Originally Posted by Annnie31
I know you people had a thread back in February about feeding oats to your horses and I was surprised that some were not too receptive to it as a primary feed along with hay. We feed our horse whole oats and quality alfalfa hay with and I wondered if many other posters on here have done the research and feed the same?
It's a common way to feed here in Arizona. Alfalfa is the most common and easiest to get hay here. It is also very high in calcium and low in phosphorous, so adding something like oats or barely will help balance out the high calcium of the alfalfa.
Actually, when my mare was pregnant, that is what my vet recommended- alfalfa and several pounds of oats to give her some phosphorous to balance out the calcium in the alfalfa.
Right now I am feeding alfalfa, a little bit of bermuda, and barley (because they are cheaper than oats and are also high in phosphorous). For those of us feeding a mostly alfalfa diet, straight grains are our friends.