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post #1 of 7 Old 08-17-2013, 09:39 PM Thread Starter
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Are rolled oats safe?

I found a treat recipe online and it calls for carrots, apples, molasses, and rolled oats. Does it sound safe?
I want to bring home baked treats for the horses tomorrow.
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post #2 of 7 Old 08-20-2013, 06:58 PM
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Sounds fine to me four ingredients, no added colors or preservatives. I don't feed oats, but as a treat I think they are fine. It won't hurt them.
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I've made treats very similar to the ones you're considering. I decided to substitute steel-cut oats instead of rolled oats and Aires LOVED them.
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post #4 of 7 Old 08-20-2013, 07:02 PM
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I made treats that had similar ingredients last Christmas and the horses loved them. I even ate one to see how it tasted :)

Rolled oats won't hurt a horse, I feed rolled oats to my mare (horse feed grade, not like human oatmeal) everyday.
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post #5 of 7 Old 08-20-2013, 07:24 PM Thread Starter
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I made them, they were a huge hit! Even our resident treat snubbing mare, Plum, enjoyed them.
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Rolled oats are found in regular horse feed..they aren't going to hurt. At the first barn I eve boarded at (over 30 years ago, the barn manager made up his own feed of whole oats, rolled oats, bran and just enough molasses to cut the dust..he added corn in the wintertime. He had six horses on property over the age of 20 which at that time was nearly unheard of.
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post #7 of 7 Old 08-22-2013, 10:29 AM
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Agree with others, that as far as cereal goes, oats are a good choice for horses. As for 'are they safe', IME regularly dealing with IR/EMS horses, I have to say it depends. A mix of apples, oats & molasses is a big sugar hit & depends how sensitive the horse & how much you're intending to give as to potential issues from it. I prefer to stick to healthier treats myself & remember they don't care if you bake it or pack it with sugar - healthy or unhealthy treats are appreciated just the same.
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