I'm feeding oat/alfalfa, about half and half. The alfalfa is very low in sugars so that way I offset the high sugars in the oathay. I'd love to feed just plain grasshay, but nowhere to be found here.
Oathay is actually a pretty good horse hay and mine like it. They leave the coarser stems usually, which I use for bedding.
Now, how good it is depends on when it was cut. Mine is closer to straw, the oats all fall out.
The nitrate problem I heard of but haven't found anything anywhere about it.
Maybe somebody here can help?
I'd suggest you start out slow with it, mixing a little with the old hay first then gradually go to the full ration. For keep weight on and to up the protein content, since oat hay is very low, you might mix it with alfalfa or give alfalfa pellets.
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