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

Which type of oats are best? There are so many (steamed, crimped, whole, rolled, etc). What are the main differences between them all?

Where are you from? Florida

How did you locate this forum? Long time visiter

Re: Oats

Hi Sue,

Oats are best fed where the outer hull is broken. So, this can be accomplished with crimped or rolled oats. Whole oats are the least digestible since the outer hull is intact. Steamed oats are "pre-cooked" and do offer slightly more digestibility. However, several vitamins are destroyed during the steaming process.

The goal when feeding oats is to have them digested early on in the digestive tract (small intestine). If they reach the hind gut, the bacterial flora that reside there can ferment the starch into lactic acid, leading to the digestive problems, as well as increase the risk of laminitis.

So, if you see whole kernels of oats in the manure, it is an indication that they are not properly digested or you are feeding too much.

All the best,

Dr. Getty

Where are you from? Bayfield, Colorado