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  • Putting horses on oat grass pasture

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    06-04-2009, 12:10 PM

Hello, I have a mare and young foal that I would like to put out in a pasture that was sown with oats this spring. The oats are 6-8 inches high, would there be any problems with the horse eating them?
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    06-04-2009, 06:58 PM
Are you talking oat grass, or actual oats?

I think if you started them slowly on the pasture, it would be ok. Don't just throw them outside and let them eat and eat and eat. I think you'd end up with sick horses.

A lot of folks around my area feed oat hay in the early spring. I don't like it as it ferments and molds really fast because it's so green.
    06-04-2009, 09:26 PM

I think alot of it will depend on if it's oats or oat grass like 7Ponies said.. If it is actual oats I woulden't suggest it because it could lead to colic, if it's grass starting slowly to let their digestive system get use to it, I think it would be fine.

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