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Old 06-08-2007, 09:48 AM  
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green oats

I've got a question maybe someone out here would know.
Would horses eat baled green (cut and baled before the oats reached maturity) oats as forage?
My husband thinks they would, I say no, they won't.
(To explain: we planted oats as a cover to give the pasture grass mix more of a chance to grow, the oats are not mature (planted mid April) and it's not been the best growing season weather wise but my husband wants to cut and bale them and thinks the horses will eat it anyway. I say no).
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Old 06-08-2007, 09:50 AM  
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Oat grass? Yep!
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Old 06-08-2007, 09:53 AM  
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ok, thanks Range, I'll relax about it then.
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Old 06-08-2007, 09:54 AM  
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we had a chance to buy oat hay, but we won't feed it - the horses have a tendency to choke on it if it is too dry...
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Really? Hmmm...

We don't get a lot baled around here. But, I like to feed whole oats and grow it as grass. The rabbits and the horses love it that way!
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Old 06-08-2007, 10:58 AM  
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I wish we could and felt comfortable about it - it would sure make hay hunting a lot easier this year...
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I would think that the stage of growth when it was cut would make a world of difference. Cut too late and it is basically oat straw.
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Old 06-08-2007, 02:12 PM  
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That is what this stuff is - very dry ... When we called him, he said he had 2500 bales of grass hay - until we got there... 2500 bales of dry cow hay, but not for horses...
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Once it reaches that point, besides being dry, the nutritional value is almost nil.
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Old 06-08-2007, 02:34 PM  
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Then what in heavens name is it good for..
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I think it is just roughage.
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Old 06-08-2007, 03:29 PM  
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In the type of droughts we've had recently...roughage is still better than no roughage. We never fed any straw, though. But, did get some of the worst grass hay I've ever seen!

All you can do, my dear OP, is to go look at the hay and see what you think. If you like the look, have the nutrition aspect of it tested.
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Then what in heavens name is it good for..
Fiber, for making nice big poop balls!
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Old 06-08-2007, 03:35 PM  
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You mean the ones I clean out of the pens daily
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I was going to put Sugar on Oat hay but decided against it after reading about it. I'll have to find the article and post it, but it scared me away from using it. It had something to do if it wasn't cut at the exact proper time it could cause the hay to be too high in Nitrites or Nitrates (can't remember) and could harm your horse. I didn't trust that person who cut this hay to do it exaclty right (timing, moisture and drying) so I told him to go ahead and grow his oats.
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Old 06-08-2007, 10:41 PM  
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Here it is (one of the the sites) but I have to find the other one with the affets of it

http://www.ca.uky.edu/agc/news/2000/Sep/oathay.htm
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Old 06-08-2007, 10:44 PM  
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well about it maybe being to dry for the horses I was always told that if your horses suffered from dry hay or anything that sprinkling water over it before they ate it would help in that department.
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