Weight Builders and Feeding Oils

Kauffman's Animal Health, Inc. blends and packages several high quality weight building supplements and feeding oils that can be used to enhance rations by adding calories and valuable Omega-3 fatty acids.   Let us help you in your decision to feed an oil or oil based weight builder and in choosing the right supplement for your horse.

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Why Should I Feed a Feeding Oil or Oil-Based Supplement?

Feeding Oils are a major source of digestible fat. High-fat diets provide several important benefits for horses. Most notably, in terms of energy density, fat supplies two and one quarter (2.25) times as much energy as the equivalent weight of carbohydrates or starches (traditionally supplied by grains). Fat is also much easier for a horse to digest than carbohydrates, as fat appears to be absorbed almost exclusively in the small intestine and apparently has no effect on pH in the cecum. Finally, fats are often referred to as “cool calories” or “calm energy” as they do not cause the spike in blood sugar similar to starches, sugars and other carbohydrates; therefore, you should not need to worry about making your horse “hot” or “hyper” when feeding fat.

Feeding oils are excellent sources of fats as they provide virtually 100% fat, so feeding a little reaps considerable benefits.  Some of the benefits you can expect to see are:

  1. Enhanced quality and shine of the hair coat

  2. Provides quality omega-3 fatty acids that horses without access to fresh pasture are lacking

  3. Helps put on weight for a "hard" keeper with far less risk for digestive upset and other complications compared with increasing carbohydrate intake

  4. Prevents older horses from losing condition due to their digestive tracts not working as efficiently

  5. Broodmares in good condition will settle more easily and maintain the pregnancy with less difficulty.  They will also be able to deal with the stress of lactation better and her milk will be higher in fat thus helping her foal gain weight and keep condition

 

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Which Feeding Oil or Oil Based-Supplement is the right choice for your horse?

Ultimately, the decision on which oil to supplement in the equine diet comes down to a cost:benefit analysis relative to purpose.  Kauffman’s Animal Health, Inc. blends and packages a variety of high-quality feeding oils (green/bold type in table below) for further manufacture of animal feeds or as supplements to top-dress daily rations.  Use of feeding oils in equine diets has been increasing in recent years, and a variety of oils are available for this purpose. 

Dietary supplementation of Omega-3 fatty acids has been shown to have numerous beneficial effects for humans, and more recently for horses.  The primary Omega-3 fatty acids of significance for horses are EPA, DHA and ALA.  Although ALA is an Omega-3 fatty acid (high in Flaxseed), conversion to EPA via the same elongase enzymatic pathway that converts linoleic acid (LA) to arachidonic acid (AA) is not as efficient; therefore, providing EPA and DHA directly is beneficial in equine diets.  The table below provides the relative proportions of LA, ALA, EPA and DHA in a few common feeding oils for horses.

Feeding OilLinoleic Acid (LA) {omega-6}Alpha-Linolenic Acid (ALA) {omega-3}DHA and EPA{omega-3}Omega-3 to Omega-6 ratio*Approx. Cost$/gal

Corn Oil

58.0 %

0.7 %

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0.01   low

$12-$16

Rice Bran Oil

35.0 %

1.1 %

---

0.03   low

$22-$30

Wheat Germ Oil

50.0 %

5.0 %

---

0.10   low

$22-$32

Soy Oil

51.0 %

6.8 %

---

0.13   low

$24-$32

Flaxseed Oil

14.0 %

58.0 %

---

4.14   mod

$25-$35

Fish Oil

2.0 %

1.5 %

26.0 %

12.00   high

$55-$95

* A number less than 1 means considerably more Omega-6 fatty acids than Omega-3 fatty acids; whereas, a number greater than 1 means more Omega-3 fatty acids relative to Omega-6 fatty acids.

Corn oil is the least expensive plant-based oil supplement used in equine feeds.  For decades corn oil has been used to mask powdered supplements and to provide additional calories, but in the last several years has been scrutinized for its extremely low Omega-3 content, and its high Omega-6 content which has been shown to have pro-inflammatory properties.

Soy oil tends to be intermediate in approximate cost as well as the Omega-3 to Omega-6 ratio, but the LA content is high and the Omega-3 is coming solely from ALA, making this a better choice than corn oil but a poorer choice than fish oil.  Because the Omega-3 content is primarily ALA, the health benefits garnered will not be as substantial as supplying EPA and DHA directly.

Fish oil has gained noticeable attention recently as an excellent source of additional calories for hard-working horses, primarily due to its Omega-3 fatty acid complement.  Fish oil is rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, namely EPA and DHA.  The following benefits have been realized in equine feeding programs that incorporate fish oil as a source of Omega-3 fatty acids:

  • Less pronounced inflammatory reactions compared with those derived from Omega-6 fatty acids, specifically LA.

  • Reduced inflammatory response in various joint conditions.

  • Enhanced reproductive performance of stallions.

  • Improved development of the fetal nervous system in supplemented gestating mares.

  • Reduced signs of exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage (EIPH).

  • Reduced likelihood of developing gastric ulcers.

 

 

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Kauffman's Omega-3F

(Formerly Integrity Omega-3F)

Kauffman's Omega-3F is a unique, premium source of Omega-3 fatty acids for equine that features our proprietary blend of flaxseed, fish oil and fenugreek (3F). We have combined flaxseed and fish oil into a highly palatable, balanced source of Omega-3 fatty acids for high performance equine athletes, as well as horses provided hay and grain without significant access to pasture.

