Originally Posted by Pattilou
The main reason I feed beet pulp is for the low carb calories, my horse loves it and it give me something to put his supplements in. I do not feed it for hydration, that is what his water bucket is for.
Yes, beet pulp is excellent for many reasons. :)
As for hydration - He needs it in the summer
because we do endurance. It's pretty much standard fare that everyone does beet pulp to help their horses stay hydrated on the long, taxing rides. The typical water consumption doesn't cut it, especially because horses sometimes don't drink because they don't realize they should be thirsty *yet*. They sweat differently than we do, so it doesn't trigger the same thirst in them that it does us. I do beet pulp daily to keep him used to it and hydrated for conditioning, and always keep it available at rides as well as a few buckets of water at all times.
In the winter
, the water is cold and often leads to horses not drinking as much, which is why horses are more prone to colic this year. They don't get enough liquid and start to compact, then colic when they're so compacted they block up. Not to mention when the water freezes over - I board, so I can't have them under my watchful eye as much as I'd like to. We do our best to make sure the water is available to them at all times, but it's comforting to know they've gotten quite a bit of water from another source that I know they're eating.