Originally Posted by ArabLover1999
Hey guys! Me again.
Someone had recently told me that oats and barley need to be - how to I put this - "freezered!?" (kept in a freezer) It that true or can I just keep it in a metal trash can?
Also someone else told me that oats make horses "hot" or "high strung" Is that true? My Paint, King has been acting excited but I think that's because I just moved him to a new barn.
I have always kept my feed in a garbage can with a lid in my barn.
Only 1-2lbs of oats turn my lazy, laid back mare into a fire breathing dragon.
Oats are very high (50%+) in NSC (starch+sugar). I HAVE fed them for extra calories, but I prefer other low NSC products such as alfalfa pellets or rice bran instead of oats. High NSC diets have been proven to have negative long term effects on horses and their digestive systems such as ulcers, hindgut acidosis, founder, laminitis, IR, obesity, excess energy, etc. Cereal grains (corn, oats, barley, etc) have been proven to be unhealthy for horses.