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post #1 of 7 Old 11-29-2013, 10:39 PM Thread Starter
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DAC oil?

A friend of mine gives her horses DAC oil and they are so shiny! She recommended it to me, and I would love to try it on my horses. Can it be fed by itself, or does it need to be mixed with feed or something? All my horse gets now is pasture/hay and a small scoop of a pelleted hoof supplement.
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post #2 of 7 Old 11-29-2013, 11:42 PM
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Your horse will look shiny no matter what type of oil you feed. DAC is a blend of soy, corn, flax, wheatgerm, fish and ricebran oils. You are paying through the nose for these oils. $32 for a gallon of oil (plus another $10-20 for shipping) You can buy canola oil for $6/G that will do the same thing or if you want to splurge, go to your local Asian market and pick up a G of ricebran oil for $10. You need to pour it over some feed or drizzle it on your hay.
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Before you start on the oil, be sure that you are getting the horse enough nutrients including protein, copper, zinc and vitamin A. They are the top nutrients in putting a healthy, shiny coat on a horse.

For the oil, liquid oils are easy to mix in feed, and almost all of the oils with have a good impact on a horses' coat. Its a plus if they can be fortified with omega fatty acids. Coconut oil and rice bran have good omega fatty acids work well. And depending on what coat color your horse has, some oils, like molasses are pretty well known to darken coats. For example, will make palominos and duns go to more of a 'smutty' coat. But I would be sure that you don't feed molasses to a horse with laminitis or that have foundered before checking with your vet. Personally, flax seed oil is my favorite.
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Before you start on the oil, be sure that you are getting the horse enough nutrients including protein, copper, zinc and vitamin A. They are the top nutrients in putting a healthy, shiny coat on a horse.

For the oil, liquid oils are easy to mix in feed, and almost all of the oils with have a good impact on a horses' coat. Its a plus if they can be fortified with omega fatty acids. Coconut oil and rice bran have good omega fatty acids work well. And depending on what coat color your horse has, some oils, like molasses are pretty well known to darken coats. For example, will make palominos and duns go to more of a 'smutty' coat. But I would be sure that you don't feed molasses to a horse with laminitis or that have foundered before checking with your vet. Personally, flax seed oil is my favorite.
Just wanted to clear up a few things here-

In terms of omega fatty acids, coconut oil has virtually none; it is mostly made up of saturated fats. That's not to say it's a bad oil to feed, just that you shouldn't feed it for omega fatty acid content. Rice bran oil has a lot of omega-6 and omega-9, but not a lot of omega-3. Flaxseed oil is by far the best in terms of omega-3 content and ratio of omega-3:omega-6 (it has a ratio of 1:0.2), but is fairly expensive to feed in the quantities horses need to get any benefit from it. Canola oil has a omega-3:omega-6 ratio of 1:2.1, and is the best balanced oil that is also common/economical.

Molasses is not an oil at all. It is about 75% sugar and has zero fat content of any kind.
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Just wanted to clear up a few things here-

In terms of omega fatty acids, coconut oil has virtually none; it is mostly made up of saturated fats. That's not to say it's a bad oil to feed, just that you shouldn't feed it for omega fatty acid content. Rice bran oil has a lot of omega-6 and omega-9, but not a lot of omega-3. Flaxseed oil is by far the best in terms of omega-3 content and ratio of omega-3:omega-6 (it has a ratio of 1:0.2), but is fairly expensive to feed in the quantities horses need to get any benefit from it. Canola oil has a omega-3:omega-6 ratio of 1:2.1, and is the best balanced oil that is also common/economical.

Molasses is not an oil at all. It is about 75% sugar and has zero fat content of any kind.

Thanks for clearing it up. And about the molasses- I wasn't meaning that it was an oil, just that it was another idea. I probably wouldn't feed it to my horses, because they don't need it or anything else. Just that it is well-know for putting on weight and making shiny coats on horses. At least where I am from anyway.
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I had my yearling on DAC oil getting ready for the APHA World Show. He was on Purina Ultium, grass hay, and 4 ounces of DAC oil as top dressing for his Ultium per feeding. He put on weight, and was incredibly glossy. It is expensive, but I thought worth every penny. I have my weanling on it now.
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