Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Cariboo, British Columbia
Well this is what Ohio State University says about Oats & molasses.
Oats had been considered the No. 1 grain for horses for many years. The characteristics that earned oats this title are its bulkiness, thereby making oats less likely to cause digestive problems, and its higher protein content compared to corn. Although the oat is about 12—13% protein, the quality of the protein is not excellent, and one should not be feeding oats alone to meet protein needs for growing animals.
Oats may be fed whole, rolled, or crimped. Today, the cost of rolling and crimping is not worth the extra nutritional value derived from doing so. If you are buying crimped oats, be sure that the seed coat is only slightly broken. If the oat is completely crushed, most of the nutrients may be lost and you will not get your money’s worth.
Molasses has been fed to horses to increase palatability and to decrease dustiness of feeds. The palatability factor is questionable, since horses learn to eat what they are trained to eat. If a horse is used to eating feeds with molasses, it will often refuse other feeds. And a horse that has never eaten feeds with molasses will tend to refuse feeds with molasses. The major use of molasses is to bind fine particles to the grains so that a mixed feed containing all the needed minerals, vitamins, protein, and supplements can be fed without the fine particles settling out. Dry molasses is of no use since it only adds to the amount of fines. Molasses is an energy source, but its cost makes it a poor economic choice as an energy source for horses.