Pros and Cons of Feeding Whole Oats to Horses [2022] – Silver Lining Herbs

Pros and Cons of Feeding Whole Oats to Horses [2022]

If you have ever spoken to Mickey, Josi, or Chance you may have heard them recommend whole oats for your horse. Why do we make this suggestion?

Cons of Whole Oats

Whole oats have gotten a bad reputation for a couple of reasons, one being that they are said to make horses “hot” and the other is that they don’t digest very well, they go right through them. On the subject of making a horse “hot”, it is all about moderation. Most horses do not need a gallon of oats, a quart or two will suffice.

As for horses not digesting oats, that is a farce as well. The ratio of oats going into the horse compared to out of the horse is far less.

Pros of Whole Oats

Besides, those few oats that come out whole in the manure did a great service for that horse. They just tossed and turned throughout that entire digestive tract cleaning up and breaking away debris.

This is beneficial as it helps clear the way so better absorption of other nutrients can take place.

What Other Benefits do oats have?

Whole oats help break down the sharp points on horses’ teeth. They also massage the esophagus, oxygenate the blood, strengthen tendons and ligaments, and they are high in silica and fiber.

So if you are not already giving your horse oats, consider it because it is a wholesome grain that comes with many benefits for your horse.

12 thoughts on “Pros and Cons of Feeding Whole Oats to Horses [2022]

  1. How any pounds of oats should be fed per 1000lb horse? And just whole oats? Should oil be added to them? And what of your products do you suggest to add to them. I currently just run my horses on a round bale of Bermuda hay and give 5lbs of ADM patriot senior a day. They are rope horses but anymore its more of a hobby. Im just curious if going the oat way with supplements would be beneficial and roughly the same cost if not cheaper.

    1. We believe in giving as much oats as is needed. The more energy needed, the more oats should be given. Most horses, including rope horses really do not need that much oats. Start out with 1# per day, and adjust from there.

      We do suggest adding our herbal blends and our Hemp Seed Coconut Oil to fulfill the individuals other needs. If you need help knowing which blend would be best for your horse, give us a call at 866-543-6956 and we will be happy to make sure your horse gets the right product for the right issue.

  2. I’m looking for a good supplement to benefit hooves. Most seem to need to be mixed with something else to make it palatable. I was thinking oats but am concerned about sugars and weight gain. My gelding is an EXTREMELY easy keeper. Any advice would be appreciated.

    1. When we suggest oats, we aren’t suggesting a lot. Typically, just a quart or two. Some horses shouldn’t get oats, like IR horses. For these choose a low starch feed or hay pellets.

  3. We can’t get oats here? Do you have something in Silver Lining that would be good to use to keep my horses stomach health?

    1. Most local feed stores will carry whole oats. As for something to help the stomach, consider 29 LCR!
      #29 LCR may be beneficial in:

      Helping maintain proper gut pH
      General discomfort, especially lying down abnormally often
      Promoting normal, healthy gut sounds
      Not working up to potential, poor behavior
      Supporting a normal digestive system
      Soft manure
      Helping maintain normal disposition

  4. Whole oats were the predominant part of our feeding horses for years, I’m so glad you reported this because people now a days don’t know this!!

  5. I was taught by a man that created his own supplement line to only feed whole oats. He went through the science of it and showed that on the glycemic index scale they are really low. He also said whole only not crimped because crimped oats get treated with a pesticide while being transported. Once the hull is cracked open it is vulnerable to bugs. The other benefit of feeding whole oats is that the birds pick through the manure to get the ones that passed through and in the process break down the fresh piles, reducing flies.

  6. I live in Arizona and my horses have started rubbing everything. (very itchy) I wash the salt off of them and brush them regularly. Is there a supplement that can help? I am already giving them your hemp oil, immune, bright eyes, your hoof product and I just bought the wormer. Am I missing anything?

    1. This is often due to liver “congestion.” Consider using 27 Liver Support to support normal liver function.

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