Boiling Linseed

In the old days in order to extract the goodness of the linseeds it was soaked and boiled, to a thick mucilaginous gloop which invariably boiled over and made a terrible mess on the top of the stove. Flax Farm cold-pressed Linseed Oil gives you the goodness of the linseeds in an easier to feed and more digestible form.


Breeding: Omega-3 as is essential for the correct working of all systems in the body, including balanced hormones which is important for the mare to come in season and ovulate normally, it is necessary for the fertility of stallions and milk production. Omega-3 is a component in every cell in the body; it essential for healthy development and allows foals to develop to the full potential of their genes, with strong bones, muscles and a healthy immune system. Feeding Flax Farm Linseed oil fro the very start gets youngsters off to a good start.

Mares. The females of all equines produce a milk is naturally very high in omega-3 (it is why Cleopatra bathed in asses milk – the omega-3 would have been absorbed through the skin and keeps wrinkles at bay and is a great aid to a beautiful complexion). For the mares it is important they get enough omega-3 in their diet and in the right balance so they can pass this on to their foal for its healthy strong development. Flax Farm cold-pressed linseed oil provides an excellent source of omega-3 for mares and for weaning youngsters.

Beautiful Healthy Skin and Coat. Linseed oil has a reputation for effortlessly developing a beautiful show sheen and making coats easier to groom.

Winter-Feeding – Healthy Metabolism: Linseed also provides useful calories and helps to keep condition or your horse and is an aid to helping them feeling warm.


Horses and Ponies need both omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, they are essential building blocks for healthy cell development. These fatty acids have to come from food because, like minerals and protein, animals cannot make them in their body. Their natural diets contain a balance of one part omega-3 and two parts omega-6. However most major ingredients in horse feed including oats, wheat, maize and soya have a lot of the omega-6 which is inflammatory and in addition many people feel other vegetable oil which further unbalances horses’ metabolism. This means can’t get enough of the anti-inflammatory omega-3 to provide the essential balance for healthy cell and hormone production. All horses, especially those in hard work, breeding animals, old or young stock need extra omega-3.

Linseed oil is the only vegetable oil which has more omega-3 than omega-6, so it is the only oil that can rebalance the diet. Other vegetable oils make imbalance worse and can result in stiff joints, scurfy itchy skin, poor attention, spookiness and other typical symptoms of fatty acid imbalance.

All Vegetable Oils are not the same!

Why Linseed Oil is the only vegetable oil you can feed to rebalance the fats in your horse’s diet:

 Common Oils & Fats  Omega-6  Omega-3  Inflammatory or


 Maize/Corn Oil 59 0 cross  Very inflammatory
 Soya Oil 50 7 cross  Very inflammatory
 Rapeseed Oil 30 7 cross  Inflammatory
 Olive Oil 8 0 cross   Inflammatory
 Sunflower Oil 65 0 cross  Very inflammatory
 Typical Vegetable Oil 57 1.5 cross  Very inflammatory
 Flax Farm Linseed Oil 14 59 tick  Anti-inflammatory 

This table shows why sunflower, corn, olive, rapeseed and soya oils do not do the same job as linseed oil. All these other vegetable oils should be thought of as just additional calories for your horse’s diet. If these oils are fed additional linseed oil should always be fed to provide natural balance the horse would get in the wild from grazing natural grasses and herbs .

Cod-liver and blended fish oils are good sources of omega-3 but are not a natural food for horses. (There have been enough scares due to pollutants in the ocean and to feeding unnatural foods to livestock; we don’t need to feed horses fish).

How to use: The simplest way to use the Flax Farm Cold-pressed Linseed Oil is simply to mix it in food fresh every day. Unlike the whole linseeds the linseed oil does not need to be cooked, in fact the cooler you can keep it the better.

How much to Buy

Cold-Milled Ground Linseed

Ground linseed is whole linseed freshly cold-milled. It contains virtually no available starch or sugar, it is a rich source of omega-3, fibre and protein.  It is easy to feed and being fresh is very plateable.

Linseed Meal

Linseed meal is available as flakes or finely milled,  It is lower in fat than ground linseed and is a very nutritious food. It is good source of omega-3, rich in fibre and protein.  It is easy to feed and  plateable. Meal is a slightly lower cost food.

How much to Use:

The amounts given are for normal healthy maintenance. More can be fed as directed by your vet or other animal health professional.

  • For 15-16 hands/ 1.5-1.6m.  Mix 3 tablespoons/45-50ml added to feed; for smaller or larger animals feed pro rata.  Foals, young stock, pregnant and lactating mares can be fed up to double.

Storing Linseed Oil:

  • Store linseed oil in a cool dark place and try to finish within three-four months. Don’t throw away any unused linseed oil: it is good for treating woodwork.