Feeding Your Horse Oil
Author Name: Zane Griffiths
Posted: Friday, February 7, 2014 07:03 AM
Comments: 3 [Read/Post]
Your horse may get important health benefits from a dietary consumption of oil. Soybean oil may be one of the best oils for your horse in terms of health and economics, despite the popularity of corn oil.
Oils are an excellent source of calories for a horse..
Veterinary science is becoming increasingly aware of the health benefits of certain types of dietary fats for horses. As a horse owner, you may consider adding oils to the long list of horse supplies that you keep on hand to ensure that your horse maintains an optimal level of health.
In addition to keeping a horse's skin and coat healthy, fatty acids contribute to a horse's mental, digestive, reproductive, pulmonary, and joint health. Fats are easier for the body to digest than carbohydrates and protein, therefore creating less heat via digestion and keeping the horse cooler. Different oils have different amounts of fatty acids, which come with certain benefits as well. Omega-3 fatty acids have anti-inflammatory properties and are highly desirable in a diet. Just to give an example, corn oil, although highly used among equestrians, has a higher amount of Omega-6 fatty acid than the Omega-3 fatty acid. To a healthy horse, this may not be a problem. But to an older horse, fighting arthritis, the pro-inflammatory properties of Omega-6 may be detrimental to that horse.
Oil is also beneficial for horses prone to laminitis, tying-up, colic, Sweet-Itch and other skin conditions. Omega-3 fatty acids offer therapeutic potential in certain chronic inflammatory skin conditions, as they can reduce the production of certain substances that promote inflammation. Of the common sources of oil fed to horses today, linseed is the highest in Omega 3 and lowest in Omega 6 and so has the greatest anti-inflammatory potential.
Oils are also considered beneficial for horses with Gastric Ulcers by adding oils to the diet & reduce the amount of starch within the ration. By feeding oils as a substitute to starchy feeds it will sustain your horses energy source without affecting their performance. From the point of view of supplying energy in place of starch reducing the gastric acid within the horses stomach.
Below is a list of oils that are available for horses:
* Flaxseed & Soybean oils are the herbivorous alternative they are high in Omega-3 fatty acid and a good source of vitamin E.
* Sunflower Seed is high in Omega-6 fatty acids.
* Rice Bran contains gamma-oryzanol, lecithins, and vitamin E, as well as Omega-3 and 6 fatty acids.
* Corn oil high in Omega-6 fatty acid and very palatable.
In summary, if your horse loses condition, is prone to skin conditions including Sweet-Itch, prone to tying-up, laminitis, colic or joint problems then introducing oil to the diet whilst cutting back cereals is highly beneficial. As with any diet change in horses, remember to gradually introduce the oil based feed over a period of 1-2 weeks whilst at the same time gradually reducing the amount of cereal being fed.
Feeding additional Herbs & Supplements will also assist in keeping your horse Healthy.
Comments on Feeding Your Horse Oil
Sunday, July 9, 2017 08:33 PM
We use Mustard Oil as we are involved with a Mustard Oil Factory in Young NSW. It has many health benefits and is also high in Omega 3 fatty acids. We breed and show Cutting Horses and has a Futurity horse that started tying up. We introduced Mustard Oil into her diet and have not had a problem with tying up since. We feed it now to all horses on hard feed and their condition and coat is amazing. I have spoken to horse nutritionists in regards to Mustard Oil and they have looked at the Oil analysis and were impressed by the nutritional value. This hasn't been used much in Australia as we are the only processing plant in the country. So far the results have been great and this Oil is very affordable in comparison to other equine oils.
Sunday, July 9, 2017 03:37 PM
My horse has been on CEN oil for nearly 3 years its high in Omega 3 her coat and condition is always amazing. Her temperament for a chestnut mare is great and her recover for injuries including surgery removal of 1/2 a sesamoid is nothing but outstanding and CEN is a integral part of this
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 05:15 PM
Although a 'cheap version' it should be noted that a diet high in Soy product can have a long term negative effect on horses or any mammal in that case.
Soy is high in pesticides and is a GMO product, which many studies have shown to have a negative effect on many functions in the body.
Soy also mimics oestrogen in the body, which can be a bad thing for breeding mares and stallions. Mares can have foetus issues and stallions often suffer from a reduction in sperm quality.
Consider how much Soy you feed your horse carefully and research carefully before deciding to feed it- it is a cheap product, and often proves initially to have great results, but it can be causing alot of issues that you arent aware of.
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