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Canola Oil

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Canola Oil is a calorie-dense fat source that can be used to replace grain in the horse’s diet. It provides cool energy for performance horses and supports weight gain in hard keepers.
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Canola oil extruded from canola/rapeseed grains can be readily purchased from local grocery stores. It is a cost-effective fat additive for equine diets. It is typically top-dressed or given orally by syringe.

By replacing grains in the diet, canola oil can reduce excitability in horses that are sensitive to high-starch meals. Replacing grains with fat may also reduce the risk of hindgut acidosis, right dorsal colitis, and colic.

Canola oil delivers high amounts of polyunsaturated fatty acids, including omega-3, -6 and -9 fatty acids. It has a higher proportion of linoleic acid (LA), which is an omega-6 fatty acid. Diets that contain excess omega-6’s can have a pro-inflammatory effect.

Performance horses can tolerate high-oil diets to support exercise endurance and recovery. Unlike starch and other carbohydrates, fatty acids are metabolized slowly and used very efficiently in the performance horse’s body.

Canola oil is a sugar-free source of calories for horses with insulin resistance, Equine Metabolic Syndrome (EMS), or Cushing’s/PPID. By replacing grain in the diet, canola oil helps reduce spikes in blood glucose that can be problematic for metabolic horses.

Fat should be added to the diet gradually over a 2- to 3- week period. The total daily feeding rate should be divided into multiple meals. Oils can be introduced at a rate of 30 ml per day and increased to 100 – 200 ml per day based on caloric need.

Fat should not exceed 8% in the total equine diet.

Ingredients: Canola Oil

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$2.80 / kg
Dry Matter:
Digestible Energy:
9.51721 Mcal / kg (DM)
Nutritional Analysis
Dry Matter
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Nutrients Concentration Per 95 g
Digestible EnergyDigestible energy provides an estimate of the usable calorie content of a feed commonly expressed as megacalories per kilogram or pound (Mcal/kg or lb). 9.51721 Mcal / kg 0.9 Mcal
Crude ProteinCrude Protein is an estimate of the total protein content of a feed based on the nitrogen content. -- % DM -- g
LysineLysine is typically considered the first limiting amino acid in equine diets. It is involved in immune function, metabolism, and making collagen and elastin. -- % DM -- g
CalciumCalcium is important for maintaining strong bones and teeth. It should be provided in a ratio of approximately 1.5:1 Calcium to Phosphorus. -- % DM -- g
PhosphorusPhosphorus is a macromineral involved in the maintaining the structure and function of bone. It is also a component of ATP and cell membranes. -- % DM -- g
MagnesiumMagnesium acts as a cofactor for over 300 metabolic processes. It is important for muscle and nerve function, bone health, mood regulation and energy production. -- % DM -- g
PotassiumPotassium is an electrolyte that help to maintain fluid volume inside cells and cation-anion balance. Exercised horses and horses in hot weather lose potassium through sweat. -- % DM -- g
SulfurSulfur is a component of the amino acids methionine and cysteine. It is important for hoof health, joint function, coat quality and metabolic health. -- % DM -- g
SodiumSodium is the major electrolyte in the horse's body that regulates fluid levels and nerve transmission. Sodium intake in the form of salt stimulates thirst. -- % DM