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post #1 of 6 Old 05-31-2014, 02:51 PM Thread Starter
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Is Oil Good for Horses?

I have been doing a little research on how I can better my horses diet. He needs to build muscle in his hips. I have heard a lot about corn or canola oil but have also come across a few articles that say it is not good for horses. I have read that maybe canola oil is better than corn or that you can even use vegetable oil. I'm wondering if I should add oil to my ponies diet? He is currently getting a quart of grain per day along with a little bit of beet pulp. How much oil would be good for a Section A Welsh Pony (he's only 11.3hh)? I've read that a lot of people are feeding around a cup, but that's for a full sized horses. Advice on rather oil would be a good addition to my ponies diet and if so how much and what kind is appreciated! Thanks



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oil will not hurt them. What type of 'grain' are you feeding? i soak my beet pulp before feeding it. also instead of grain have you tried adding a pellet feed such as alfalfa or alf mix pellet?
this will add the calories and protein needed to make muscle.
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This is the grain he gets. Purina® Omolene #200® Performance Horse Feed, 50 lb. - Tractor Supply Co. And I do soak his beet pulp (he only gets a small amount, as I just strated him on it).



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I'm kind of lost...
Does he need weight or muscle tone?

Oil, because it is a "fat" will help with putting weight on the animals frame but will do nothing to put muscle on.
Muscle, you need to build muscle by work and training...same as a human...the fitter you want to become the more you slowly put in the effort to achieve harder and higher work loads.
You start at a slow rate and gradually add time duration and difficulty of the work load. You need to work the musles consistently to build "mass".

To build a hind end do trotting, slow and even, faster and slower, just faster, up and down inclines, backing...he needs to push from behind not pull himself around on his forehand to build a tush.
Transitions, different gaits and speeds during those gaits, gentle turns, serpentine and circles...what ever you do one direction you do the same the other direction to build equal muscle mass, stamina, co-ordination and balance.

I would not look to feed liquid oils myself, they do go rancid easily in warm weather, many horses do not like their food greasy & oily.
I would purchase a horse fat supplement in pellet form to top-dress the daily ration of feed.
There are many feed manufacturers out there that make a easily handled and safe to feed supplement.

If the horse/pony though is of good weight but lacks muscle, he just may need a better regiment of conditioning to be started.

Good luck.
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hlguy made a good point.. dont keep the oil in a hot tack room. In the summer my oil is kept in the air conditioned house. If it starts to smell 'off' it goes into the trash.
You can add the oil to the soaked beet pulp .
If your horse is thin besides needing muscle , you need to add the extra calories. Muscle takes protein.
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Thanks for the advice. Really he could use a little more weight but he mainly needs muscle I think. You can't see his ribs or anything but as I have said in a different thread, his hips are way too "pointy". So to answer your question he does need weight but not a lot, it's more muscle that he needs.



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