Thanks everyone!!!! the place i bought it from wouldnt be selling the oats for animal feed if the rats have been poisoned. and yes, i agree, every grain factory is going to have rats and mice. ill find out for sure if the rats were poisoned just to be safe but i doubt they have. if they havent been poisoned then im not going to worry about the poo at all. i know it gross to think about but animals are different. concidering i know someone who feed the same stuff and his horses havent gotten sick then i dont think that there is anything wrong with it. i was mainly worrying about how crazy it would send them, if at all. ive always been told till just this year that they are the worst thing to feed a horse that is only lightly riden, out of work or a green horse! (cause i have one out of work horse, one that will only be ridden a couple times a week and 1 soon to be 2 green tbs) but i guess not, YAY!!!!!!!!
i currently feed them pony pellets. the out of work one also gets copra and a calcium supliment. they all get one of them salt/mineral licks, would that be good enough to keep their vitamins and minerals up?
im thinking that i might slowly change their diet to the oats and bran, as well as the mineral lick. they will also be getting lucern chaff when there is no grass (winter will be setting in real soon :( lol).
so if there was no grass, how much should i feed of the oats, bran and lucern chaff??
Horses lend us the wings we lack