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  • Equine feeding oats
  • Do oats make a horse hyper

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    02-17-2008, 11:29 AM
Feeding Oats

Has anyone ever had oats give their horse diahrrea?
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    02-17-2008, 09:32 PM
Green Broke
Hmmmm..i have never heard of that one either but I don't feed my horses oats bc I heard it can makes them to hyper and wirey
    02-17-2008, 10:14 PM
Now I never heard THAT one, has anyone else?
    02-17-2008, 10:46 PM
Yes, it is a hot feed, meaning it can make horses a little wired... which is why I don't feed it regularily and only use a handful every once in a while as a treat.
I have never heard of it causing diahrrea though.
    02-17-2008, 10:49 PM
Oats are a wonderful natural food for horses, althou to be fed in moderation. It can make some horses "hot headed"... never heard of it giving them the runs
    02-19-2008, 10:57 AM
I have seen a horse founder that was being fed a diet high in Oats.
    02-19-2008, 11:48 AM
Just curious... I checked the pelleted feed and it does have grain in it as well. How different is that from pure oats then? (I mean 2-3 lbs of pelleted according to instruction versus say small cup of oats)
    02-19-2008, 03:11 PM
I used to feed a diet high in oats before I knew better.

Yes, it can cause diarrhea. I did not have as much of an issue with horses becoming wired, although it probably depends on the horse.

If I am remembering correctly, oats are high carb, low protein. The carbs would be beneficial, but you also need a decent amount of protein as well (not too high though). Therefore, you would have to feed quite a lot of oats to reach the needed nutrient requirement, which in turn would probably cause diarrhea more easily and a hyper horse.

I have found that I really like the concentrate feeds that list the %nutrients right on the bag - and it gives recommended feeding amounts. I have thought about even blending in a small amount of pelleted alfalfa for my stallion who has some lethargy issues if his diet is not giving him enough energy, but for most horses, I would probably avoid the alfalfa or use it in extreme moderation. Our mare became a nut case when receiving it.

Sorry about the unnecessary tangent - my mind was drifting a bit. :)
    02-20-2008, 04:02 AM
Grains are basicly seeds, most of which (including oats) don't digest very well.


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