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    04-21-2008, 07:01 PM
Oil supplement

What do you think about oil suplement to your horse diet?
Yes or no? Which one? How much?
What about fish oil (for omega-3)?
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    04-21-2008, 07:47 PM
Yikes! I don't think my horses would eat fish oil with a ten foot pole! Lol
We feed soaked flax seed, which gives you your Omega-3 fatty acids. It's wonderful for shining up the coat, great for hooves. We feed about 1 cup per horse, sometimes more. You can get it at any feed store, really. 3 cups water per 1 cup flax and soak it over night. Mix it all together and feed with grain. It will get gooey, don't throw that gooey liquid away that's the best part. :)

We also feed oils as well, for digestion aiding mostly. We just feed 1-2 ounces of soybean oil to help those who need help passing things through.

Corn oil helps adding fat, but is a hot-energy source and can make your horses frisky. :) It's also not great if they tend to have any metabolic disorders, as its high in carbs. It's like pouring syrup over their feed. :)

Theres such things like rice bran oil, which is a good weight builder, coat enhancer, etc, but also adds a bit of energy.

The horses we have on the soybean oil so far havent reacted hyper because of it. :)

Hope that helps! I think you'd be wasting money on the fish oil!
    04-22-2008, 05:52 AM
We feed organic cold pressed virgin flax seed oil. It does basically what koomy said, but it has omega 3 and omega 6.
    04-22-2008, 10:30 AM
Mell: yum! Do you feed it soaked or just dry?
    04-22-2008, 10:30 AM
I feed vegetable oil for coat and skin.
    04-22-2008, 03:57 PM
I feed 1/3c soybean oil daily and it puts a nice shine on the coat. I don't really feel that the more expensive oils (flax, rice bran, wheat germ) are really worth it. At least I've never seen them work better than plain old soybean oil.
    04-22-2008, 06:40 PM
Thank you all.
Koomy, Do you crush the flax? I've heard that in its whole form it does not release the precious omega-3.. Do you give one cup a day?
Until now I used 2 cups of Soy-bean oil a day. It is a good sourse of energy and does not produce body heat. I want to add the flax staff. Should I reduce the oil?
    04-22-2008, 08:02 PM
Originally Posted by koomy56
Mell: yum! Do you feed it soaked or just dry?
because its an oil, we just mix it into the feed. :)
    04-22-2008, 11:27 PM
Mell: Oh, okay! We used to use some form of it but we cannot get it at a great price around here. :)

No, we don't crush it. I've never heard that rumor myself, but I can definitely tell you that the horses who are on the flax seed you can see your reflection in their coat. :)

Some of the horses get grain 2 x a day, and each time get a cup. Someonly get it 1 x a day, and then a cup for them.
    04-23-2008, 01:33 AM
While using flax, should I reduce the oil part in her nutrition (2 cups a day)?

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