1. Improves gut health-it is easier to digest, absorb, and convert to energy than other vegetable oils. It is thought to help with ulcers, and acidosis , and may decrease the incidence of colic particularly in grain fed horses.
2. Energy source- 2x more energy (due, in part, to the density) than typical starch and protein found in the grain fed diets. Great for added calories in hard keepers, Seniors, and were hay is at a premium.
3. It can entice picky eaters, in that most horses actually like the taste.
4. Antimicrobial properties makes it a good choice for insect bites and minor skin irritations. This also, allows for a very long shelf life.
5. Hoof and coat conditioner. Use it straight on hooves, for coats here is a good recipe: in a 16 oz. bottle mix 2TBL Coconut oil, 2 tsp Glycerin, 1 tsp Witch Hazel, (optional- few drops of favorite Essential oils) and Distilled H2O.
I hope these ideas help you incorporate this versatile oil in your SmartBarn!
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