COCONUT is a very palatable and highly effective conditioning feed but is most often fed to horses in the form of copra, which is a byproduct of coconut oil production. Copra is what is left of coconut meat after most of the oil has been removed. Oil content in copra is about 8%. There are commercially available powdered coconut oil supplements which contain about 65% coconut oil but the other 35% is maltodextrin, which is a highly processed hydrolysed starch, yum. We wanted to use coconut as a conditioner because the fat it provides is not just fabulous for a shiny coat. It is a great energy source – it is made up of Medium Chain Triglycerides which are a very digestible and readily available energy source - so we looked at human food grade coconut milk powder instead and guess what – it has 65% coconut oil content with none of the processing!
It's only very recently become possible to source this high oil coconut milk powder in a certified Organic form but source it we did - and that is what we use in our supplements. So the 65% coconut oil is delivered in its whole food context – providing the additional protein, fibre, vitamins and minerals that make coconut such a valuable staple food resource in so many parts of the world. We have to admit that the ingredient we have sourced does contain a teeny little bit of tapioca starch - to stop it forming into solid clumps, which is the downside of it having so much oil in it. But the total content of this is only 2% (which we can live with for the time being but there's always room for improvement!)
We use CERTIFIED ORGANIC COCONUT MILK POWDER in the following products: