So I have a few questions....
- What type of straw is best to bed horses on?
- Can wheat or barley straw give horses colic if they eat it??
- Does anyone have any ideas of how to reduce the ammount of straw my horse eats?
Yes I know I will probably end up on shavings NEXT year. I feel soo irresponsible - my parents really don't want to invest in rubber mats + shavings until we are saving cash in the summer when Harvey can go out 24/7.
Wheat straw tends to be the most absorbent. And the most easy to find in most areas.
Eating straw wont make them colic, but it is just empty calories (kinda like eating white bread....fills ya up, but not a lot of nutritional value).
So some people opt for oat straw for horses who eat their bedding, as it has a wee-bit more nutrition in it...and I mean a wee-bit.
If they do eat a fair amount they can get a hay-belly look. But they'd have to eat a lot.
Barely straw is quite course, and isn't very easy to come by (at least in our area), it also is the least absorbent of the 3.
Give your horse adequate amounts of hay, and he shouldn't eat a lot of the straw, as it is quite tasteless, and they'd only being eating it out of boredom, not hunger.