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The Power of Coconut Meal for Horses

Posted by J. Serot, Wed, Jan 25, 2017

Why would you feed coconut to your horse? In addition to being non-GMO and organic, there are multiple benefits!

Coconut Meal Benefits:

  • Fat from medium chain triglycerides
  • Sustained energy
  • Digestive support
  • Low sugar/low starch

Breaking down where the ingredient comes from:

The coconut meal that is used in Renew Gold™ Equine Supplement is the result of the extraction of part of the natural oil found in the inner meat of the coconut. It isn’t the same as the flakes used for baking cookies during the holidays!

ll fats are not created equal!

Coconut oil falls into a category known as medium chain triglycerides (MCT), or saturated fats. Something to note is that many of the other types of saturated fats in products are from animal fat, and not proper to use for horse feeds. So, what’s the difference in fats? The “medium” refers to the chain length of the fatty acids. Oils can be either a short chain, medium chain or long chain fatty acid. The medium chains are more rapidly absorbed and metabolized verses the longer chain triglycerides that are found in other non-animal saturated fats, such as vegetable oil, olive oil, corn oil, and soy oil. Coconut is unique in that, rather than being stored for fat like the longer chains, the body converts the MCTs found in coconut meal into fuel for muscles.


The saturated fat from coconut meal is digested directly into the blood, providing energy. This is superior to other fat sources which are converted to fat instead of energy. Being absorbed into the blood is beneficial because this gives a much quicker energy response. But we certainly aren’t looking to give our horse a quick burst of energy and then have them crash! The coconut meal in Renew Gold is blended with Stabilized Rice Bran and high Omega-3 fatty acids from flax, which provides an even, smooth and wide energy flow to the horse. So, why would you choose coconut energy over other energy sources? Because coconut oil is so energy dense, it yields about two times more energy than starch or protein. Sounds like a good reason to give coconut meal a try, doesn’t it?


A unique aspect of the medium chain triglycerides (MCT) in coconut meal is their significant, clinically proven antibacterial, antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties. The MCT found in coconut meal is called lauric acid, which has strong antimicrobial effects. Actually, coconut oil is nature’s most abundant source of lauric acid (50%), followed by human breast milk (6%–10%). Pretty miraculous!

Low Sugar, Low Starch

Finally, coconut meal contains less than 2% starch, so it is less likely to cause starch-related issues such as tying up and laminitis. Also, the nutritional composition suggests that the fiber in coconut meal is similar to that of pasture grasses!

As you can see, when it comes to equine nutrition, there is more to coconut meal than meets the eye.

Jennifer Serot

Jennifer is the newest member of the Manna Pro Equine Team. She has been riding and showing dressage for 20 years and enjoys spending time with her Connemara pony. Jennifer graduated with her BSBA and MBA in Marketing from Washington University in St. Louis.


Kathleen Snyder 01/26/2017, 8:25:13 PM

I'm looking forward to trying Renew Gold.

Doreen Higham 01/27/2017, 8:25:36 PM

Would love to try this

Mary Draayom 01/26/2017, 8:26:01 PM

We have a 19 yr old gelding who is showing no signs of thriving , has coliced, choked, and displays irritation when saddled. Gut problems? We don't know but we need an answer soon. Coconut just might be it!!

Lori Gunter 01/28/2017, 8:26:29 PM

I feed renew gold to my horse and not problems with colic or keeping weight on my horse. I show him in western pleasure and trail ride him. It gets down to freezing where he is.

Kim Van Drisse 12/08/2017, 8:26:58 PM

I have a easy keeper mare, very low maintenance. I show her and trail ride. She's on pasture 24/7 and on a ration balancer. What would be a b to benefit in feeding Renew Gold in this instance? Would I use it in place of the ration balancer or in addition?

Rhonell Wilkins 12/09/2017, 8:27:36 PM

So is renew gold a feed or an additive?

Cherie Leporatti 12/09/2017, 8:28:02 PM

I started making a coconut oul based supplement for my Arabian show horse after hearing about its benefits from Dr. Dan speak at the Equine Exp in Pennsylvania in 2014. My horse continues to show symptoms after Lymes disease. He was treated for Lymes in 2012. My concoction is messy and not always palatable. I will gladly try Omega Gold. See if I experience the same benefits as my homemade version.

Ingrid Splawn 02/04/2017, 8:28:47 PM

How does this compare to rice bran? My interest is already piqued, since coconut does not have arsenic....
I'm open to any and all tespponses

Michelle Graham 11/29/2018, 8:29:14 PM

I have a TB mare that is an extremely hard keeper plus she is picky about supplements. Can I add this to her current feed as a supplement and if so how is its palatability?

Jaymi McNulti 12/04/2018, 8:29:38 PM

I heard about renew earlier today by a trainer I work for, we were discussing feed options for my QH that has HYPP. Would renew gold be safe for horses with N/H HYPP? Is there a potassium %?

Vicky Murray 12/07/2018, 8:30:02 PM

I feed my horse coolstance copra with the manna pro elite and manna pro hi fiber hay bale could I use this instead of the coolstance ?

Kathleen Anne 06/09/2019, 8:30:29 PM

Hi, I am in Cambodia, and cannot access coconut meal, but I do have access to a lot of shaved coconut that has had the milk taken out of it already. Does anyone have any experience feeding this to horses?

Anonymous 11/21/2020, 11:54:36 PM

Excellent product

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