Cooking cereal grains before you feed them to your horse is very important. It improves how easy they are for your horse to digest and drastically reduces the chance of them causing negative effects in your horse’s hindgut.
So if you are cooking your own grains, how long should you cook them for? Are you ready for the answer, it is really very technical …
Cook grains until they are soft and squishy!
Just cook them with lots of water until they are easy to squash between your thumb and index finger. Once they are soft like this their digestibility will be very good.
Want to know why you should cook grains before you feed them? It is all here: https://feedxl.com/18-feed-cooked-grains/
P.S. Don’t just soak them until they are soft, this won’t improve digestion… you must use heat!
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