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post #11 of 21 Old 04-13-2012, 12:27 PM
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For curiousity's sake - as rice bran oil appears to be in the "bad" category in both the above graphs, why is it packaged and sold specifically as an equine supplement prominently displayed on the shelves of feed stores?
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post #12 of 21 Old 04-13-2012, 03:50 PM
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OOOOOOOOOOOOHHHHHH, thank you for this. I will have to check this out! Seems like everyone has a different view on the web, drives me crazy! Thanks for the info.
You're welcome!! You can really just about find it anywhere, like vitamin stores and such, I know Walmart carries the capsules. I think the best way to go, and probably the cheapest, is to just order a large bottle of the oil online. If your horse doesn't like the oil you can always try a flax seed supplement and it works just as well.

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For curiousity's sake - as rice bran oil appears to be in the "bad" category in both the above graphs, why is it packaged and sold specifically as an equine supplement prominently displayed on the shelves of feed stores?
Actually I'm not really sure.. I still like rice bran and I feed it, I just make sure I balance it out with another oil that's high in omega 3's.. It's definitely good stuff and it does boost weight gain really well. My vet recommended it and likes it also but did say it's just about balancing it out.. I'll try to find out more..
This is the rice bran I use when feeding it.
http://www.tractorsupply.com/weight-...1-gal--5072468

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post #13 of 21 Old 04-13-2012, 05:23 PM
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I called my vet and left a message with his secretary, she said I should hear back from him this afternoon..

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post #14 of 21 Old 04-17-2012, 10:40 PM
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Vegetable Oil????

I have heard a lot of people use this. What about Olive oil? I know its expensive but its all I have right now until I go to the store.
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post #15 of 21 Old 04-17-2012, 10:55 PM
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I would use vegetable oil if you have nothing else.. It's not ideal but it's not bad either..

I did talk to my vet.. She just said it was about balancing it out, most complete feeds like Purina and Nutrena already have the Omega 3 and 6 balanced in their feed, adding oils should be monitored and balanced on top of that... She did give me a number to an equine nutritionist who I've called and left a message with and I've emailed Purina asking what they think of it..

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I like to use Flax or Hemp oil
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I couldnt find flax oil so I got the vegetable oil. I went to a mini walmart so they dont have everything that a normal walmart has.
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For curiousity's sake - as rice bran oil appears to be in the "bad" category in both the above graphs, why is it packaged and sold specifically as an equine supplement prominently displayed on the shelves of feed stores?
For the same reason Ferret foods contain fruits and veggies, even though ferrets are obligate carnivores and can not digest those items.

People are uninformed or misinformed, and just go with what the manufacturer says is good for them. "Hey, it's made for horses, it must be good for horses. See, there's a picture of one on the package!"
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For the same reason Ferret foods contain fruits and veggies, even though ferrets are obligate carnivores and can not digest those items.

People are uninformed or misinformed, and just go with what the manufacturer says is good for them. "Hey, it's made for horses, it must be good for horses. See, there's a picture of one on the package!"
Actually this is wrong..

I've spoken with two vets along with both Purina and Nutrena equine nutritionists about this exact question. When feeding oils it's all about a balancing act between Omega 3 and 6.. The reason rice bran is very beneficial for a horse and that while it is high in Omega 6, horses who have high quality roughage (hay and/or grazing) are already consuming more Omega 3 fatty acids than Omega 6. The 3 to 6 ratio in rice bran is balanced out between the horse's roughage, quality feed, and adding the rice bran oil, or other Omega 6 oil...After a good many emails with Purina and Nutrena, along with my vets..I'm working on a thread that I'll post in the next week or so that has a TON of information about feeding all of the different oils to horses..Basically, the more facts you have, the better informed you are, and then you can make the best decision for your individual horse.. Not assuming or picking the most popular oil or supplement. What works for one horse may not work for the next.

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