Can I feed my horse only oats?
No horse feed is more traditional than oats. Most horses eat oats easily and are more reliable than other grains with a relatively low starch content. However, oats do not adequately contain lysine, an amino acid critical for development in young horses. Its mineral profile is rich in phosphorus; This threatens the health of young horses because horses need calcium and must have a balanced ratio of calcium to phosphorus for correct skeletal maturation.
Lactating horses need large amounts of calcium and many vitamins and minerals in milk production. Fortified feeds produced for these purposes are formulated to provide a complete nutritional profile for horses, making it a better choice for most horses than using grains alone. However, it is important to carefully examine the ready-to-use feeds.
"Ready-to-eat food may not always be the right choice for your horse!"