I have been using coconut oil for a while with Tofino. I used to give him vegetable oil with his food until i read about the different oils that are safe for your horse and their benefits.
The good thing about using coconut oil is that its consistency is not runny unless heated. In normal room temperature, the texture is moose like which makes it less messy and easy to measure and apply.
I personally use organic virgin coconut oil (click image to enlarge):
Coconut oil is not only for ingestion but can also be used externally. Here are a few of the benefits that coconut oil can have on your horse:
- Assist in digestion and improving gut health: It is an easy oil for your horse to digest and absorb and convert it to energy.
- Energy: Great form of energy for your horse
- Cuts/abrasions: Assists in faster healing
- Conditioner: Great conditioner for mane, tail, body and hooves not only for horses but also human hair and body too!
- Infection: Helps heal and prevent infection from insect bites to mud fever
- Calories: Can help adjust food balance especially for underweight horses
- Rubs and Itching: Can be applied to any saddle rubs or tail itching to calm and sooth the area
- Hair growth: Used on mane and tail or even the body on patches of less hair or no hair to help with growth (this also applies to human hair too, i have used it personally on mine and it truly help grow my hair stronger and healthier)
- Overall performance: I personally noticed that Tofino is more forward and more flexible while on coconut oil, and not to mention that he absolutely loves it!
Note: When giving your horse any kind of oil to ingest it is important to be cautious of the amount. They only need a teaspoon daily.