Clipped and Dressed Oats

Clipped and dressed for ease of consumption, also called racing oats. Botanical name: Avena Sativa



Clipped and Dressed Oats

Clipped and Dressed Oats, also called “racing oats” are a high fibre low energy grain. The grain is easy to chew and digest, maximises their effectiveness. Clipped Oats are often clipped alongside bruising. The ends of the grain are trimmed to give a neater final product. Bruising is when the husk of the oat is broken to allow access to the nutrients.

Oats are cost-effective, especially if you buy feed as a yard because they need no cooking, the production costs are low, making them much cheaper to buy than other cereals.


  • Oats are easily digested and very palatable. A good maintenance grain
  • Oats have the highest fibre content and lowest energy of all the grains, making them the safest to feed as the starch is digested in the small intestine
  • Clipped and dressed for ease of consumption
  • We believe the best way to receive the vital nutrients and energy needed is through a natural product. Minimal processing ensures our ingredients keep their natural goodness
  • We source the best natural ingredients from farmers in Western Australia

Nutritional Analysis

Digestible Energy (MJ/kg) 11.39
Crude Protein (%) 9.4
Calcium (%) 0.01
Fibre (%) 11.6

Oats is the traditional and still the most popular, grain fed to horses as a starch based energy source. Oats is a safe grain to feed because of its high fibre content in the outer hull, which dilutes the starch content. This helps to reduce the risk of digestive upset and laminitis if excess is fed relative to needs. Rolling oats does not significantly improve the digestibility of starch in the small intestine.

Feeding even a small amount of oats has been associated with an increased risk of tying up and nervy, hyperactive behaviour in some horses. It is starch that causes the “heating” effect, as it is broken down rapidly into glycogen and then glucose. These sugars are absorbed very quickly, giving the horse a rush of energy.

While most horses are not affected, a few react by becoming excitable. This is as likely, if not more so, to occur with maize and barley (which are both higher in energy) as it is with oats.

A disadvantage with oats is that they have the lowest digestible energy concentration of any cereal grain, even though they are well digested in the small intestine. This increases the bulk that must be fed for energy in hard working horses. Small framed horses or those that go of their feed when worked hard may not be able to consume enough oats to meet their needs.

Rolled oats is better for horses which have aged or poor teeth.

For more Oat products

Reference – A Guide to feeding Horses in Australia.


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