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Horses - Diet and Nutrition/no oats for horses returning from hard race


hello ma'am. i strongly believe that racehorses which return from a hard race or heavy exercise shouldn't be fed with oats that complete day since they would you suffering from mild ulcers. i would like to feed them with bran, chopped alfalfa hay and supplements. would you suggest me?

Hello Caine,

There are a number of different opinions on what and how much grain you should feed horses following race day.  Although post-race is the best time to feed non-structural carbohydrates that will replenish lost muscle and liver glycogen stores, heavy grain meals when dry matter intake is low can be digestively damaging. I would suggest you ensure unlimited access to quality forage, and moderate the feeding of grains and concentrates on an as-needed basis.

Thanks, Corlena  

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Corlena Patterson


I can help with any of your horse nutrition questions and concerns. I have been involved with horses for closing on 40 years, with a B.Sc in Animal Science and currently working on an M.Sc in Equine Science with the University of Edinburgh. I have owned my own feed store, consulted professionally as an equine nutritionist, and lectured in the fields of equine and dairy nutrition at the University level for 5 years. I have developed and currently market 'Ration-X', a ration formulation program for horses...designed for the everyday horse owner. I am happy to help in any way I can.


Experienced in developing and implementing feed programs for horses of all disciplines, creating custom horse supplements and managing inter-disciplinary equine facilities. Specialize in equine nutrition consulting.

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