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  1. #1
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    Mar. 27, 2008

    Default Anyone have a horse that stopped eating oil?

    My horse has been on canola oil for a couple of years. In fact, he usually won't eat his feed without the oil on it. But lately he just stopped eating. I finally fed him with no oil and he's back to gobbling the feed down. So I guess he's just decided he doesn't like oil anymore?

    I checked the oil, it's not rancid or anything.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Apr. 5, 2003
    Houston, Texas


    One of mine stopped eating it as well as he did before. he didn't stop eating the oil, but wouldn't always finish. I stopped using oil and started adding amplify to his feed and giving him an extra flake of alfalfa. This has taken care of the weight and the barn owner prefers it to dealing with the oil.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Dec. 19, 2008


    My old mare did the same thing. In the last few years I've made so many changes to her diet...she loved her oil, quit that. She absolutely went nuts over her beet pulp - she quit that a year ago. She hated mashes, now she loves them. She never used to care about sweet feed, but about 2 years ago it was the only thing she would eat - that lasted about 6 months. That girl has thrown me for a loop so many times

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Feb. 12, 2009
    Charlottesville, VA


    My gelding did the same thing. I eventually just had to stop giving him the oil.

  5. #5
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    Jun. 11, 2006


    I started adding 'cool calories' pelleted fat to the feed rather than oil. He ate it up.

  6. #6
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    Oct. 3, 2002
    it's not the edge of the earth, but you can see it from here


    If you're giving it for EPSM, it is not uncommon at all for the horse to go on strike.

    They will fast from almost all fat forms from time to time. You have to be 'mean' and wait it out.

    If non-EPSM... other stuff might work better like rice bran etc. Not as cost effective... but not-eaten isn't cost effective either
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  7. #7
    Join Date
    Oct. 2, 2001
    Greenville, SC


    I have one that would do it- I would back him down to a very small amount and then gradually build it back up over the course of several days. I finally switched to a fat supplement- Progressive's Envision- and that seemed to help.

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