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post #1 of 12 Old 10-14-2008, 12:31 PM Thread Starter
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Feeding question - Oats?

I have been feeding my appaloosa gelding Purina Strategy and an All-In-One alfalfa roughage mix, plus Oat hay. He was doing great on that when he was in consistent training, but A few weeks ago I broke my back and he is just sitting. He's an easy keeper and he is going to get fat on the Strategy, so I need to change his feed. He drops weight on just hay, because the manager at our barn always under-feeds to save hay.

I'm thinking I am going to continue the all-in-one (munched up alfalfa, oathay and molasses, mostly) but I was thinking of adding a grain. I don't want to feed anything with corn (COB) because he gets fat too easily. I was thinking of adding straight oats, but I've tried that before and it seems to always come out in whole pieces in the poop, and I feel like I'm wasting money. Any opinions on oats? Rolled, crimped, whole, etc? Any processed feeds that might do for keeping weight on an off-work 4 year old without getting him fat? Thanks.

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post #2 of 12 Old 10-14-2008, 12:54 PM
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I mix crimped oats with the pellets (half-cup pellets, cup of oats), add water, oil (once a day) and supplements (once a day). I tried whole oats and as you said you can see the whole ones in poops. This mix they seem to love.
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post #3 of 12 Old 10-14-2008, 01:04 PM
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I like the rolled oats - they look like oatmeal

There are tons of feeds out there that are "pleasure feeds" - with a lower fat content....what are some brand names in your area?

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post #4 of 12 Old 10-15-2008, 09:59 AM
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Since my guy hasn't been able to continuelly work, we switched him from grain to hay pellets.. Grain got him a little to silly without work/ and a lil on the round side. The hay pellets work out great, and he maintains a very Ideal weight!

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post #5 of 12 Old 10-15-2008, 10:21 AM
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what kind of hay pellets do you feed? (namebrand?)

The old man is on alfalfa cubes now, but I honestly wouldn't mind giving him something with a lower protein content.

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post #6 of 12 Old 10-15-2008, 10:34 AM
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I think manna or mid valley... My trainer/owner of the barn is the one who reccommended the switch and does the ordering.. I will check tonight and repost the correct brand....

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post #7 of 12 Old 10-15-2008, 11:33 AM
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Oats are great! What you're seeing in the manure are just the oat hulls. Studies show that digestibility only increases by about 4-5% when comparing whole oats to crimped or rolled oats.
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post #8 of 12 Old 10-15-2008, 02:47 PM
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Sorry for silly question, but what is the difference between rolled and crimped? The store near by only sells crimped. I compare the look with the oatmeal and they look kinda similar...
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oats are 40% or higher in sugars and starches better then corn but not alot ...

Why not look into the Enrich32 supplement to keep his vitamin/mineral levels up without the extra calories or energy

I have been called the NSC Nazi more then once ... I hate traditional feed methods of loading our horses up on grains and junk food :)
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post #10 of 12 Old 10-15-2008, 10:01 PM
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barley is also very good at helping horses maintain weight.

I wouldn't worry about the oats in the poopy, for the few that managed to make it through a lot more are used up.
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