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        03-27-2013, 08:41 AM
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    Thanks everyone. Lots to consider here:)

    When I say he's in show condition, I guess I mean fitness wise. He is exceptionally fit, I've been riding him solid for seven months now. So he's got to the point where someone would say he's lean and mean;)

    Yes I was taking exception to the volume of feed, I don't like feeding a great big bulky feed all at once!

    I may be adding oats I think. The new barn BO will more than likely hive him a scoop in the morning for me if I ask (I hate to bother people) I guess I'll take some baking with me to the barn today;)

    Also, in NZ when I worked as a hunting groom we would give the horses soaked(boiled) barley. I know barley doesn't doesn't go through the same hind gut process as oats, it doesn't fizz I guess. Is barley also an option here?
         
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        03-27-2013, 04:45 PM
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    I know barley doesn't doesn't go through the same hind gut process as oats, it doesn't fizz I guess. Is barley also an option here?
    As far as I remember(not looking it up to be sure right now), barley is higher NSC than oats & also less digestible - I'd stick with oats if you feel grain is absolutely necessary.
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        03-27-2013, 04:54 PM
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    Barley is higher in starch than oats, and therefore you need to watch the amount you feed at a time - too much starch can't be digested in the foregut, and can lead to acidosis of the hind gut. Barley is considered a more fattening feed than oats, but watch your starch %. I'd personally always stick with oats.

    Also, interesting notes, it is far more common to have a barley allergy than an other cereal allergy. Be aware of how tolerant your horse is to barley before whacking any amount in his feed.
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        03-27-2013, 05:14 PM
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    As far as I remember(not looking it up to be sure right now), barley is higher NSC than oats & also less digestible - I'd stick with oats if you feel grain is absolutely necessary.
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    Barley is higher in starch than oats, and therefore you need to watch the amount you feed at a time - too much starch can't be digested in the foregut, and can lead to acidosis of the hind gut. Barley is considered a more fattening feed than oats, but watch your starch %. I'd personally always stick with oats.

    Also, interesting notes, it is far more common to have a barley allergy than an other cereal allergy. Be aware of how tolerant your horse is to barley before whacking any amount in his feed.
    Thank you! Wow you wouldn't think I took equine nutrition classes at Uni would ya!!!! It's like your all triggering the forgotten hole of knowledge!!!! Thanks!
    Appreciate the info
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        03-27-2013, 05:26 PM
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    Thank you! Wow you wouldn't think I took equine nutrition classes at Uni would ya!!!! It's like your all triggering the forgotten hole of knowledge!!!! Thanks!
    Appreciate the info
    Haha, I only remember because I've been going through all my old notes - we've got a really skinny TB come in at work which we're trying to put weight on, have been re-reading my old nutrition notes on the weight gain process from start to finish... so it's all fresh! :P
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