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.
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.