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#1 Kaiczaire

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Posted 25 September 2006 - 04:47 PM

Just looking for input on planting oats as a source of winter grazing in my horse pastures? We are starting to get some rains here in Central Texas and my Father-in-law is going to be planting oats for deer/cattle this weekend and asked me if I wanted him to plant part of my new horse pasture. I have never done this before and wasn't sure if it's a good idea or not...



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Posted 25 September 2006 - 05:08 PM

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Would he like to come plant my place? It sounds like a great way to supplement your forage, and oats in my opinion, would be a good choice. Lots of nutrients and some extra carbs for heat in winter. I currently feed a mix of Oat hay, Barley hay, Alfalfa, and Grass hay. This in the morning, and a couple flakes of alfalfa alone at nite. Seems to get everyone going thru the day, and since they don't eat as fast, it lasts longer during the day if I am not home early. The feed store calls it 4 way hay.

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Posted 25 September 2006 - 05:53 PM

Thanks Steve, I appreciate you responding!

Yes, my father-in-law is a great guy. We are about to move out to their family farm & I think he's excited about having a reason to be out there doing stuff on the tractor again!

I did talk to my vet about grazing the oats and he says it won't hurt them but that they won't get much nutrition out of it. More of a filler in his opinion. I know I've read about horse owners feeding hay like you described here on ABH and other forums...It's not very common around here so I'm just not familiar with it. Guess I'm gonna have to do some more research!

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Posted 25 September 2006 - 06:51 PM

Never planted oats but we use winter rye for over-winter grazing. Excellent stuff!
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Posted 25 September 2006 - 07:01 PM

I suppose it would depend when you let them graze it but onece the heads seed out there wouldnt be much nutrition I would think?
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Posted 26 September 2006 - 08:27 AM

I'm interested in what you find out on the oats - we're experimenting and live in the Dallas area. I got some brome hay from Kansas awhile back, and have found that it is reseeding itself anywhere it has hit the ground, and growing FAST! We've also seeded winter rye in the front pasture, in hopes of this weeks rain getting that going. If oats will work as a cool season grass, I'd plant that as well, just to see how it all grows.

There is something these guys like about growing stuff, my hubby has several little test patches, and has NEVER been interested in plants before. :)
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Posted 26 September 2006 - 02:43 PM

QUOTE(Desertwind @ Sep 26 2006, 08:27 AM) View Post



There is something these guys like about growing stuff, my hubby has several little test patches, and has NEVER been interested in plants before. :)



I think it's just an excuse to go and play on the tractor!

Thank you everyone for your input. I have used winter rye in the past on another farm and I've been leaning towards using Rye again. My father in law prefers oats but he's raised cattle and never horses which sometimes makes life fun because as great as he is with helping sometimes I have a hard time getting him to understand why certain things that are great for cattle aren't good for horses!

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Posted 26 September 2006 - 09:27 PM

[quote name='Kaiczaire' date='Sep 26 2006, 02:43 PM' post='209356']
I think it's just an excuse to go and play on the tractor!



Absoposilutly!!

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