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        05-12-2013, 06:10 AM
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    I was told she is the perfect weight, and I guess she is. Her feet aren't the best though in terms of quality. And I recently moved her to this boarding place. I do believe that where she was before she was getting oats, but is there any nutritional value for horses with oats?
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    Oats don't have many calories in them. They are mostly sugar.

    It sounds as if she doesn't need anything other than the food she is getting.

    Bagheera - you are incorrect about the feed value of oats.

    The feeding value of oats is fairly rich because it contains 7% to 9.5% digestible protein and sixty starch units (100 oats units). It is also fairly rich in fat (4.5% oil, from among the grains, second only to corn). Its individual nutrients are very easy to digest, does not cause digestive disorders and contain many other positive values in feeding horses.
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        05-12-2013, 03:22 PM
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    Her body score is fine - she is in the perfect weight. She is in a 30 acre pasture with 5 other horses so over grazing isn't a problem. I just noticed that a lot of their horses that are on pasture are on the thin side. She hasn't been here long enough to lose weight, I just want to prevent it from happening at all if possible.

    This is her, so you can see for yourself.






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        05-12-2013, 03:24 PM
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    Her body score is fine - she is in the perfect weight. She is in a 30 acre pasture with 5 other horses so over grazing isn't a problem. I just noticed that a lot of their horses that are on pasture are on the thin side. She hasn't been here long enough to lose weight, I just want to prevent it from happening at all if possible.

    This is her, so you can see for yourself.






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        05-12-2013, 03:25 PM
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    Sorry for the double post! Stupid phone
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        05-12-2013, 03:27 PM
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    She's very pretty!

    If the other horses are thin as a result of being on grass during winter, she should be fine on what she's getting. If they're usually on the thin side, I'd think about adding something to her diet in terms of calories.
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        05-12-2013, 03:45 PM
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    She's very pretty!

    If the other horses are thin as a result of being on grass during winter, she should be fine on what she's getting. If they're usually on the thin side, I'd think about adding something to her diet in terms of calories.
    Well they were in the smaller pasture for the winter, but I have noticed that they only seem to feed them once a day, about 4 flakes each. This is the only place that I could find on short notice as I found whip marks on my horse from her previous boarding place.
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        05-12-2013, 08:26 PM
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    You're right FoxHunter. I was thinking of grain/sweet feed when I posted that. Not sure why, but hey. It happens. Lol Here is a good article about the nutritional content on oats by Purina.

    Barnmice.com/profiles/blogs/horse-nutrition-quick-facts-on

    I'm sure you can always buy your own hay and bring it out for her as well. This all depends on what you, as a horse owner, feel that your horse needs.
         

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