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    01-16-2013, 02:12 AM
Paraffin oil as a feed supplement?! I'm not sure I'd want to be giving that to my horses...
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    01-16-2013, 11:11 AM
Originally Posted by Brighteyes    
PSS: Rice bran does wonders to build lean muscle as well as weight. It's pretty expensive to feed the amount you would need to provide significant fat, however. It's only 20% fat, unlike oil, which is 100% fat.
According to the Seminole nutritionist their Ultra Bloom Rice Bran Pellets have 2000 kcalories per lb. Not too shabby if you want to add weight to a horse.
    01-16-2013, 02:48 PM
I don't think the cocosoya oil is expensive. I drive to big dees and buy it in 5 gal containers. It's worth the money. It lasts forever.

Good you got your horse figured out.

Safe choice may be marketed as a low starch feed, but it really isn't that low. There are much better feed options out there. My RB is only 13% NSC, quite a bit lower than safe choice.
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    01-16-2013, 11:27 PM
Green Broke
I had to get mine cocosoya from TSC. I wish I had a place to buy it in large portions. 5 gallons, like you do.

I actually feed a little Legends Performance Pellet to add flavor to my Cool Calories. It's 10% NSC. I've had a lot of success with it. You're right, Safe Choice isn't as low starch as they say! It's alright, but not for everyone. It's amazing what you figure out when you start researching this stuff. Seems like all the feed companies have their own definition of "low NSC".
    01-16-2013, 11:49 PM
Originally Posted by OneFastHorse    
Corn oil is not a healthy choice. It is high in Omega 6 which is actually an inflammatory. Corn is also a very high NSC grain and is highly unhealthy for the equine digestive system.

There are many other much healthier options to corn oil... one being cocosoya oil.

If you have a horse who needs calories/weight, then something like alfalfa pellets is much healthier. I try to stay away from oils for the simple fact that there are healthier options.
I've had plenty of vets and nutritionists recommend corn oil for hard keepers, older horses, etc. I've used corn oil and plain yogurt for weight gain in thin horses for years and never had an issue with any horse I fed it to.
    01-17-2013, 08:56 AM
LOVE cocosoya oil!!! I get my jugs refilled at our local feed store for half the price of a brand new jug! Gives my girls that extra fat for winter! Plus their manes and tails just GROW like crazy and their coats are amazing!

There are lots of benifits to feeding cocosoya look it up

Im also one that really doesnt like Safe Choice.. I feed ADM's Prime Glow its amazing stuff
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    01-17-2013, 09:20 AM
Green Broke
Linseed oil is very good for horses. Sometimes also called flax oil. It puts weight on without fizz and gives a brilliant shine in the coat.

Boiled linseed is also extremely good at putting weight on horses
    01-17-2013, 09:27 AM
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Originally Posted by Wanstrom Horses    
I've had plenty of vets and nutritionists recommend corn oil for hard keepers, older horses, etc. I've used corn oil and plain yogurt for weight gain in thin horses for years and never had an issue with any horse I fed it to.
Vegetable oil is pretty standard to add calories to feeds in the UK, many people add it.

I prefer feeding micronised linseed which is even better than linseed oil.
    01-17-2013, 09:29 AM
Green Broke
My lad goes nutty on micronised linseed hence why I feed him the oil
    01-17-2013, 10:13 AM
Linseed (aka flaxseed) and fish oils are the healthiest oils to feed; they are the only oils that have a higher content of omega-3 than omega-6. Fish oils, however are not very palatable.

While fresh grass is a good source of omega-3, hay is not as it degrades very rapidly after the hay is cut and dried. You should feed an omega-3 supplement (e.g. Whole flaxseed or oil) to horses that do not have access to fresh grass and avoid oils with more 6 than 3. Of the more common, inexpensive oils, canola is the least imbalanced in terms of omegas.

I posted some of the omega ratios for oils in a thread in the nutrition sub forum recently but am posting from my phone an am about to get on a plane at the moment, so can't link it right now.

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