Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: The land of Enchantment
I don't know about barley, but I have found oats to be one of the best grains to store w respect to shelf life so long as they are kept in an air tight container. I keep a separate container of oats for my daughter's rabbit which doesn't eat much, and it will keep for over a year.
Oats don't, IMO, tend to get a horse as hot as cob or other "3 ways". They should never be fed a lot of oats at one time or I imagine they would get pretty high.
There is just as much horse sense as ever, but the horses have most of it.