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post #1 of 20 Old 09-23-2009, 10:40 PM Thread Starter
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Horses going nuts.... Is it grain?

My both horses go bananas almost every morning. They have their morning portion of grain, eat little bit of hay, and then just either run like crazy after each other or if I take one of them to ride she's really hot. Just wondering, is it something normal for young horses (they are just 5 years old) to be like that in mornings, or it could be the grain? I give just half-pound pure oats/half-pound Blue Seal Sport pellets (low protein, high fat) + vit/min supplement + handful of boss (so really small amount IMO).
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post #2 of 20 Old 09-23-2009, 11:02 PM
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Aren't oats high in sugar & carbs? If so, that's your culprit.
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Aren't oats high in sugar & carbs? If so, that's your culprit.
Yes, but that's only 1/2 pound. Considering them being 1000 pounds each I'd think shouldn't be that much effect. :) Or I'm wrong?
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There's only one way to find out. I'm sure other people will weigh in who know more about oats that I do.
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I think it could be either. If you are experiencing cool mornings...it may just be that the horse feels really good (mine is like that). I have made the mistake of over feeding my horse those "hot" feeds...but when I was doing that, he acted crazy in the mornings and in the evenings . He nearly ran right over me several times because he was so "hot" and jumpy.
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Yep, I think its the season that is changing and cooler mornings. 1/2 lb of oats wouldn't do anything. I think you would need to be giving at least two lbs of oats to see any affect. Normally my dead broke horse who never shows any form of energy will give the rounds around the pasture each morning that is a bit brisky out (and hes not on anything in the higher energy food).
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Thanks, folks! That was my feeling too - the amount do look really small. And they don't do it at night (I give the same amount too). So may be just the fact of the morning and them being young. Lol!
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Are they stalled overnight?
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Are they stalled overnight?
No. They are out 24/7 (except the really bad weather).
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Sounds like morning excitement to me. Besides, the oats they get in the morning aren't going to hit their "energy system" that quickly -- I'm assuming this is within minutes.
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