Subscription Required

Nutrition

Feeding Horses Oils for Added Energy without Excitability

Oil is liquid fat, which is incorporated into many commercial horse feeds, or is used as a top-dress. Can your horse benefit from the added calories?

Thumbnail for Feeding Horses Oils for Added Energy without Excitability

By: Shannon Pratt-Phillips, Ph.D. |

Fats, like oils, can be useful additives to the equine diet, mostly as a source of calories (energy), but may also have added benefits for the horse’s coat condition and potential immune benefits. All fat sources have approximately 9 megacalories (mcal) of digestible energy, which is more than two times the calorie density of corn, oats or most commercial feeds. Therefore, one measuring cup of fat would have significantly more than a measuring cup of grain mix. So a smaller amount of fat (by volume or weight) packs more calories into a diet very efficiently. This allows you to increase the energy content of a horse’s diet without having to increase their grain meals. When horses have very high energy requirements (show jumpers, eventers, barrel racers and racehorses for example), it may be difficult for them to eat enough hay and grain mix to meet their calorie needs. Furthermore, due…

Subscription Upgrade Required

Upgrade your subscription now for full access or register to continue reading.

Login

Subscribers: Enter the email and password connected to your subscription.

First time logging in?

Click here.

Don't have an account?

Click here.
Tablet/Mobile users must also refresh after login to activate subscription.

Subscribe now and enjoy full access to Horse-Canada.com

Your subscription includes an annual subscription to the print version of Horse Canada

as well as unlimited access to all digital content on Horse-Canada.com.

digital subscription
View Print and Digital Subscription Offers