Removing oil from my horse's diet?

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    08-17-2012, 01:26 PM
Removing oil from my horse's diet?

My mare gets a tbs of corn oil with her 1lb of E-Tech feed morning and evening. It's sort of a reflexive thing- all the horses where I board get the oil added. The barn owned my mare before I bought her a few months ago, so I've just sort of stuck with what she was being fed.

I started thinking more about the oil thing today though. I can't come up with any reason she needs the oil; she's definitely not trying to gain weight and she's not a hard keeper. In fact, the vet thinks she really still needs improvement in her overall conditioning (i.e., decreasing her belly). He wanted her to stay on the grain since we were having some problems with hay quality (those have since been addressed), but now that I think about it, I never discussed the oil with him.

It's such a small amount, I can't imagine it's really affecting her overall condition one way or the other, but I'm inclined to just cut it out. Thoughts on that?
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    08-17-2012, 01:28 PM
Green Broke
Corn oil is a no no. Get rid of it. If you are going to add oil, it does help coat and skin health and anti-inflammatory properties if correct, add flax or fish oil.
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    08-17-2012, 01:43 PM
Originally Posted by poppy1356    
Corn oil is a no no. Get rid of it. If you are going to add oil, it does help coat and skin health and anti-inflammatory properties if correct, add flax or fish oil.
I have often seen such complicated diets full of every concauction (sp)? Mentioned good for horses. Oil, not corn oil, is good for some weight and shine, but like everything only if needed. I would just take it out of the diet. Flax is good and easily digestible, and brings out a great shine. Make sure you read up on it a bit as it turns rancid, but there is easy ways to avoid this.
    08-17-2012, 01:51 PM
Green Broke
Oil can be good but you have to feed the right oil. Corn oil is high in Omega 6 which promotes inflammation of the joints. Read below.

Adding Oils to Your Horse's Feed.
    08-17-2012, 06:34 PM
At 1 Tbs, it's not adding a lot of calories (or anything, really). I would just take it out. If you start noticing a difference in shine, which I doubt you would, you could add flax seed or oil.
    08-18-2012, 07:29 AM
Corn oil is a no no in general.
If you wanted to have oil, and are feeding grain, I'd go with canola oil.

But honestly, 1 tbsp, wouldn't matter to take it out :p
    08-19-2012, 02:44 PM
Thanks everyone for your feedback-the oil is out. Poppy, thanks for sharing that other thread. It was super helpful information. I'll keep an eye on her coat and adjust if needed, but I think all this is going to do is take away some useless fat/calories.

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