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    04-26-2012, 10:38 AM
Oat Hay?

I am searching for hay to feed my horses and it seems like about all I can find around here is oat hay. I have never heard of feeding oat hay to horses. Is it good for them? Will it cause issues (make them hot)? What do you guys know about it?
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    04-26-2012, 02:12 PM
Oat hay or oat straw? Oat straw is useless as a feed. We used to overseed our hayfields with oats and cut the hay just before the oats headed out. It was very high protein, but didn't cause any problems.
    04-26-2012, 02:37 PM
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I have fed oat hay-I like 'volunteer" the best-that means non-irrigated where I used to live. At that time I had mares, a stallion & foals & everyone did great-although if you get it-know that the poop will be brown & not green-LOL! I used to buy a couple of hundred bales at a time & stack it-what a feeling of security that was. No, the horses didn't get "hot".
    04-26-2012, 02:57 PM
Originally Posted by dee    
Oat hay or oat straw? Oat straw is useless as a feed. We used to overseed our hayfields with oats and cut the hay just before the oats headed out. It was very high protein, but didn't cause any problems.
A veterinarian at the University of Illinois who told me that his father's show Shires wintered on just oat straw would disagree. It is very safe, and low protein. For horses with low metabolism and for horses bedded in it that nibble on it, it is good fodder and makes a good supplement that doesn't make them hot.
I have used it as bedding and I can see the oats in it.
    04-26-2012, 07:28 PM
I feed my horses an rye/oat hay mix and straight oat hay when the rye mix isn't available and I have a TB and Arab both hot breeds of horses and it doesn't make them hot at all I don't have any problems with it. I like it a lot and so do my horses.
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    04-28-2012, 06:38 PM
Thank you so much for responding. I think I will be buying oat hay. At least until I can get the orchard grass hay I was buying previously.
    04-28-2012, 11:12 PM
Oat hay is a type of grass hay, and really it is just grain oats+the stems that they were on before they were removed. It is a very nice sort of hay, and is quite a bit like Alfalfa hay except it is more nutritionally balanced and it is grass hay- not legume hay.
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    04-29-2012, 07:10 PM
I have always heard that cereal hays (hay made from cereal grains), are higher in sugar than other hays.

But I have fed both beardless wheat and rye hay before and never had any problems with it.
    05-02-2012, 02:37 PM
I am currently feeding a hay that is 90% oat hay and 10% bermuda. It has alot of oats in it as well I was worried about feeding it but from what I have read here looks like its not that bad I guess.
    03-16-2014, 10:57 AM
Oat Hay, (Not Straw...) Can be a great way to maintain horses and especially senior horses. The reason it does make horses hot is because the protein content is usually much lower than other forms of grasses. When and how it is harvested is very important! The biggest safety factor is nitrate content. If you plan on using oat hay exclusively, it is imperative that you have a batch sampling. Max Nitrate safely for horses is 0.5 %

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