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post #1 of 20 Old 11-07-2013, 11:22 AM Thread Starter
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Anyone feed their horse coconut oil?

I have been reading about people feeding horses (and other pets) coconut oil, just wondered if anyone else did?. Obviously there are horse feed companies providing coconut based feeds already. I feed turmeric as an anti-inflammatory for joints and it has been suggested that coconut oil (and black pepper) are also necessary for the turmeric to have it's full effect (although it seems to work fine without, but I do normally feed linseed which is quite oily).

Just wondered if anyone had heard of this or did this?
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post #2 of 20 Old 11-07-2013, 12:15 PM
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Coconut oil has 0 Omega-3 FAs so derive your own conclusion. Of all the fats, saturated fats are the hardest for a horse (and people too) to digest and utilize as well. (it is more saturated than lard)
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post #3 of 20 Old 11-07-2013, 12:19 PM
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don't feed it to them, I do use it as a dressing for manes and tails in teh warmer weather.

ETA, as in I don't feed it, not a blanket DON't feed it
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Coconut oil has 0 Omega-3 FAs so derive your own conclusion. Of all the fats, saturated fats are the hardest for a horse (and people too) to digest and utilize as well. (it is more saturated than lard)

I need more information to draw my own conclusions Coconut is more saturated than lard??

They suggest as an alternative to use olive or flaxseed / linseed oil.

(I feed linseed anyway. So I probably wont be adding more oil as it is).
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For the oils to be of benefit and have anti inflammatory properties, they need to have a higher concentration of Omega-3 FAs. The claims they are making have no science to back them up. Your flax on the other hand is an excellent source of O-3 FAs. Stick with that. Olive oil isn't nearly as good and most horses don't like the taste.

Coconut oil is 91% saturated fat.
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I wouldn't eat it myself or feed it to my horses, however I love using it in the shower on my skin, wicked moisturizer!
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It's actually very good for humans to eat (I don't know about horses)
People think saturated fats are bad, and they're really not; we need them, and utilize them very well. Trans fats, on the other hand, are bad.
Coconut oil also works well on manes and tails and human hair as a conditioner.
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Flax is good for horses and people to eat.
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What about feeding coconut Copra? It seems a very alien food for horses...
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For the oils to be of benefit and have anti inflammatory properties, they need to have a higher concentration of Omega-3 FAs. The claims they are making have no science to back them up. Your flax on the other hand is an excellent source of O-3 FAs. Stick with that. Olive oil isn't nearly as good and most horses don't like the taste.

Coconut oil is 91% saturated fat.
They say they have studies showing the health benefits. They also say coconut oil kills bacteria (good for mud fever) and yeast and is antimicrobial - this raises concerns for me that it will kill the good bacteria in the hind gut (I feed yeast to maintain in the form of yea sacc), but apparently the company says it amazingly doesn't kill the good stuff - really? - how does it know especially when they say is creates a natural antibiotic action.
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