Guaranteed Analysis
 
 per lb.
per oz.
Protein, min.
13.00%
58.90 g
3.69 g
Fat, min.
36.00%
163.30 g
10.20 g
Fiber, max.
6.00%
32.8 g
1.70 g
Total Omega-3 fatty acids
12.75 %
58,000 mg
3,610 mg
Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA)
2.64 %
12,000 mg
750 mg
Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA)
2.64 %
12,000 mg
750 mg

 


Ingredients:

Flax Seed, ground; Yeast Culture; Fish Oil; Fenugreek Seed, ground; Calcium Silicate; and Natural Mixed Tocopherols.

 

Feeding Directions:

  • Foals: one scoop (one ounce) over daily feed

  • Weanlings: two scoops (two ounces) over daily feed

  • Yearlings: three scoops (three ounces) over daily feed

  • Broodmares and Stallions: four to six scoops (four to six ounces) over daily feed at least 60 days prior to and 30 days after breeding

  • Performance Horses: two to six scoops (two to six ounces) over daily feed at least 30 days prior to and throughout training and competition.

(Note: The enclosed measure holds approximately one ounce when level full.)

 

Standard Packaging:

  • 4 lb pails - approximately 64 one ounce servings or 16 four ounce servings
  • 8 lb pails
  • 16 lb pails

 

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Kauffman's Coat, Skin & Weight

(Formerly Integrity CSW)

Kauffman's Coat, Skin & Weight is a unique coat, skin and weight supplement that features our proprietary blend of flaxseed, fish oil and fenugreek with direct-fed microbial (probiotics), vitamin B-1 and magnesium for equine.

Kauffman's Coat, Skin & Weight supplies a balanced nutritional profile to improve the coat, skin and weight of horses needing additional calories and Omega-3 fatty acids.

Guaranteed Analysis
per pound
per 2 ounces
Total Microbial Count
 
184 Billion CFU*
23 Billion CFU*
Protein
14.50 %
65.7 g
8.2 g
Fat
37.00 %
167.8 g
20.9 g
Fiber
7.25 %
32.8 g
4.1 g
Thiamine
 
4,000 mg
500 mg
Magnesium
0.90 %
4,000 mg
500 mg
Total Omega-3
 
58,000 mg
7,250 mg
EPA/DHA
 
12,000 mg
1,500 mg
Total Omega-6
 
12,000 mg
1,500 mg

*CFU = Colony Forming Units

Ingredients:

Flax seed; fish oil; yeast culture; fenugreek seed, ground; dehydrated alfalfa meal; Saccharomyces cerevisiae; magnesium oxide; thiamine mononitrate; natural mixed tocopherols; dried Aspergillus oryzae fermentation extract; dried fermentation products of: Lactobacillus acidophilus, Bifidobacterium thermophilum, Enterococcus faecium, Bifidobacterium longum, and Bacillus subtilis.

Feeding Directions:

Adult Horses - two (2) ounces per head per day to enhance coat and skin; four (4) ounces per head per day as a weight supplement.

Standard Packaging:

7.5 lb pails - approximately 30-60 day supply for one horse

15 lb pails - approximately 30-60 day supply for two horses

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Fish Oil

A high quality, deodorized and flavored fish oil.  Kauffman's Fish Oil is great source of Omega-3 Fatty Acids high in EPA and DHA for equine feeding programs

Guaranteed Analysis
per 2 fluid ounces
Total Fatty Acids
(min) 80.00 %
43.4 g
Free Fatty Acids (as Oleic)
(max) 0.50 %
 
Crude Fat
(min) 96.00 %
52.0 g
Moisture
(max) 0.50 %
 
Insoluble Impurities
(max) 0.50 %
 
Unsaponifiables
(max) 3.00 %
 
Total Omega-3 Fatty Acids
(min) 36.00 %
19,500 mg
DHA
(min) 12.00 %
6,500 mg
EPA
(min) 14.00 %
7.585 mg

Feeding Directions:

Top-dress one to two ounces (30-60ml) on feed daily.  For best results, equally divide total daily amount among grain meals

Standard Packaging:

1 gallon plastic jugs
5 gallon plastic pails with pour spout


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Soy Oil

A high quality soybean oil for use in equine feeding programs

Guaranteed Analysis
Crude Fat, not less than 99.0 %

Feeding Directions:

 

Top-dress one to two ounces (30-60ml) on feed daily.  For best results, equally divide total daily amount among grain meals

Standard Packaging:

1 gallon plastic jugs
5 gallon plastic pails with pour spout


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Pure Corn Oil

A high quality, pure Corn Oil. Kauffman's Pure Corn Oil can be used as a supplemental source of fat in animal diets. It can also be used to 'hide' powder or granular supplements for 'finicky' horses that won't consume their supplements otherwise.

Guaranteed Analysis
Crude Fat, not less than 99.0 %

Feeding Directions:

 

Top-dress one to two ounces (30-60ml) on feed daily.  For best results, equally divide total daily amount among grain meals

 

Standard Packaging:

1 gallon plastic jugs
5 gallon plastic pails with pour spout


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