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    06-20-2009, 05:48 PM

Which oil is better to give horses who need weight?
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    06-20-2009, 05:54 PM
Hmmm, I don't know much about oil. Now Nelson gets Corn Oil with his grain - but that's because he choked and I don't want him to choke again.

I heard Rice Bran Oil is great. Helps keep or gain weight, shiney coat....
    06-20-2009, 05:58 PM
Green Broke
For older horses, I would recommend oil. You should look at stabilized rice bran, milled flax, or a supplement like Amplify or Empower. I use NutraFlax and have had great luck with it. You can have them add probitiocs and yeast to it too, which will help with weight gain.
    06-20-2009, 07:20 PM
I would NOT use oil it has been shown to inhibit(sp) the utilization of some vitamins and minerals which is wasted money :)
    06-20-2009, 09:12 PM
Green Broke
I was adding about an 1/8th cup of canola oil, twice daily, to everyone's diet because it is high in Omega-3. Other oils are high in Omega-6, which is thought to aggravate inflammation.

"Was" is the operative here. I had been using canola oil for about a year.

My horses come in at night & out in the morning. One night I noticed my 20 yo & 22 yo were not urinating as heavily as they should be. I sort of wondered if the oil was having that effect on them, but thought that was stupid and kept using it.

Then I ended up on crutches for awhile and Mr. WTW had to feed the horses for a couple weeks. To keep things a little easier I said "forget the oil".

By the time I was able to get back to feeding everyone, I noticed those two senior horses were back to peeing normally (that means half a river).

It could just be coincidence and the canola oil really wasn't inhibiting the older horses' ability to pee, but I'm not putting them back on to find out.

The best and safest thing to add for weight gain would be rice bran. It comes in pellet or powder form. It is 20% healthy fat.

I suggest rice bran because I am reading about a lot of choke cases with beet pulp. It doesn't seem to matter if it is soaked or not. The one thing all these choke victims do seem to have in common is that they are fast eaters and gulp their food down.

I won't feed beet pulp as I feel the rice bran is much less of a worry issue. My I-R/EMS horse lost about 80# in six weeks when he first got noticeably sick. I have been feeding him 8 measured ounces twice daily for two years and he is maintaining his weight on that small amount

Point-being a small amount of rice bran might be able to be added as a weight-gain supplement to your horse's diet

Pelleted rice bran, a pelleted vit/min supplement, and Omega-3 Horseshine are all my four horses get since the one became insulin resistant.

The I-R horse does get a host of additional herbs & minerals geared toward controlling his glucose level.

Hope this helps
    06-21-2009, 11:21 AM
Green Broke
Oops.. My statement should have read:

Originally Posted by luvs2ride1979    
For older horses, I would NOT recommend oil.
As PeggySue said, it can inhibit absorption of nutrients. It can also increase inflammation in arthritic horses.
    06-21-2009, 12:58 PM
Ok. I'll take the oil out
    06-21-2009, 01:41 PM
Green Broke
I use Mazola Corn Oil.

Oil has a lot of benefits. The best to determine if it'll be good for your particular horse though is your vet. When we get rescue horses here from the AC, they are put on feed with oil under vet supervision. Not every horse is the same but it can do a lot of good.

High fat:
  • Decreases body heat production with exercise
  • Decreases risk of colic, founder and gastric ulcers
  • Provides a ready source of energy that does not have to be chewed
  • Provides high energy feed in a low volume
  • Improves respiratory function in horses with chronic respiratory disease
  • Enhances oxidative metabolism
  • Controls or prevents EPSM
  • Avoids OCD (a joint disease)
  • Improves haircoat and skin
  • Possibly protects from post-anesthetic muscle problems
    06-21-2009, 02:17 PM
Contact your Veterinarian about oil, or even an Equine Nutritionist and see what they say.
    06-21-2009, 11:55 PM
Green Broke
Unless your vet is up on the latest research (and most vest aren't), they won't know anything about the recently discovered negative effects of oil on senior horses or those with health issues. Most equine nutritionists are paid by feed companies, so I wouldn't trust them either.

Do your own homework.

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