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Postby M-E » Sun Feb 12, 2017 9:39 pm

I was down at the mares place today and noticed something that I was told about unrolled oats as they go in is as they come out

her evening bucket of feed

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A pile of poop


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Seems a bit of waste of money to me :hmmm:
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Re: Oats

Postby Trudi » Sun Feb 12, 2017 9:50 pm

At best a bit of roughage.
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Re: Oats

Postby Chevalblanc » Mon Feb 13, 2017 10:18 am

Horses can only digest starchy grains in the foregut (small intestine), but food passes pretty quickly through there compared to how long it stays in the hindgut, so not all of it will be absorbed. The rest goes straight into the hindgut and passes on through. Trouble is too much starch in there can have an adverse effect on the gut bacteria.... :?
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Re: Oats

Postby FlorayG » Mon Feb 13, 2017 10:22 am

You have to sprout whole oats otherwise most of them will go straight through. I never feed crushed oats as they go rancid in a few days in the summer but I sprout my whole oats. Just soak them overnight in cold water then drain, rinse and leave in an airy place for another 24 hours (make sure they don't dry out, I put them in a shallow bucket with a cloth over). Rinse again and feed. You have to work a couple of days ahead but it works and the horses prefer them as well
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Re: Oats

Postby M-E » Mon Feb 13, 2017 11:08 am

To think that is all she used to live on too at least she has a bit of hay, I don't thin the owner will ever change :roll:
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