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    10-14-2009, 09:42 AM
Does Straight Oats = Too Much Energy?

Some of you may know from my other posts that Noah, my Perch, has been at a new barn for just over two weeks. This is his current feeding schedule: 6 lbs of oats, twice a day, top dress the oats with Purina 12:12 vitamins/minerals which also has salt in it, 5 sleeves of hay at each feeding. He gets out on grass during the day whenever the pastures are dry. I also started him on a joint supplement powder last week for his cracking joints.

I've had Noah for almost 4 weeks. He was ribby and very hippy when he first came home. He put on weight really fast and his ribs are completely covered now, hips are much better. Since he has been on the feeding schedule listed above, his energy is through the roof. He still moves quietly when I'm riding him, but on the ground he is jittery, pulling, plowing into people, and very difficult to keep him standing still whe tied. He is also more likely to be startled by things. While I expect that a lot of this is him getting used to new things and may be a training issue as well, I'm wondering if his feeding program may be increasing his energy level too much. I would have preferred him to be on a senior pelleted feed, but the BO is a big fan of straight oats and wanted to try that first.

Has anyone else fed straight oats to a senior (he's somewhere between 27-30) and / or draft and seen a difference in their energy level compared to a senior feed? I want him to be a healthy as possible, especially considering his age, but I don't want to be feeding him in such a way that it makes him more difficult to handle if its not needed.
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    10-14-2009, 09:53 AM
I'd say yes. Look at the similar thread I posted while back. I have young horses though, but from what I experienced oats certainly give way too much energy :)

Horses going nuts.... Is it grain?
    10-14-2009, 10:02 AM
Oh boy... thanks for the link. I tried searching straight oats but missed that thread. So, six pounds of oats, twice a day, with only walk/trot sessions a few times a week is likely to make him jumpy?! Granted, he does get outside for a big part of the day, but he's an old man who doesn't really want to run around like a nut after the younger horses. He's not working hard at all and doesn't really have a chance to burn off extra energy.
    10-14-2009, 11:14 AM
Feeding strait oats = too much phosphorus....Which yes, is used to create energy but that isn't the biggest worry.
You want a balanced ratio, you can search calcium-phosphorus or heres a good link as well Understanding the Calcium-Phosphorus Ratio - Susan Evans Garlinghouse
    10-14-2009, 11:25 AM
Well, its a bit of a moot point now. He will be moved to a new barn on 11/8 where he will be switched to Purina Senior or Blue Seal Vintage. However, at the new place, I have the ability to customize his feeding much more than what I am currently able to do. Any recommendations? I'm thinking of picking up a bag now to mix with his oats to wean him onto the new feeding program.
    10-14-2009, 01:18 PM
I personally am a big fan of Purina Equine Senior, Or Triple Crown Senior
    10-14-2009, 07:39 PM
Personally I'd go with the Senior feed. BTW when I was feeding oats I added min/vita to balance.
    10-14-2009, 09:15 PM
Green Broke
What about beet pulp?

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