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post #11 of 17 Old 04-23-2008, 11:54 AM
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I think it really depends on your horse. Are you feeding another kind of oil already?
We usually just stick to that flax in most cases, but there are some that are prone to colic. In those cases, we feed the soybean oil (1-2 oz a day) to help get things moving along. :)
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post #12 of 17 Old 04-23-2008, 01:20 PM Thread Starter
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I use 2 cups a day of Soy-bean oil. I use it not as a "gut oiler" but as a source of energy without heat production.

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post #13 of 17 Old 04-23-2008, 05:41 PM
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u shouldn't give ur horse the 1 or 2 cups straight away u should slowly introduce it. and see how ur horses r going on one cup and if there is no change go to 2.

i feed my horses sunflower seed oil (only black sunflower seeds not GREY!!!)
and vegtable oil aswell
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post #14 of 17 Old 04-23-2008, 10:16 PM
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Why fish oil? YIKES

Just go out and get regular vegetable oil. Stick to something simple and straightforward. Don't start throwing random oils because they sound fancy. Your horse will be more than happy with plain oil, add some apple cider vinegar to help clean out their intestinal track.
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post #15 of 17 Old 04-24-2008, 12:29 AM Thread Starter
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The oil WAS introduced very slowly and she is on 2 cups for about a year.
I live in a hot country and since concentrated food produces lots of body heat due to high carbohydrates concentration I prefer oil as in the process of producing energy from fats, less heat is beying created.

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post #16 of 17 Old 04-24-2008, 02:46 PM
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Originally Posted by koomy56
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.
Digestible oils like soy, vegetabl, corn, etc don't help to move things through because the body breaks them down quickly and makes use of them. Mineral oil is used to help lubricate because it is inert or non-digestible--the body can
t break it down so it passes all the way through the GI tract.

Originally Posted by koomy56
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. :)
Vegetable oils, including corn oil, are not high in carbs. And they are often used to help provide digestible energy for weight gain or energy for horses who's carb intake must be limited. It is in no way like pouring sugar over their feed and is in fact a safe and very useful supplement for energy and weight. Fat dose however provide alot of digestible energy from a small amount of oil, so adding oil to the diet can lead to quite a bit more energy but it does so in a safer manner than carbs/sugars because it doesn't break down into sugars and doesn't cause a spike in blood glucose levels.

Originally Posted by koomy56
The horses we have on the soybean oil so far havent reacted hyper because of it. :)
This is most likely because of the very small amount of oil you are using. 1-2 oz of oil while providing more digestible energy than the same amount of fiber or protein isn't going to provide tons more energy. 1-2 cups of oil per day is generally recommended for weight gain or to boost performance.

Vegetable ils and fat in general are well-tolerated by horses and can be fed as up to 20% of a horses diet. It does take a couple of weeks for the body to get used to making use of so much fat in the diet so you generally won't see great results right away, they are good for skin, coat, hooves, etc. However oils can only do so much--the overall diet needs to be adequate to your horse's needs and balanced.

You can find many many resoures on feeding fats/oils to horses:



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post #17 of 17 Old 04-25-2008, 12:39 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you. I really enjoyes your answer and learned a lot from it.

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