To Oat or not to Oat

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

To Oat or not to Oat

This is a discussion on To Oat or not to Oat within the Horse Health forums, part of the Keeping and Caring for Horses category

LinkBack Thread Tools
    05-27-2009, 02:32 AM
To Oat or not to Oat

Living in the UK I grew up on the belief that oats made a horse ' nuts'
In 1994 I moved to Germany for 18 months and the yard there fed Oats to everything ( including a european champion ) with no effect at all , our TB started to eat oats there and nothing changed in her manners at all but there was a real change in her condition , her coat bloomed and a growth line appeared in her hooves ( prior to the oats she had poor feet )

I now feed oats to all my neds ( mini to 16h sportshorse ) and none of them have any manners issues but they all have good condition . ( my sportshorse is uncontrolable if fed sugarbeet ) and my vet says that all you really need to feed is grass, hay , alfalfa and oats.

Just like to start a thread on other peoples experiances with oats.
Sponsored Links
    05-27-2009, 02:49 AM
Oats don't make horses hot or nuts... Oats give energy. Lots of it. If that energy is being channelled, then there is no problem, and they are very beneficial.

If, however, the enegry is NOT being channelled, or not enough is being channelled, is when you run into problems. The horse has more energy than he knows what to do with, and may become 'nuts', lol, or hper-active may be a better way to put it.

If you have the knowledge and feed oats correctly, I don't see a problem.
    05-27-2009, 03:19 AM
I had a horse with oat allergies (among many other allergies - blood test confirmed) so I looked around for alternative feeds.

I ended up putting her on Ultium from Purina (which did have oat hulls), dac Oil, AND dac Bloom. I did both dac products together to boost her omega 3 intake. She did very well on this protocol. I now feed feeds that are low to no oats and little to no corn (mine act like idiots on corn). I look for feeds that contain Soybeans, beet pulp, rice bran, flax seed, vitamin pack, and probiotics. The Tryptophan in Ultium is a nice bonus.

dac Bloom Weight Gain, Muscle Tone, and Growth
dac Oil Fatty Acid Supplement 7.5 lb - Omega Horse Solutions
Ultium Specifications
    05-27-2009, 11:24 PM
Green Broke
I feed oats when riding, but only when we're working regularly and they start to lose condition. I do notice a difference with my horses' behavior when feeding oats, so I won't feed them oats when I don't have to.

My horses are in very good condition with or without oats. I feed bermuda grass hay, alfalfa pellets, flax, and a vitamin supplement. Their feet are hard and grow well, their coats are shiney even when dirty, and they have great muscle tone. I don't feed any horse feed or grain, and they've never been healthier!

Quick Reply
Please help keep the Horse Forum enjoyable by reporting rude posts.

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 12:14 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0