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Old 30-08-2009, 11:31 AM   #1
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I have our horses/ponies/yearlings on RBO Oil and they get between 1/2 cup to 1 cup per day, but have spoken to others that feed two cups plus a day. Can you give them too much ?
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Old 30-08-2009, 11:35 AM   #2
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I have our horses/ponies/yearlings on RBO Oil and they get between 1/2 cup to 1 cup per day, but have spoken to others that feed two cups plus a day. Can you give them too much ?
The amount of oil you can give is limited by palatability. Horses will refuse to eat it if there is too much oil - and each horse is individual so experiement and see
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Old 30-08-2009, 01:54 PM   #3
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Horses (and ponies lol) need time (approx 3 months) for their metabolism to adapt to a high fat diet (15+%) . Also, something to be aware of is that approximately 350ml of oil has the equivalent energy of 1Kg oats.

My horse happily eats 700ml oil (he's 16.3hh though) which is about 20% of his diet (energy wise).

ETA: You also need to be careful with balancing high fat diets - they can reduce the effects of some minerals/vitamins.

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Old 30-08-2009, 03:37 PM   #4
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My horse gets 400ml of canola oil per day, plus 400gr of canola meal. It did take about 3 weeks for him to adjust to the taste and for me to introduce it to the levels he has it now, but it really has made a difference to his coat and weight, I fully recommed it.

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Old 30-08-2009, 04:34 PM   #5
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I feed george about 2 - 2&1/2 cups of sunflower oil a day he seems fine his coat is nice and shiny helps with weight...
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Old 30-08-2009, 07:52 PM   #6
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mine gets 700ml too
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Old 30-08-2009, 08:08 PM   #7
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I can imagine that the roughage/energy-fat ratio would be limiting as well. If you are feeding a great deal of oil (which by nature is high in energy) you would be struggling to providewhat is needed in other area's of the diet.

I know that I am limited in feeding by the availiable energy in the pasture or even Hay that is provided.

If fed anough roughage in the diet necessary, I would be peeling the horses of the stable roof......as I like feeding oil

I have a horse here at the moment that is needing the extra provided by the oil - but my other priority is keeping her roughage VERY high - as is important with a horse in very poor condiditon, and it also appears to be the absolute undeniable crux of her condition.

Also - due to her current condition , I am reluctant to over feed high energy feed as the condition of her digestive system is in question, and keeping her in a balanced mental state is of utmost importance to enhance the uptake and digestability of what is provided to her

...so that balance is between the perfect energy provision for her......and the cons that come in the same drum as the oil.


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YES you can give them to much oil

friends horse died from cod liver oil poisioning due to to much oil.

unsure how much he was getting and he was 16.2hh+ i believe
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I think the overdose of codliver oil would relate to Vit A toxicity. That is a killer and Cod liver oil contains large amounts of it.
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something like that im not sure as i was alot younger at the time
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