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post #1 of 14 Old 01-05-2013, 10:42 AM Thread Starter
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Is it possible to overdose on feeding oils such as rice bran, canola and corn oil? I know it's recommended to feed 1 cup per day but is it possible to overdose if you go any higher than 1 cup?
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post #2 of 14 Old 01-05-2013, 11:21 AM
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You can not "overdose" a horse on oil in the true sense of the word but if you add oil too fast to the diet it will create slick oily poop. A light horse can easily handle 1 C of oil a day but break it up into multiple meals. I'll feed about 1 1/2 C to my OTTB in the winter.
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Thanks! I'm recently starting my new mare on it who hasn't been on Canola oil before. What amount would you recommend feeding her starting out, so that she doesn't get oily poop?
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1/4 C per meal. You would only see the the oily poop if you gave her the 1 C at one meal right off the bat. You can get her up to the full 1 cup in a week. (Two 1/2 C portions.) If for some reason, the consistency of her poop changes just back off on the amount you are feeding.
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Start with 1oz and increase by 1oz every few days. But you can give them too much. Not overdosing as you think of when it comes to drugs but it can cause issues if you give to much. 1cup is a lot, 8oz. I would stop at 4oz as that is what I use for weight gain. Also I see you are where it is cold. Oil will become solid faster than water. Under about 40 degrees fahrenheit it starts to become thick. I warm it up in my car on my way to barn and then it is liquid.
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Last winter when I was trying to put weight on my guy he got soybean oil- 2c/day (1c given twice daily) as that was what I had read and heard was the most you should really give. My guy did just fine and put on weight nicely. I started at 1/4c on his feed twice a day, then every 3 days or so went up by another 1/4c per feed, so it took about two weeks to get up to 1c twice a day. I never had any issues with oily or loose poop and he put on weight and his coat starting coming in really nicely. I was very happy with it, but also happy to stop when he got up to weight because I kept spilling oil on my things in the tack room. :/
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Corn oil can inhibit the absorption and digestion of vitamin A. I alays supplemented with something NOT OUTDATED that had Vitamin A in it. I capitalized that part because Vitamin A degrades pretty quickly, so you need fresh supplement.

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I just started my gelding of rice bran. Is 1/4th a cup twice a day to little to do any good? He's 23 and is cushings, he's on pergolide to control the cushing and he's doing well. He gets Podium made for cushing horses, plain beet pulp shreds and as much grass hay as he can eat. He's holding weight but I wanted to keep it that way and help his dry coat. I am just nerves about giving to much, will half a cup a day be enough to do anything? The vet said rice bran oil was the safest oil to give a cushing horse
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Last winter I was up to 2c per day.

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So I haven't seen an oil yet that says you can give more than 8oz a day to a horse. For those that feed more where did you find you can give 2c a day?

As far as a cushing horse just never give them soy oil. Soy messes with the metabolism.
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