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Old 12-17-2009, 12:45 PM  
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Question Have you fed Alfalfa oat hay to your horses?

I just got lined up for the winter with alfalfa oat hay very good hay keeps them full and nice during the cold winter.
But I was wondering if any of you fed it because a few of my horse's have loose stool with it.

They are still eating it and drinking normal but don't have very formed stools. I was wondering if any of you had this problem and if it pass's or to feed them in a feeder so they don't try to get the oats out of the mud or any advice. I have never tried this hay before but really like it. And so do they.
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Old 12-17-2009, 02:26 PM  
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Do you mean alfalfa hay mixed with oat straw in one bale?
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Old 12-17-2009, 03:06 PM  
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I think she means alfalfa with the oat hay mixed in.. it is cut and baled with the heads of oat still on and while the plant is still green.. kind of like grass hay.. Oat straw is a by product of an oat crop that is cut and baled after it is dried out standing and the oats heads are removed ..

My experience with oat hay rather straight or mixed is loose stools.. It's really not a very good horse hay. meant more for cows.. It is high in fiber and not a lot of nutrional value except for the oat heads..

ranchers in my area will feed oat hay to thier cows during the winter to help the animals keep warm..
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Old 12-17-2009, 03:41 PM  
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Sometimes horses that are not use to getting Alfalfa will have loose stools for a few days too.

It should pass. However, keep an eye on them nd make sure they are drinking plenty of water. If you can put some Electrolyes in the water just in case...
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Old 12-17-2009, 03:41 PM  
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I'm confused on how you can grow oat and alfalfa in the same field?

We feed oat hay to our horses, usually in the morning and alfalfa at night, when they are not on pasture.
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Old 12-18-2009, 10:02 AM  
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Oh.... The fields I've seen the alfalfa is irrigated and the oats aren't. I would love to find an oat/alfalfa hay as you've described with just a bit of alfalfa. I like oat hay, we've got a batch now that is wonderful and full of oats. We have cows and horses, our horses are hardy and are not picky.
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Old 12-19-2009, 07:34 PM  
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The guy I get it from; all his clients are for horses, It is what you are describing with the green oat heads and a little bit of alfalfa and also some grass to, The horses love it and we just had below zero last week and they stayed warm and even left some and went to sleep as they do now. We feed them twice a day with free choice water and salt and mineral blocks so they don't just chow down all the time on it. And they are putting on weight with it as I was feeding Bluegrass and it was not working to keep them trim and full, So I went to this hay.
But they have been on this hay for about a month and just started showing loose stools. So is that still normal>?
Is there a grocery brand of electro's that I can get? What about a cheaper brand of the Sand Clear I read on here, Metamucil I think; how does that work? Would that help?
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I think she means alfalfa with the oat hay mixed in.. it is cut and baled with the heads of oat still on and while the plant is still green.. kind of like grass hay.. Oat straw is a by product of an oat crop that is cut and baled after it is dried out standing and the oats heads are removed ..

My experience with oat hay rather straight or mixed is loose stools.. It's really not a very good horse hay. meant more for cows.. It is high in fiber and not a lot of nutrional value except for the oat heads..

ranchers in my area will feed oat hay to thier cows during the winter to help the animals keep warm..
Ahh thanks I think they call that "green feed" around my area and if not baled right, it ferments or keeps working and becomes useless for feed.
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