We just switched to oat straw bedding from pine shavings and my horse is finding it quite tasty. As he has colicked in the winter previously, I am a bit concerned about this. Should I be? (I have a call into my vet also)
Just keep an eye on him. Oat straw, per se, will not hurt him but, like with anything else ingested in excess, he should be watched. Change to wheat straw, it is less appealing to horses. Oat straw is used around here as a low calorie time wasting feed, and green feed (oats cut and baled green) is common forage.
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In case anyone is interested, my vet said that if we can change the bedding we should since my horse has a predisposition to winter colic (from not drinking). We're going to change to wheat straw since it's available. Thanks sk_pacer for the info and advice.
I had to quit using straw altogether because my mare was gorging herself on it. She would literally eat an entire stall's worth and then just stand there, dull eyed, legs slightly straddled, head lowered. It was pitiful.