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    12-25-2012, 05:24 PM
Green Broke
A little over 1 1/4 scoops (3 quart) dry beet is what it takes to feed our whole barn!
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    12-25-2012, 08:28 PM
Originally Posted by Pattilou    
Appropriate for the season !
You can liken it to pasta, a little in the pot, yields a lot out of the pot !

Technically, at least shredded beet pulp does not even need to be soaked, but I can not imagine that would be palatable. The amount of time soaked does not matter, as long as, it does not sit long enough to become rancid. Nor does it matter hot or cold water it will absorb it either way.
One of the main reasons I feed beet pulp is because it absorbs so much water and then they get the hydration from the beet pulp. So yes, I would need to soak it either way, and the more it soaks up, the more wear they're going to get in their system. Accordingly, it also matters that you soak it long enough to completely saturate the beet pulp. It will continue to absorb water until then, meaning if you soak it all the way before feeding, then you will be getting the most water possible into your horse's system. However, if you don't soak it all the way, it will actually absorb water from your horse, making him more dehydrated. I know some people who do this at endurance rides so that their horses will drink more because they're dehydrated and thirsty, but most vets and riders caution against that. I guess if it works and your horse stays hydrated and healthy, then do it.

It will absorb both warm or cold water, but warm water works a lot faster. Plus, it makes me feel good to give them warm food when it's cold like this and it's less likely to freeze before they finish it.
    12-25-2012, 08:35 PM
Update: Around 10 this morning, I put 2 1/2 scoops of beet pulp in my bucket, plus 2 scoops of Triple Crown Complete, then set it in my tub and filled the bucket full of water. I was thinking that this would be more than enough water, since that's how much I put in yesterday. WRONG. When I got home at 4, it'd soaked all that water up and expanded to be almost as much as yesterday's! Luckily, I still had all three buckets hanging up, so there was enough space for me to put the mixture out for them. I guess I'll cut the recipe to 1 1/2 scoops tomorrow. My "coffee can" is actually an old mineral thing I used to include in my nutrients called "Bone Builder". It says 2 1/2 lbs on the container, referring to the bone builder minerals, but I'm sure the beet pulp weighs less. I wish it gave a volume on the container! Any help here? Here's a pic of it:
    12-26-2012, 01:19 AM
Originally Posted by jillybean19    
One of the main reasons I feed beet pulp is because it absorbs so much water and then they get the hydration from the beet pulp.
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.

There are old horse tales that dry beet pulp will absorb in their stomach and make them explode false, but like any fiber it does draw water from the intestines and probably is not the greatest for good bowel function when its dry. If I lived in a cold climate I would use hot water , just for the comfort of the whole thing. But I live in a mild climate so its not an issue.

But no matter how its mixed or soak, beet pulp is a good thing
    12-26-2012, 01:39 AM
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.
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    12-26-2012, 01:44 AM
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Originally Posted by Speed Racer    
I use the shreds. No way am I going to soak beet pulp for hours.
Beet pulp pellets are half the price of shreds here, so we use the pellets. We use an extra heated bucket, throw the pellets/water in after AM feeding and they are ready for the PM feeding.

*If* you have a horse that is prone to choking, the pellets soak to a much finer consistency (as they are completely ground and then pressed into pellets).

I keep a bag of shreds on-hand for if a horse needs meds in the AM or someone is a tad thin and getting extra meals since I won't stand around waiting hours for those dang pellets to soak either! It's worth the heated bucket method though with 8 horses getting 2-3soaked qts each nightly.
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    12-26-2012, 09:59 PM
Green Broke
Figure the beet pulp will expand to about 4x the dry size. Roughly the same as minute rice swells.

I don't know about volume but you could fill the scoop, dump it in a baggie and throw it on a scale at the grocery store for a good weight.
    12-26-2012, 11:47 PM
I think I've definitely got more than 4x in expansion. That was about the amount I was hoping for. Today, though, I took pictures before and after...

This was the before, including 2 scoops of beet pulp and 1 scoop of Triple Crown. It was about 2 inches deep again.

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4 hours later:

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It was a little too watery today and I ended up pouring some water off. We're getting closer to the right amount of each! However, I think these beet pulp pellets are expanding well over 4x! I'll have to measure how many scoops I get out of it compared to what I put in when I do it tomorrow.
    12-27-2012, 12:17 AM
I think you got yourself some Genetically Modified beet pulp with super expanding powers . Wish hay expanded like that , and my wallet too
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    12-27-2012, 12:22 AM
Originally Posted by Pattilou    
I think you got yourself some Genetically Modified beet pulp with super expanding powers . Wish hay expanded like that , and my wallet too
Haha this is true, though I'm feeding enough of it (not on purpose), that they're not eating as much hay at the moment!

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