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post #1 of 11 Old 04-23-2009, 12:09 AM Thread Starter
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Is it corn oil or veg. oil that I can give my horse to gain weight and how much? Thanks

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post #2 of 11 Old 04-23-2009, 01:16 AM
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Corn oil and vegetable oil both work, but most people use vegetable oil because it's cheaper. Just look for crude or unrefined oils. During the refining process, most of the essential fatty acids (the good stuff!) are removed from the so there isn't much nutritional benefit from the processed oils. My favorite is Cocosoya oil, a coconut soybean mix. It smells like caramel and horses love it!

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i've used corn oil in the past, but i currently use cocosoya oil and love it.
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post #4 of 11 Old 04-23-2009, 10:34 AM
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best thing for weight gain is forage forage and more forage ... rice bran is also easily digested then oil :)

I have been called the NSC Nazi more then once ... I hate traditional feed methods of loading our horses up on grains and junk food :)
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post #5 of 11 Old 04-23-2009, 07:21 PM
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Either is fine. You can feed up to 2 cups a day, but start with 1/4 cup so he will get used to "oily feed."

I agree with Peggy though, the best and healthiest way to put weight on is to increase hay or add hay pellets to a horse's diet. If he still needs more calories, then you can consider adding a fat supplements and a digestive aid (probiotics).
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post #6 of 11 Old 04-24-2009, 08:48 AM Thread Starter
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where can I find cocosoya oil at? I have never heard of it.He gets 1 flake of sweet hay in the morning which he doesnt eat all of, (after three hours)and 24/7 coastal hay.The sweet hay helps his digestive tract.He is getting 2 scoops of grain 2x's a day and he just finished a bucket of amplify weight gain,he also gets 1 oz. a day of a muscle gainer and 2 oz. a day of vitamins, which was all brought to me be his old owner.He has filled out quit nicely in the 2 and a half weeks that I have had him, he just needs some weight on his topline.He is rode 1-3 times a week for about 30 min. to 1 hr. each time.He is a 18 yr. old palomino gelding.

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if it is topline you are after you don't want to add fat you want QUALITY protien. What feed is he getting?? what size scoop??

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Cocosoya Oil (Uckele Animal Health) - - FarmVet.com

The five gallon is the best value, it'll last quite a while, but make sure you shake it up everytime you use it because all the good stuff sits at the bottom, like M-T-G.

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peggysue:it is mostly topline that he needs now, he does need to be filled in,in other areas to.He is getting 12% Show and Go Grain, that is sold locally in my area and the scoop I use I believe it is 2 quarts, the ones they sell at Tractor Supply.I will try to add pics later of him.

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where can I find cocosoya oil at? I have never heard of it.He gets 1 flake of sweet hay in the morning which he doesnt eat all of, (after three hours)and 24/7 coastal hay.The sweet hay helps his digestive tract.He is getting 2 scoops of grain 2x's a day and he just finished a bucket of amplify weight gain,he also gets 1 oz. a day of a muscle gainer and 2 oz. a day of vitamins, which was all brought to me be his old owner.He has filled out quit nicely in the 2 and a half weeks that I have had him, he just needs some weight on his topline.He is rode 1-3 times a week for about 30 min. to 1 hr. each time.He is a 18 yr. old palomino gelding.
It's only been 2.5 weeks... It SHOULD take quite some time for a horse to gain real muscle, and not just fat (think months here, not weeks). You need to ride him more and encourage proper rounding of his topline and drive from underneath himself. That will help build topline. You could also lunge him with side reins set low, for 10-15 minutes at the trot with bursts of canter, 2-3 times a week.
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