Should crimped oats be soaked before feeding?

Horses January 05, 2010 Print Friendly and PDF
The only reason to soak oats would be to decrease the sugar or starch content of the grain. Soaking about 30 to 60 minutes will leach out the soluble carbohydrates in the grain; however, you must drain off the sugar-containing water before feeding. If you are not concerned about what little sugar or starch may be in the grain, there is no other reason to soak oats.