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OakyPoke
24-01-09, 04:15 PM
Quick Question, is it OK to feed Olive Oil? in place of say Veggie oil. Just for a while. Prob have about 2 litres of it that I wont use myself.

Thanks


OakyPoke

MMC
24-01-09, 04:49 PM
I have fed Olive oil before. No problems. It is a lot more expensive than Veggie oil though, but if you already have it why not.

doorh_000
24-01-09, 08:55 PM
What about canola oil? I have heaps of it at home. If i can, is it heating or is it just like feeding sunflower oil?

Cheers,
Doorh

OakyPoke
24-01-09, 09:44 PM
Thanks for the tip about Olive oil, will use it up on the horses then.

And Doorh, I had Country Park (and I think the lady's name is Catherine Bird?) do an assesment on my horses diet. Anyway I was using up all the Canola oil and she had this to say:

"Be careful of using canola oil, it has been linked to eye problems and you are better using a cold pressed vegetable oil like flax seed or another vegetable oil."

I only had about a cup left so I used that up.


OakyPoke

doorh_000
25-01-09, 07:53 AM
Thanks Oakey Poke. I won't use it on my horsey. I am happy to consume it myself, but my husband refuses on the basis that he believes long term consumption can give you cancer. I guess it just stays in the cupboard then. :-)

Autumn
25-01-09, 11:23 AM
All oils, unless genuinely cold pressed, are heat treated so become rancid and carsnogenic very quickly. IF you do choose to feed an oil then obviously a good quality cold pressed one is best - not some cheap sh*t no-name supermarket brand. Hence the reason why I ONLY ever use good quality cold pressed olive oil in my kitchen.

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Aargo
25-01-09, 11:45 PM
Canola Oil I believe has been linked to Macular degeneration in people. As it is a GM crop it has some great properties, but also some really not so good properties.

Canola Oil has a much longer shelf life than other oils, and it contains more omega 3, 6 and 9 than any other oil, but as it is a relatively 'new' crop (and oil), it is not known, other than causing macular degeneration. I try where possible to steer away from it, but it is in a lot of feeds and, and human foods these days.

I am sure olive oil is fine, although expensive.

A

Autumn
26-01-09, 09:39 AM
I got some extra virgin cold pressed olive oil for $23 for 4 litres - rather good value (I bought 3 as it is normally around $60) from my local supermarket. It was obviously a one off offer as they have loads of it!

I dont feed oil to horses anyway - I just make sure they have access to natural minerals for good health.

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hilarytims
26-01-09, 11:49 AM
I use cold-pressed linseed oil, exxy, but only need small amount

oats and barley
26-01-09, 12:39 PM
Apart from feeding oil for coat conditioning, in which case why not feed sunflower seeds, do you feed oil?

OakyPoke
26-01-09, 12:52 PM
Hi Oats n Barley

I'm not feeding it for coat conditioning. I am feeding it for 'energy' (ie energy not used turns into fat) on a thin horse. I cant feed the guy kilo's of grain based products as chaffs and hays are best at this point in his life, but I can chuck in say quarter to half a cup of oil per feed and slowly increase it. Racing people have a hard time getting the required amounts of energy into their horses, specially if they are fussy picky eaters. They commonly use oils and up to 1L per day (well that was when I did an assignment on them back in 2000 anyway).

OakyPoke

OakyPoke
26-01-09, 12:56 PM
And to all those who have Canola stored in the house and dont know what to do with it - make soap!
Very easy (but bit messy and can be dangerous so dont do this with a toddler at your feet). You need Draino, water and oil. use all that canola, chuck in some Copha or Coconut oil (for a lovely foam as opposed to a hard soap). I wont go into details here, many websites you can look up but its very cheap and easy to make. Chuck in your favorite oils, throw in oats or wheatgerm if making a 'garden' scrub type soap. Very rewarding, very easy.

Here's a website with examples and recipes etc.

http://millersoap.com/soapallveg.html

The bestest bit is you can make soap with NO lard or animal fats in it at all.

OakyPoke

hilarytims
26-01-09, 01:00 PM
sunflower seeds great, but can be 'rocket fuel' as full of protein, use sparingly and cut back other protein feed.

Aargo
26-01-09, 05:20 PM
OakyPoke,

Thanks for that, might give it a go, sounds like fun ;)

A

Autumn
26-01-09, 06:14 PM
DRAINO!!! You are making soap with draino!!! and putting it on your skin. Sheesh - rather you than me.

You can make basic soap from wood ash and clean tallow (fat).

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half_pass
26-01-09, 06:54 PM
I feed rice bran oil. Wont feed anything else.

doorh_000
26-01-09, 06:57 PM
Is rice bran oil expensive?

half_pass
26-01-09, 07:12 PM
It is about $160 for 20L. I normally only feed about 60ml per horse per day so it is fairly economical.
I have gotten much better results from rice bran oil than from any other kind of oil. Have been feeding Hygain RBO for about 5 years now. I always get complimented on how shiny my horses are!

Aargo
26-01-09, 07:28 PM
Autumn, lol might try the wood ash. ;)

A

OakyPoke
26-01-09, 07:30 PM
DRAINO!!! You are making soap with draino!!! and putting it on your skin. Sheesh - rather you than me.

LOL, its the same thing. Sorry should have explained I suppose. Anyway I actually use "Mechanix Caustic Soda" which is Sodium Hydroxide (basically Lye) . You add it to water, and the lye dissipates when you add it to fat. It becomes completely safe almost when it hits the fat. Then you stir like crazy for ages, then pour the cooled mix (which resembles butter) by this time there is NO Lye/Caustic Soda left. You leave it to harden which I do for about 6 weeks to 8 weeks. You can basically eat this soap if you really want to. There is not 'bitter' or 'harsh' taste like the purchased soaps.

OakyPoke