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  • Coconut Oil??

    I have been reading a lot about the health benefits of dietary organic coconut oil for humans....does anyone know if it is as good for horses?? Can you add it to feed like you would veg oil?

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    It's just fat. The so-called "benefits" of organic coconut oil are largely imaginary and straight from the fine minds of people selling it.

    Sure you can feed it to a horse. If you don't mind spending 100x more than you have to for a simple fat source.

    Ain't no magic in the world. Fat is pretty much fat, especially when feeding herbivores.
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    • #3
      I don't know about feeding it, but it is one of the main ingredients in Hilton Herb's Bye Bye Itch and I have nothing but good things to say about that product (so much so, my testimonial is on their website!)
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      • #4
        I've never fed it but it is a DARN good conditioner, I use it on my insanely curly hair and the Pony's thick wavy tail

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        • #5
          Where do they find the organic coconut snakes?

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          • #6
            There are less expensive fat sources. Nothing magical or special about coconut oil. It's a great fat source, but so is vegetable oil.

            I agree with Noctis though, it is a great conditioner!
            come what may

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            • #7
              One perk of coconut oil is that it is very palatable to most horses. Smells good and tastes yummy for the picky ones that might pass over regular oil.

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              • #8
                you could look at cocosoya oil

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                • #9
                  What Deltawave said. Not bad or good, but if I told you to feed yourself or your horse something that has more saturated fat than butter, most would probably avoid it (I don't think saturated fat is horribly evil, but some think it will kill you on the spot) . Instead, touted as organic & vegetarian, it seems fantastic.

                  It does have a different fatty acid profile than a lot of fats. Not sure if that makes it magical

                  I use it as a moisturizer & I like it for that. A lot of ppl like it for cooking.

                  A while ago, scare monger M Jacobson from Science in the Public Interest (totally NOT what this group is usually promoting) went on a tear about coconut oil on popcorn being a killer b.c of its high saturated fats.

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                  • #10
                    Saturated fats are still bad for us omnivores with square teeth. For herbivores, not a problem.
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by deltawave View Post
                      Saturated fats are still bad for us omnivores with square teeth. For herbivores, not a problem.
                      I just find the sudden love (human-wise) for a highly saturated fat funny.

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                      • #12
                        The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Hippolyta View Post
                          I just find the sudden love (human-wise) for a highly saturated fat funny.
                          Me too. Marketing trumps science again.

                          Coconut oil is how they make lab bunnies develop clogged arteries.
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                          • #14
                            I have a friend who feeds it to her horses every day. The thing with coconut oil is that it's supposed to be Omega-3 rich (anti-inflammatory) as opposed to many other oils which are Omega-6 rich (pro-inflammatory).
                            Grass is high in omega 3's, where corn oil is like all omega 6's. There's a lot of research out there on the omega's that I don't have time to look for now and don't want to get in wrong if I try hearsay, but I think that's the biggest perk of coconut oil.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by deltawave View Post
                              Me too. Marketing trumps science again.

                              Coconut oil is how they make lab bunnies develop clogged arteries.
                              I believe hydrogenated coconut oil is used to model atherosclerosis in rabbits.
                              As Peter, Paul, and Mary say, a dragon lives forever.

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                              • #16
                                I use it on my horses' tails.

                                But interesting how we are told something is bad and then years later are told that something is good. Coffee is one of those things. So is coconut oil. Years ago when Chic-fil-a was pouring it into vats and frying up chicken, we were all told that coconut oil was bad. Two years ago someone showed me an article saying coconut oil helps prevent memory loss in old age. So use anything in moderation. Saturated fats are not as bad as the transfats everyone ate for years at fast food restaurants.

                                There are many grades of coconut oil. For my horses' tails, i tell the suppliers that I really don't need the expensive high grade oil. For putting a little in with my olive oil to cook for myself, I buy a higher grade of oil.

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                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by CrowneDragon View Post
                                  I believe hydrogenated coconut oil is used to model atherosclerosis in rabbits.
                                  hydrogenated coconut oil is bad. Anything hydrogenated is bad. But coconut oil is good, in moderation.
                                  Omega 3s are good; omega6s not so good.

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                                  • #18
                                    Wouldn't Coconut oil used as a conditioner in horse's tails attract bees? (Because of the yummy smell)
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                                    • #19
                                      Coconut oil doesn't small like anything .

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                                      • #20
                                        Maybe to a human it doesn't. Bees might have slightly different sensory priorities than we do.
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