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Great information on why we should feed oats. I always have despite many people treating them as though they are the worst supplement to feed. The web site is The Lightfoot Way. Go down the menu on the left to Horse Nurtition. Oats are the only thing that can help heal hind gut ulcers, that ulcer meds don't touch.
 

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I like oats, I prefer only whole oats with the hulls as it is healthier. But I still think I would go with a customized peleted feed that has added benifits such as vitamins, minerals and fat to balance out the horses nutrition with good quality grass and hay.
 
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Great information on why we should feed oats. I always have despite many people treating them as though they are the worst supplement to feed. The web site is The Lightfoot Way. Go down the menu on the left to Horse Nurtition. Oats are the only thing that can help heal hind gut ulcers, that ulcer meds don't touch.
Right from their website "Oats do increase blood sugar about 1 1/2-3 hours after being fed, so horses with Cushings disease or gastric ulcers should not be fed this grain."

It says they should not be fed to horses with ulcers, which is what I thought. I figured I'd go and read for myself tho.
 

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I'm with Rachel on this one. I'm very suspicious that feeding oats is all that healthy.

BTW, I can't feed oats/grain -> makes my horses extra-hyper.
 

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I have fed oats for years with no problems max 2lbs a feeding. Just found out my gelding has ulcers vet said to stop feeding him oats asap. They make the ulcers worse hes been colicky every day now for three days. And the colics happen after hes fed his oats so no they dont help gastric ulcers.
 

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We have always fed triple cleaned whole oats, with vit/mineral supp and flax. We have no problems, horses are not hyper, and no health issues atfter 20 years. We also would not hesitate to switch to a different feed for a horse that has metabolic problem or cushings because of the spike in sugar after feeding.
Each to their own when it comes to feed. If you are feeding something that works well and you are happy with, it doesnt really matter what others opinions are. :)
The debate would rage on and on about such.
 

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Firm believer in oats here.

I will post before and now pics of Duffy when I get home- some recent updated ones. She was fed on oats and barley throughout, no extras added. The weight gain was amazing, and she's a good doer on them, no fizziness etc.
 

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Rachael...hindgut ulcers are different than gastric ulcers. Hind Gut ulcers are in the colon while gastric are in the stomach which represents about 10 percent of the horses digestive system. There is some evidence to suggest gastric ulcers may be in some cases connected to hind gut ulcers which develop in the colon which is where the digestion converts fibre to energy.(via the good bacteria needed in digestion) I have also read research articles that suggest great results feeding whole oats to horses with hind gut problems. Horses produce more saliva when eating whole oats which also aides in digestion.
Just wanted to point that out.
 

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I like oats, I prefer only whole oats with the hulls as it is healthier. But I still think I would go with a customized peleted feed that has added benifits such as vitamins, minerals and fat to balance out the horses nutrition with good quality grass and hay.
I supplement my whole oats with Life Data Lab's Barn Bag for Performance Horses and it works wonderfully!
 

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One of the biggest problems with feeding oats is they are fed in a small container which allows the horse to bolt them down, more so it seems than the hard pellets. When I realized this, I stopped using the regular corner feeders and built large triangular wooden feeders with a lip all the way around. The front measured just over 40" long. This enabled me to scatter the oats/pellets over a much larger area so the horses nibbled their feed and couldn't bolt it. The larger the area, the better. Same with feeding hay, the more little piles well spaced in a field the more walking the horses do as they will often nibble a little then go check out another. When weather -deep snow, doesn't interfere I'll throw a bale on an atv and scatter the hay one flake at a time over about 5 acres.
 

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eat only bread for months and go run a marathon.

Same principal...starch starch starch. Of course some horses hold weight on it...its like eating pasta..bread etc 24/7....while other horses have higher metabolisms and nutritional needs.

Ulcers and high starch diets do not mix....ever.

I have performance horses...will never and never have fed oats. Equine athletes need much more than straight starch/potassium......
 
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