Your horse needs to gain weight, and you are on a budget. What to do? Oil is a great, inexpensive, and palatable way to add fat to your horse's diet.
Oil is a great choice for adding to the diet when your horse is underweight. The following oils are commonly used and safe:
How much oil should you feed? For the average, 1000 lb horse, 1-2 cups of oil per day are ideal for weight gain. Be sure to introduce the oil slowly, working up to the full 1-2 cups over a week or two timespan. If your horse develops loose manure, reduce the anount of oil.
Looking to simply add shine to your horse at a good weight? 1/4 cup a day