I tried Barn bag
I tried this feeding program that they suggest. I bought the oats and added it to their supplement. The oats, about two yrs. ago, ran about $11 a bag. The Barn Bag product is very pricey even though you only add a little, etc. I quit doing it because of the fact that I was not sure how much starch the oats had as compared to some of the other feed products on the market. I do think it could be a good feed program. However, since I like a low starch feed program and at the time did not have enough info on starch levels. I'd look into that if you were going to do it again.
As for the question about how much oats to give a hard keeper...start with a little (maybe half scoop) and slowly bump it up until you feel the horse has desired weight. My hard keeper actually did fine on 2 scoops Barn Bag a.m. & p.m. and about 4 lbs. of oats each feeding.
I do think Life Data Labs makes great products and if you call them, they will let you speak to the vets who developed this formula and they are extremely nice and helpful. They also have wonderful hoof products.
want to add this edit: Just came across this on another forum and I will paste it here regarding starch content -
Oats are 50% starch. Research shows starch to cause colic, founder, ulcers, tying up, diarrhea and other health problems. Out of other grains, oats are lower in starch and a "safer" feed for horses. Corn, wheat, and barley have 60% or higher in starch".
"Their popularity with owners and trainers, in many cases, seems to have more to do with habit, and lack of familirarity with other grains, than anything
Last edited by jdougert; 11-18-2008 at 07:35 AM.