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  • Dangers of corn oil for horses
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    02-15-2012, 12:37 AM
Green Broke
Born2ride, all oils containing Omega6 are bad for horses, you may think it's doing good on the outside but it's causing more harm on the inside..
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    02-15-2012, 12:42 AM
Originally Posted by DrumRunner    
Born2ride, all oils containing Omega6 are bad for horses, you may think it's doing good on the outside but it's causing more harm on the inside..
well, just found this link about an Equine Study done on using corn oil. Is vegetable oil good in a horse's diet? | Horsetalk - Horse nutrition and feeding articles and information << people have very mixed feelings about oils it seems.
    02-15-2012, 12:48 AM
Green Broke
The Truth about Feeding Horses Corn Oil SmartPak Equine Blog

Through every study I've seen it says the same thing... Omega6 oils = bad, Omega3 oils = good.
    02-15-2012, 01:03 AM
Originally Posted by DrumRunner    
The Truth about Feeding Horses Corn Oil SmartPak Equine Blog

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Through every study I've seen it says the same thing... Omega6 oils = bad, Omega3 oils = good.
I did read the links, and in your 2nd link at the bottom under "feeding recommendations" it says introducing low amounts slowly is alright.

"What is the ideal amount of fat supplementation? Although there is no clear-cut answer to this question, it has been recommended to feed no more than 3.5 ounces (100 grams) of fat (oil) per 220 pounds (100 kg) body weight per day. For a 1,100-pound (500 kg) horse, this equates to a maximum of 17.5 ounces (500 grams) of oil per day. Of course, oil should be gradually introduced into the diet, and this level of feeding would be reached only after a two- or three-week adaptation period. Also, the daily amount is best divided into two or three feedings"


So, the answer is that yes, fat is safe to feed if done so within certain parameters. Start adding fat slowly to the diet to avoid digestive upset. Increase vitamin E when increasing fat. Use vegetable sources and not animal sources. Beware of adding too much, even of a good thing.

Not trying to start a debate, just making sure the OP understands feeding oils is not terrible IF done properly. I fed my 2yr.old about 1/3 cup, twice daily for about 8 months. I used it for her coat, nothing else, so theres no need to go dose heavy.
    02-15-2012, 01:07 AM
Are there any articles that say not to feed oil to horses (in moderation) not from smartpak? Just wondering because Im interested in learning about it since I've fed oil in the past (with good results). It just seems kind of biased to read only articles saying don't feed oil by smartpak who wants to sell you an alternative product!!
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    02-15-2012, 01:13 AM
Green Broke
I'm not trying to start a debate either..those a facts. You can Google your heart out and come up with the same thing from different studies...and where you got I said oils were bad I have no idea..I said Omega6 oils are bad for horses..Omega3 oils are good for horses and can have great're turning nothing, into something.

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    02-15-2012, 01:16 AM
Sorry I meant to clarify corn/veg oil which werent on your good list...and I wasnt trying to start stuff, even said I wanted to learn because I have fed oil before! Asking for more articles==trying to learn, I was just pointing out that you have to becareful with sources because some can be very biased
    02-15-2012, 01:22 AM
Green Broke
My above comment was more directed to born2ride and not yourself...Corn Oil is high in Omega6 and MAY be okay in small amounts, but in the hands of someone that's not "oil smart" corn oil can be dangerous...WHILE, vegetable oil can be beneficial to horses for shine and weight gain...I think born2ride took my posts wrong and read them as me saying oils were bad which is not the case...I go by facts and not opinion.

For more info I would Google search 'feeding horses oils' and ask your vet before trying anything...ALL oils can affect every horse differently.
    02-15-2012, 11:05 PM
I have looked at the ingredients of some horse foods and most of them say that there is vegetable oil in them, is that healthy for them or is just when you add extra is not good for horses?
    02-15-2012, 11:43 PM
Green Broke
Vegetable oil can be very good/beneficial for horses, as I said in my above post...

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