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    06-25-2011, 12:38 AM
  #11
Weanling
I feed whole oats because I personally just like the feed. For the record feeding whole oats is much more beneficial than feeding crimped oats because once crimped oats loose their fat content. So far as starch goes oats actually have around 90 percent digestibility compared to barley and corns 30 or 35 percent. Feeds like barley and corn are more apt to cause ulcers etc. than oats ever will. Over the past few years much more research has been done. My Uncle raised Percherons and I became very involved growing up and his feed of choice was whole oats, beet pulp and good quality alfalfa hay. He always said a horse would never founder from being fed properly. I have followed much the same theory and have always had excellent results.
     
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    06-25-2011, 01:15 AM
  #12
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Originally Posted by Annnie31    
I feed whole oats because I personally just like the feed. For the record feeding whole oats is much more beneficial than feeding crimped oats because once crimped oats loose their fat content. So far as starch goes oats actually have around 90 percent digestibility compared to barley and corns 30 or 35 percent. Feeds like barley and corn are more apt to cause ulcers etc. than oats ever will. Over the past few years much more research has been done. My Uncle raised Percherons and I became very involved growing up and his feed of choice was whole oats, beet pulp and good quality alfalfa hay. He always said a horse would never founder from being fed properly. I have followed much the same theory and have always had excellent results.
Iv had alot less colics since I started my horses back on oats when their on pelleted feed they colic almost weekly. So iam all for the oats plus its tons cheaper. And my horses look just as good as anybodys horse that's fed pellets. Plus I don't have to use up a tank of gas going to get it so I save money there too with gas at 3.59 a gallon. It cost over 70 dollars to fill one tank on my pickup.
     
    06-25-2011, 03:42 AM
  #13
Trained
Oats are an ok feed, as is Barley. Corn I wouldn't touch with a ten foot pole.

I choose to feed no cereal graisn to my horses. The starch can cause issues that I don't want to deal with, after having one grain intolerant horse.

I feed a diet high in fats and protein. Oilseeds/legumes form the basis of my diet as fat is better utilised as an energy from with less side effects than starch/carbohydrates.

My horses are on pasture, and weh we are competeing get an alfalfa/grass mix hay cube with added soy oil, and a small amount of Hygain Showtorque which is a mix of Lupins, Sunflower seeds, Full Fat Soy meal, oils, etc...

If I were to feed hay + one straight supplement, it would probably be lupins, or a rice bran product.
     
    06-25-2011, 03:43 AM
  #14
Trained
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when their on pelleted feed they colic almost weekly.
Ehgads!!

That means either a terrible quality pelleted feed or terrible management practices. Good quality feeds should not cause colic at ALL, let alone weekly, when used as directed.
     
    06-25-2011, 08:11 AM
  #15
Weanling
Dont get me wrong about using other feeds that are balanced nutritionally, I have nothing against them, each to their own and for a short while we fed Purina Foal Ration etc. etc. when we had a larger show string and halter horses. We ultimately went back to whole oats because we felt safer feeding them to halter horses as the protein was lower, we could feed a bit more safely to bulk out our horses and the starch was more digestible. Of the 35 years we have been in horses only about 5 were spent feeding pelleted or premixes. We had 18 horses not including our foals, never had a case of collic, never had a founder, never had a single issue related to feed such as ulcers.
The mare we bought about 7 months ago had a tramatic injury to her front foot. She had blown an abcess out her coronet, she was 150 pound underweight, she was scarred up and marked up like she was in a world war. The safest feed for her was whole oats, there is no digestibilty problem, we could start her out slow and increase her a bit daily until she was optimium weight and I personally knew we would not collic on oats. She is now almost to the weight we think is perfect, she has a beautiful shinny coat and is coming along nicely with ground work and started lightly under saddle. We are feeding her a controlled amount of alfalfa because it contains calcium etc that the oats doesnt and balances out her diet. There are some excellent articles about feeding oats (whole) and alfalfa hay to your horses..some at Ag Canadas website under Albertas Horsefeeding Myths and Misconceptions and the Kentucky Equine Research Center also has some excellent articles.
     
    06-25-2011, 09:02 AM
  #16
Green Broke
My mare is allergic to molasses and soy bean products so that throws every commercial feed out the window for us unfortunately...I had her on crimped oats for awhile with vitamin supplements and a timothy/orchard mix, but I was actually told that rolled barley is more digestible than oats so I switched her.

But I noticed someone in this thread has said just the opposite, that oats are better than barley??
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    06-25-2011, 09:24 AM
  #17
Weanling
@Hoofprints in the Sand
I said the starch in oats is more digestible than the starch in barley and corn, just so not to confuse. I have had little to no experience with Barley so I can't say. Im sure your ration is as well balanced.
     
    06-25-2011, 09:49 AM
  #18
Banned
Oats is the best choice among the cereal grains. They have more fiber than the other grains but a slightly lower level of protein, about 5% fat, the starch is easily digestible and most horses like oats. The only negative thing about oats is that it does cause a spike in the blood sugar.
Corn is a denser feed and will make a horse a lot "hotter" than oats and a horse can't eat as much corn without risk of foundering. Oats are much safer in that aspect. Barley is so hard most horses won't eat it unless it is processed and even that doesn't greatly improve the digestibility.
If I had to feed one of these instead of a mix I'd feed oats
Around here they are $12 for a 50lb bag of whole oats, which is slightly more expensive than a generic "sweet feed". When we feed grain we usually use a mix with Calf Manna in it for the added fat content.
     
    06-25-2011, 10:04 AM
  #19
Green Broke
I can't speak for everyone but I personally never said there is anything wrong with feeding oats, just that the diet needs to be balanced according to the individual horse's needs and workload.

Which I stand by.

In fact, when I was eventing horses I used to make up my own feed entirely from grains, similar to the racing mix I described earlier. It worked at the time and I was happy with it, my horses were happy, healthy and super fit. These days I feed a good quality pelleted feed which works too for what I do these days - light work 3-4 times a week.

It's all about the individual situation, there is no be-all end-all rule for feeding horses.

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Originally Posted by Annnie31    
There are some excellent articles about feeding oats (whole) and alfalfa hay to your horses..some at Ag Canadas website under Albertas Horsefeeding Myths and Misconceptions and the Kentucky Equine Research Center also has some excellent articles.
As for myths, I did take a look at that page and it was a good read, nothing new but thanks for sharing . However, what I was looking for was any info to refute my statement that oats are comparatively high sugar/starch when broken down in the digestive system and hence need to be carefully balanced when used in a feeding regimen given your statement that people believe in myths. I didn't find anything disputing that but if I missed it you can correct me with additional references as I would be interested to know more.
     
    06-25-2011, 10:12 AM
  #20
Foal
I also feed a dry pelleted mix of 16% and a free choice coastal hay at all times and then a chip of alfalfa once a day
     

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