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MadeiraRox 07-11-2010 10:08 AM

Does Vegi' Oil Really Work?
Does vegetable make horses coats softer and healthier? Does it really work or should I use a coat supplement?

Lovehorsesandrunning 07-11-2010 11:58 AM

Ive never heard that before, but why dont you try it im pretty sure it wouldnt hurt

TinRoses 07-11-2010 12:41 PM

Honestly I've never tried vegetable oil but I religiously feed my horses a shot glass full of corn oil a day. It's an easy fat which really does bring out the shine and condition of a horse's coat and skin even in winter. Another more expensive alternative is rice bran oil.

trailhorserider 07-11-2010 02:42 PM

I feed a dash of vegetable oil to my horses each day. They have lovely, shiny coats. But it's hard to say exactly what's doing it, as I also feed alfalfa and a bit of grain. I have a couple of neighbors who only feed alfalfa and their horses have lovely coats as well.

If you look at some of the oil based horse fat supplements, a lot of them start out with soy oil. Vegetable oil is soy oil.

MadeiraRox 07-11-2010 05:10 PM

Ok, thanks for all the posts!! I am going to try Vegi' Oil and see.

MyBoyPuck 07-11-2010 05:45 PM

Vegetable Oil is high in Omega 6, which can cause inflamation when used in large doses or over long periods of time. It's not a choice I would make just to get a shiny coat. Cocasoya oil would be a better choice if you must use oil. 1/2 cup of rice bran will accomplish the same thing and also help with weight gain for the hard keepers.

TinRoses 07-11-2010 08:57 PM

MyBoyPuck is exactly right.

Vegetable oil is created through the same process of most hydrogenated oils and as such it's a damaged fat. It's EXTREMELY unhealthy when compared to oils such as a corn oil and canola oil which don't use that same dangerous heating process that causes the fats to be damaged and instead promotes Omega 3s which do the polar opposite as Omega 6.

Another idea is to forget the oil idea and feed a whole cup of Black Oil Sunflower Seeds (found in walmart for as little as $7 for 50 lbs) which are HIGH in omega 3s and antioxidants and perform the same basic function.

personally my horses are on 1 shot glass full of corn oil and 1 cup of BOSS a day and they are FANTASTIC.

ridergirl23 07-11-2010 09:01 PM

I used to feed my old horse canola oil with his feed,(because he colicked a lot, and it helped) and his coat got super shiny and soft... but it was also sshiny and soft before... this just made it more shiny and soft. lol

TinRoses 07-11-2010 09:04 PM

I thought I should add that I just read all about this in a diet book and it made A LOT of sense and was backed up by a ton of references. There were also a ton of negatives regarding soy and how it's been linked to reproductive health issues in humans and animals as well as digestive cancers. Scared me off soy for life then again ever since I've "gone green" I haven't touched soy.

MadeiraRox 07-11-2010 09:22 PM

OH! It must have been Corn Oil I heard about! I got mixed up, LoL.

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