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post #1 of 23 Old 01-08-2013, 12:40 PM Thread Starter
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Horses got into oats

HI My Friend emailed me and told me her two horses got into the oats and ate ten pounds of them. She is wonderinging what to do. Is this serious?
And what should she do?
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post #2 of 23 Old 01-08-2013, 12:46 PM
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The last time someone posted this exact same situation, yes, it's very serious and if you don't get a vet out to check the horse out it could founder. (Or was it Colic?)

How much oats dos the horse get per day? Had it already had its oats? It kind of depends, I suppose.

I'm sure you'll get others to explain it better, but as a short answer, most likely yes. Call a vet to get a second opinion, though
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post #3 of 23 Old 01-08-2013, 12:46 PM
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Get the vet out. Today not tomorrow. Founder and or colic waiting to happen.
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post #4 of 23 Old 01-08-2013, 12:51 PM
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If they behave normally and they dont become lame, horses wont usually founder on oats. They will founder on corn and barely, but typically they will not founder on oats. Just keep an eye on them, and if any strange behavior appears, then get them checked out.

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Horses absolutely can founder from oats. By the time you see symptoms it is too late in terms of lessoning the blow. Might as well get the vet our during the day before it turns into an emergency call.
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post #6 of 23 Old 01-08-2013, 12:57 PM
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Horses can founder on too much of any type of foodstuff, oats included.

Not only can they founder, but all that food in their guts at one time can lead to big time impaction colic as well.

I'd have called the vet so fast it would have broken the sound barrier if they were mine.

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post #7 of 23 Old 01-08-2013, 12:59 PM
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A call to the Vet is free. Only costs $$$ if it's a problem and Vet says so and needs to come assist them.

I would ALWAYS call the Vet.
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post #8 of 23 Old 01-08-2013, 01:01 PM
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My mothers horse died from doing exactly that (breaking into the oats), so yes get the vet asap. My mother's horse developed chronic laminitis and could not be saved.
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post #9 of 23 Old 01-08-2013, 01:17 PM
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Call the vet dont play the wait and see game once signs of founder show up its too late. If my horses get into the feed room and eat ten or more pounds of feed i have the vet ASAP no waiting to see what happens.
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post #10 of 23 Old 01-08-2013, 01:52 PM Thread Starter
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But in summer my horse got into oats and ate quite a few pounds and all that happened was that he was extreemly 'hot' and he flew around the pasture a couple of times. He never got sick but he didnt eat ten pounds....
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