Considering adding oil
I'm thinking about adding Canola oil to my horse's diet. 7 year old Paint horse (Almost 1200lbs but I'd like to see him get up to that.), some where between hard and easy keeper, leaning more towards hard. He gets 1.5lbs of E32 per day, free choice hay, and unless it's raining, he goes out into the pasture 10 hours per day. I ride him almost every day for about 1-1.5hrs.
I've heard that adding an oil will help him keep on weight and make his coat shiny :)
I'm considering canola oil, opinions? How much should I start out with?
I've been using vegetable oil for years. Helps get weight on, and gets their coats healthy and shiny. Just start with a littlw drizzle and go from there. My seniors get 1.5 cups per day.
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So vegetable oil should have the same/ a similar effect?
Yep yep. There are mixed opinions on it, but ice always used it with great results and lots of people find that its a good addition.
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I use corn oil. I heard canola is not good for humans or animals but I cannot swear to that, read it online. Also, corn oil is supposed to be the most accepted by horses as far as taste. I pour it on some alfalfa with no complaints. I can do 2 cups no problem.
Oils can be very beneficial but make sure you stay away from a lot of Omega 6 oils. When feeding oils you want to maintain a balance between the Omega 6 and Omega 3 oils. The oils nutritionally two very different things, while they can add weight and make for a shiny coat, mane, and tail Omega 6 oils also cause inflammation. Good things about the Omega 6 oils are that it can help with the animal's immune system and is beneficial during sickness and infection, but too many Omega 6's can cause an imbalance and do more damage than good.. The Omega 3 oils are an anti-inflammatory and can help reduce pain, swelling, and help the horse maintain a healthy normal function.. Your best bet is to go with a high Omega 3 oil, while the key is balance between the two I usually just go with an oil I know fairly well. I usually like to go with Flax seed oil for weight gain, I also feed the Farnam Weight Builder supplement to my hard keeper. Between the Flax seed and the supplement she stays at a good weight. If you are wanting to save money I would go with Canola oil..Others you can choose from that are pretty nice are fish oil, rice bran oil, vegetable oil, and canola oil..It all depends on personal preference really..The rice bran can be higher in Omega 6 than Omega 3 so it needs to be balanced out, even if it is a great source for weight gain.
"Perhaps the biggest failing of corn oil and the reason for its decline in popularity, is the high omega-6 and low omega-3 content, which has been found to promote inflammatory processes in the body. When added to a diet composed entirely of hay and grain, corn oil can grossly imbalance the omega-6 to omega-3 ratio, which makes tissues vulnerable to inflammation.
Many of the benefits of using corn oil are similar for other vegetable oils like canola or soybean oil, but the other oils have better omega-6 to omega-3 ratios."
Where can you buy flax seed oil???
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