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

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Ask the Nutritionist: Dr. Getty's Forum for Equine Nutrition
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I have been searching to find out if barley would be comparable to oats when steamed and rolled? Does rolling the barley make it more digestible? Would they be comparable in nutrition?

Re: barley

Hi Kasey,

Barley is not as digestible as oats, but more digestible than corn. Rolling the grain does make it more digestible because it opens up the outer hull, making the "pulp" more accessible.

As with any grain, feed in moderation to horses that are healthy, of normal weight, not prone toward laminitis, and are exercised regularly and need the additional calories.

All the best,

Dr. Getty

Where are you from? Bayfield, CO