Feeding whole Oats as a primary grain for your horses?
 
 

       The Horse Forum > Keeping and Caring for Horses > Horse Health

Feeding whole Oats as a primary grain for your horses?

This is a discussion on Feeding whole Oats as a primary grain for your horses? within the Horse Health forums, part of the Keeping and Caring for Horses category
  • Oats for your horse
  • Feeding straight oats

 
LinkBack Thread Tools
    06-24-2011, 12:51 PM
  #1
Weanling
Post Feeding whole Oats as a primary grain for your horses?

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?
     
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
    06-24-2011, 12:55 PM
  #2
Showing
Oats and alfalfa would be my last choice, not my first.

I feed a dry pellet along with a good, grass mix hay.

I can't think of any reason, unless you have a barn full of high performance show animals, to feed such a high octane mix of alfalfa and oats.
     
    06-24-2011, 01:22 PM
  #3
Banned
Wink

I feed whole oats and grass hay I do have a vitamin mineral mix I give also.
I tryed RBS The feed store that special ordered it wouldnt do so any more so iv gone back to oats.My horses do just fine on oats and hay we do ride them six days a week four to five hours a day. I don't ever feed more then 2lbs though if they need more calories I add empower boost wich works well.
Plus they always have hay or grass to eat never are with out forage.My horses can't keep weight on without grain they work to hard to only survive on grass and hay.
     
    06-24-2011, 01:22 PM
  #4
Weanling
Why do you believe it is high octane?
I know many people believe that and all kinds of other myths which is partly why I posted here.
     
    06-24-2011, 01:26 PM
  #5
Green Broke
They are considered high octane due to the high starch/sugar content when they are broken down in the digestive system. Oats can be a great addition to feed when balanced appropriately for the individual horse and it's workload. It's the balancing part that is key

We used to feed horses that were racing a combo of oats, barley, alfalfa, oaten chaff and bran amongst other goodies but they certainly burned off all the calories. Unless the horse has a very heavy workload it probably isn't necessary for most situations.
     
    06-24-2011, 02:31 PM
  #6
Showing
Quote:
Originally Posted by Speed Racer    
Oats and alfalfa would be my last choice, not my first.
Second it. Although corn would be my VERY last choice beating oats.
     
    06-24-2011, 02:34 PM
  #7
Showing
Oh yes Kitten, good catch. I don't do corn, either.

Sarah, exactly. My horses are mostly lazy pasture puffs, with the occasional ride thrown in here and there. They certainly don't need to be fed like Olympic caliber athletes!
     
    06-24-2011, 02:41 PM
  #8
Banned
Many people do not realize that oats are actually a pretty high NSC feed. They think because it is not a processed feed it is a low NSC feed and it is very much not so.
     
    06-24-2011, 06:13 PM
  #9
Banned
Wink

Where I live there isnt much choice on what I feed oats are very easy to get a farmer sells them. The fleet farm in town is fifty miles one way plus they don't carry any feeds I would buy. The only feed I would buy at fleet farm is impower boost the rest is nothing but by products for ingredients. Oats might not be the best but that's my only choice. My horses have done well on them so that's what I feed.
     
    06-24-2011, 11:18 PM
  #10
Green Broke
Quote:
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.
     

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Feeding straight (whole) oats Snookeys Horse Health 12 11-03-2010 09:03 AM
Feeding oats? Hoofprints in the Sand Horse Nutrition 6 04-25-2010 09:39 AM
feeding oats??? happygoose123 Horse Health 15 05-01-2009 12:31 AM
Feeding question - Oats? cherriebark Horse Health 11 10-18-2008 09:43 AM
Feeding Oats dutch Horse Health 8 02-20-2008 04:02 AM



All times are GMT -4. The time now is 11:04 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0