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    07-17-2009, 09:44 PM
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What do you guys think about corn oil? I read some article that says corn oil is bad to give your horse. I usually drizzle it on top of his electrolytes but I don't wanna give him something that "prevents absorption of important nutrients" any comments? In the mean time im going to stop giving it to him until I get some input. Thanks in advance! =]
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    07-17-2009, 11:19 PM
Green Broke
Corn oil is fine in small amounts for most horses. It's when you start feeding 1/2 cup or more that you might want to re-evaluate. It's not great for older horses or horses with digestive issues.

I use Apple Cider Vinegar to mix my powdered supplements, 1/2 cup. It helps keep the flies off (changes the PH of their skin) and helps prevent thrush.
    07-17-2009, 11:37 PM
I give my TB a 1/4 cup of corn oil once a day. It keeps him shiny and he doesnt bolt his beet pulp if it has a little oil in it.

Luves2ride is right, small amounts is ok.
    07-17-2009, 11:38 PM
Green Broke
Isn't it used for adding weight?
    07-18-2009, 10:26 AM
Corn oil and other vegetable oils are fine for use to put on weight or for extra energy at amounts of up to 15% of a horses diet. (About 1-2 cups a day is commonly used). However, corn oil isn't the best oil choice for a horse with chronic inflammatory conditions like arthritis because it is high in Omega 6 fatty acids which feed into the inflammatory cycle.
    07-18-2009, 11:31 AM
I like the dac Oil has flax and fish oil which are good sources of omega 3. Every horse I have seen on it looks great!!
    07-18-2009, 04:16 PM
Hmm...good comments guys! I will look into some of this! =]
    07-20-2009, 03:45 PM
Originally Posted by luvs2ride1979    

I use Apple Cider Vinegar to mix my powdered supplements, 1/2 cup. It helps keep the flies off (changes the PH of their skin) and helps prevent thrush.
The horse eats it readily?
    07-20-2009, 04:18 PM
All of my horses we feed 1/4cup of corn oil and apple cidar vinegar along with their beet pulp, pellets and electrolytes/supplements and theyre all fat, happy, shiny and don't have flies around them!
    07-20-2009, 05:17 PM
I've always used corn oil as a cheap substitute for things like rice bran, and sometimes I recommend it to people who gawk at paying 28 dollars for natural glo. Natural Glo/Rice bran is probably better than lower grade linseed meal or vegetable oils, but I can't always afford it either so I understand why people probably use it all the time. It does make them shiny, and adds some weight but it can add energy if you go crazy or your horse is already high energy, where as the rice bran makes 'em shiny a little fatter than oil and doesn't add energy, so depends on the horse. I've never heard it prevents nutrients, but would be curious where you read that and what nutrients it prevents. It seems like there is a bit of a war on high fructose corn syrup so could this be propaganda steaming from that? High fructose corn syrup is really processed where I don't think they do that much to the oil, but I'm no expert, someone was just telling me that it's that they break down the natural sugars which are complex into single sugars that give us those highs and lows and metabolism problems. But I don't know what they do to the oil, so I can't say. From experience I haven't had a problem with it.

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