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post #1 of 14 Old 05-19-2009, 07:08 PM Thread Starter
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Adding Oil?

I'm in love with the results of my Enrich 32 (Purina forage balancer) experiment. Mo is shiny, muscley and wonderful. However, he is now in a different pasture with more nutritious grazing, clover, alfalfa mixed in with the other grasses. I'm thinking of switching to Enrich 12 for the lower protein content, but it does not contain oil--which I think is at least partly responsible for Mo's brilliant hair coat at the moment. Feed gurus... I'm thinking of adding a little rice bran oil to his enrich 12 to make up the difference. Good idea, and if so, how much per day? Thanks!!!
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post #2 of 14 Old 05-19-2009, 11:35 PM
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I give my TB rice bran oil, he gets 2 cups a day. Before you use oil, you should check the fat content of the feed you are using. I use mine with Ultium, so Im not sure what Enrich 12 has in it.
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post #3 of 14 Old 05-20-2009, 11:00 PM Thread Starter
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That's a lot of oil. No wonder it comes in such big bottles! Mojo is an easy keeper, though, even though a TB. (I'm partial to TBs too.) Thanks for the input! Anyone else feeding oil?
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post #4 of 14 Old 05-21-2009, 06:47 AM
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many of our horses get a little bit of corn oil added to their feed, (usually the ones who are more difficult keepers) but seems to help keep their coats shiny too. I've also heard flax seed and wheat germ oil are good
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post #5 of 14 Old 05-21-2009, 06:51 AM
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with wheat germ oil you only add about a tablespoon daily
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post #6 of 14 Old 05-21-2009, 07:28 AM
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I add just corn or veggie oil to both mine. Like 1/4 of cup once a day. Actually I also add one hand of BOSS twice a day.
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post #7 of 14 Old 05-21-2009, 04:11 PM
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i give jasper about 1 cup of corn oil per feeding.

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post #8 of 14 Old 05-21-2009, 06:35 PM
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I give a dollop of corn oil over everyones feed twice a day. To early to report results yet...but I'm crossing my fingers for weight gain and shinier coats

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post #9 of 14 Old 05-22-2009, 07:27 AM
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First how much clover and such is in the pasture?? If it is less then 50% legume type forages just leave him on the Enrich32 ..

Secondly oil has been shown to prohibit the absortion of some nutriteints..

I have been called the NSC Nazi more then once ... I hate traditional feed methods of loading our horses up on grains and junk food :)
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post #10 of 14 Old 05-22-2009, 08:59 AM
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Rice bran oil is a nice addition. I would start with just 1/4 cup per day. Fortified Wheat Germ oil also works nicely, and is usually less expensive.

Too much oil, or any corn oil, can be bad for nutrient absorption. Corn oil can also increase inflammation in arthritic horses. However, products like flax, rice bran, or black oil sunflower seeds ALL contain oil, so a small amounts of the right kind of oil are just fine and can be beneficial. Good flax is up to 50% oil in its milled form .
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