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My horse just loves plain and simple oats after a long ride and as a little treat. I was just wondering if there were any other good ways of preparing them for her though rather than just plain (just to see if she likes them any other way).

Eg. Can you add water to them, and what would it do if you did?
 

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I've never fed oats but maybe you could add some molasses to them.
 

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My horse gets straight, whole oats as a daily meal. I wet them with water (less dust) and add a variety of supplements (these get changed every few months) - linseed oil, brewers and/or active yeast, apple cider vinegar (never at the same time with yeast, as vinegar makes it ineffective), turmeric, cinnamon, ginger, seaweed, different hand-picked herbs... He loves that, there's no added sugar (as in molasses), and, if I want to give him a special treat, I add a carrot, an apple, a banana or some kind of vegetable (beetroots, kohlrabi, and such).
 
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My horse gets straight, whole oats as a daily meal. I wet them with water (less dust) and add a variety of supplements (these get changed every few months) - linseed oil, brewers and/or active yeast, apple cider vinegar (never at the same time with yeast, as vinegar makes it ineffective), turmeric, cinnamon, ginger, seaweed, different hand-picked herbs... He loves that, there's no added sugar (as in molasses), and, if I want to give him a special treat, I add a carrot, an apple, a banana or some kind of vegetable (beetroots, kohlrabi, and such).
Oh thats a good idea! Thanks!
 

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My horse gets oats everyday. With the oats we mix water and different stuff with it. Sometimes we mix finely shredded orange peel, or chopped up beet pulp with molasses. Also if you want them moist with something besides water, you can mix applesauce with them, but not too much that it becomes mush.:)
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Barrelrace, your horse loves them plain. If you can, spread them over as large an area as possible so he nibbles them. My vet advised to never feed citrus peel to any animal. To remove dust I'll fill a pail and hold it over another pail and slowly pour. The breezes remove the fine chaff and dust.
 

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When we have a reliable source for oats, we actually boil our whole oats. Have a large propane cooker that we keep (in a safe spot) and a pot that is just for oats. Have done smaller batches in the house, but the outside cooker works better when I'm feed 5 - 10 head. Boiled about 30 minutes, then let cool, mix with their beet pulp & alfalfa pellets and let sit before serving.
 

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The shell of the whole oat is so cleverly designed by nature that unless you have a horse that chews slowly and effectively a lot of them will come out the other end undigested and will have been no more than fibre
Crimping/crushing etc to break the shell increases the digestibility
Boiling oats increases it even further and reduces the 'heating' effect that oats have on some horses and is good for weight gain
In the UK the majority of oats, corn, barley etc (also peas & beans) are sold micronized - a very efficient and nourishing way to feed grains
 

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When we have a reliable source for oats, we actually boil our whole oats. Have a large propane cooker that we keep (in a safe spot) and a pot that is just for oats. Have done smaller batches in the house, but the outside cooker works better when I'm feed 5 - 10 head. Boiled about 30 minutes, then let cool, mix with their beet pulp & alfalfa pellets and let sit before serving.
I might have to try that! Thanks very much everyone!

Another quick random question:

I LOVE oatmeal, has anyone ever tried feeding just plain old oatmeal to their horse or if its ok for them?
 

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I'd think it could cause choke as it makes quite a sticky consistency when it gets wet especially with saliva - certainly likely to stick to their teeth
 
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