My mare gets Uckele's Equi-Omega complex in the winter (when oil is difficult to feed). Its a dry fatty acid formula. From Uckele's website:
A dry, essential fatty acid formula that blends Cocosoya, stabilized flax seed and stabilized rice bran in a highly palatable formula.
* Excellent for Weight Gain
* Added Benefit of Flaxseed Meal
* Great for Hair Coat and Hoof Health
* Made with CocoSoya
Thanks! Has anyone tried Cocosoya oil??? Just wondering if my mare might like the taste better...
I have used cocosoya and my horses have all loved it. Great for hiding other stuff that they don't particularly like. But you mentioned wanting a fat source that is not a liquid, so cocosoya wouldn't meet that criteria, of course.
I have a mare like this as well. She will usually eat cool calories. She will eat rice bran thankfully, but I am feeding her a lot of it and she still probably needs more fat. I was trying to sneak in oil, but she figured it out and stopped eating...grr
I am been thinking about cososya oil as people will say picky eater will eat it. I have tried to get a free sample from Unckele, but with no luck.
I don't want to buy the big thing than not have her eat it. My gelding is also not wild about oil, so don't really have another horse to feed it to if she turns it down.
Is the fat for EPSM? If so, consider cutting the fat and trying Acetyl L-Carnitine, 1 gram/100lbs. Really worked for a mare I was rehabbing. Her muscles got nice and soft and no chance of leading to IR from high fat.
Cocosoya is now available in a powder - it's in the Smart Paks for one of my clients' horses.
Good sources are also beet pulp and flax. I prefer those as my top "fillers" for horses who need more calories from fiber & fat. Then rice bran - although my neediest horse won't eat the rice bran but will scarf down soaked (but not sopping wet) beet pulp as well as flax seed.
Am not a fan of oil - messy to deal with and Mr. Finicky doesn't like it (yes, he dictates my feeding options).
Originally Posted by SmartAlex
Give it up. Many of us CoTHers are trapped at a computer all day with no way out, and we hunt in packs. So far it as all been in good fun. You should be thankful for that.
Ditto the advice that "Buckeye Ultimate Finish is expensive, but it works REALLY well." If Buckeye is hard to get in your area, some other feed brands make similar products. I "hate on" Purina in most cases, but their Purina Amplify high-fat nugget is a very decent product and is similar to Buckeye Ultimate Finish.
If the only issue with liquid oil is the taste, then your wallet may appreciate exploring options for liquid oils + taste additives. For example, I have heard of people using vegetable or canola oil + coconut milk to get a taste profile similar to Cocosoya. It's a little ghetto but it works.