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Ask the Nutritionist: Dr. Getty's Forum for Equine Nutrition
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feeding ponies barley

Is it better to feed rolled barley or boiled barley?If it you think that boiled barley is better would you boil it for a long time or just put in boiling water and leave to cool?

Where are you from? Ireland

How did you locate this forum? Google

Re: feeding ponies barley

Hi Grainne,

Boiled barley is more digestible, and therefore less likely to end up in the hind gut, where it can be fermented, and possibly lead to laminitis. You can likely put it in boiling water and let it cool, as long as that is adequate time for the hulls to break open and some of the starch to cook.

Barley is not as safe as oats, but I know that it is used a lot in the UK. However, if you have access to oats, that would be a better grain choice.

All the best,

Dr. Getty