SandGuard helps prevent Painful Sand Colic
The thick organic flax seed gel traps and suspends sand, carrying it out of the body.
The fiber in flax acts as a broom, sweeping the colon clean of toxic material, metabolic waste and sand. Flax fiber is an excellent food for friendly bacteria in the intestine which keeps disease-causing organisms in check.
Many horse owners wonder if Ground Flax Seed would do as good a job of eliminating sand colic as the psyllium husk without the danger of breathing the husk dust. The answer is a resounding YES!
Now there is SandGuard
This premium product is stone ground 100% Pure Food Grade Stone Ground Organic Flax Seed that contains a high mucilage (soluble fiber) content that swells and takes on a jelly like consistency, helping prevent sand colic and impaction. The thick flax seed gel traps and suspends sand, carrying it out of the body. Plus the animal gets the added benefit of the high Omega 3 and 6 EFA’s (Essential Fatty Acids) for an overall boost that makes them shine with health – and a beautiful coat as an added bonus!
The protein in flax seeds is easily digested and contains all the amino acids needed for building a strong healthy body. Twelve percent of flax seed makeup is mucilage which makes it a gentle, nonirritating, natural laxative. Flax mucilage is perfect for a sensitive stomach, acting as a buffer for excess stomach acids, soothing ulcers or bowel disorders. Flax expands up to 20 times in volume and should be taken with a generous amount of clean, fresh water.
Organic Stone Ground Flax seeds for sand colic
Organic stone ground flax seeds are a natural organic substance containing the highest levels of lignans (not found in flax oil) called secoisolariciresinol glucoside or (SDG), a phytonutrient. In Stone Ground Flax Seed, there is between 30 – 60 mg SDG per gram of ground flax seed, whereas flax seed oil has only minute quantities, less than 1 mg per gram.
We ensure that SandGuard has the full value of the flax seeds retained in the product by grinding the flax seeds carefully using a cool granite stone milling process that is slow and laborious.
SandGuard is freshly ground immediately prior to shipping (without any manufacturing or chemical process), and so is easily converted to mammalian lignans – enterodiol (ED) and enterolactone (EL) by friendly bacteria in the animal’s bowel. ED and EL are great free radical scavengers and therefore powerful antioxidants as well as boosting the immune system.
SandGuard is very palatable. Horses love the taste of the pure organic ground flax seed. SandGuard absorbs water in the intestines to form a jelly-like substance that helps remove sand from the intestines, preventing costly and painful sand colic. Sand accumulation can also cause diarrhea due to the irritation of the intestinal tract.
Doing a diagnosis for sand colic can be done easily by mixing feces with water (clear gallon jar) and letting the sand settle out to the bottom of the container. This can be checked visually. Too much sand is a warning of potential problems. Ideally, no sand should be visible at all at the bottom of the vessel. It is also best to avoid feeding horses on the ground especially, if you have sandy soil and poor grass.
This is from a very pleased client:
Each horse started off with 4-6 oz. of stone ground flax mixed with their oats every morning for 3 days, (4 oz. for the Arabians and Ponies, 6 oz. for the larger breeds like TB’s). With most of the horses, their manure was loose because of this by the second day, but the amount of sand being pushed through on days 2 and 3 was very noticeable.
As a maintenance dose, we give them 1-2 oz. daily (again, depending on the weight of the horse). The rule of thumb we’ve followed is 1 oz. of ground flax for every 1000 lbs. of weight.
We have been using this routine for over 4 months and have done random manure tests for sand content the entire time. The results have always been consistent in that after the initial “loading dose” of ground flax for 3 days, followed by a week of the daily maintenance dose, the amount of sand in the manure of each individual horse has been steadily the same and in small quantities. We test for sand content by placing manure in a clear glass of water, letting it sit for a few hours, then observing the amount of sand at the bottom of the glass.
Our ranch is located on all sand in west Florida. While the amount of ingested sand from our Bahia grass pastures may be more extreme than other sandy locations, we had tried all of the commercial psyllium-based products with either little or no results for 6 months. After researching about psyllium, we observed that – even if pelleted – there was noticeable psyllium dust when the horses were eating. Needless to say, the dust is toxic according to tests the commercial manufacturers have made themselves.
Our search for a safe and beneficial alternative to psyllium for the removal of ingested sand in horses ended with our use of stone ground flax. Of course, the benefits of stone ground flax as a daily nutritional supplement are extraordinary. While removing sand, the Omega 3-6 oils and Lignans have greatly improved the hair and hooves of every horse. We didn’t realize this until our farrier made a comment about the excellent condition of their hooves 3 months after we began using the stone ground flax. We have had people recently ask how our horses have such shiny coats even after rolling in the pastures every day. That’s when we realized that the only feed change we had made was the addition of the stone ground flax.
Even if our horses were on good soil without any sand, I would be supplementing their feed with 1-2 oz. of stone ground flax daily. We are a small non-profit horse sanctuary and have different breeds and sizes and ages, even a miniature. Where we see the greatest health improvement from the stone ground flax is with the older horses in their 20s.
The stone ground flax has improved the conditions of old stiff and overworked joints of worn-out training stable horses. Our 26 year old TB is now enjoying weekly trail rides and a greater quality of life because of the flax. When we got him last year, his joints were so stiff he could barely trot. Now, he acts like a horse half his age and moves like one as well.
Michael Edward, Southwind Ranch Horse Sanctuary
This product is 100% Pure Food Grade Organic Ground Flax Seed. SandGuard comes in a 5 Pound bulk package. 5 pounds is approximately 20 cups.
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