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post #41 of 45 Old 12-29-2012, 12:38 PM Thread Starter
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Today, I am going to find out exactly how much beet pulp and water I'm giving my horses....

I already know that my beet pulp expands in volume 8x when allowed to fully soak. I just weighed my "coffee can" of dry beet pulp - almost exactly 2 1/2 pounds (2 lbs, 8.4 oz). So we're just going to say it's 2.5 lbs. I've gotten a pretty good guess for how much water I need to add to let it soak all the way, and it takes about 3-4 hours to fully soak. So, in 3-4 hours, I'm going to drain any extra water off, fill my scoop, and weigh it. Then, with a little math, I should be able to determine how much water and how much beet pulp I'm actually feeding each day.

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So, just to get some of the math out of the way - I feed a scoop and a half of beet pulp each day, so that comes out to 3.75 lbs of beet pulp total.

I get 12 scoops of soaked beet pulp out of it (I'll count today just to make sure), so I'll multiply the weight of my one scoop of beet pulp by 12, subtract 3.75 from that, and I should have my total water weight.

And of course, divide by two assuming each horse eats about half ;)
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I just used a measuring cup to find out how much my "coffe can" holds, and the result is 6.5 cups. Since I'm feeding 1 1/2 scoops per day, that comes out to just under 2.5 quarts of beet pulp for two horses (or 1.25 quarts each). In weight, as I mentioned in my previous post, each horse is getting about How does this compare to what other people are feeding.

So... I feed my horses:
1.25 quarts/1.9 lbs of dry beet pulp each. For me, it's perfect, because they eat it all, I can afford it, and, most importantly, it fills their buckets perfectly. How does this compare to the amount everyone else feeds?
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post #44 of 45 Old 12-29-2012, 12:54 PM
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I soak senior feed and beet pulp for a nearly-toothless pony. Since she has less than 10 teeth (and no the Vet won't give us a discount when floating her teeth... we jokingly asked) she's extremely prone to choking.

All the horses where I board get soaked beet pulp but only the choke-prone pony has her grain soaked. If anyone else was prone to choking, I would soak their grain too. It's not hard to soak grain and much better than a choking horse + Vet bill!
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post #45 of 45 Old 12-29-2012, 04:19 PM Thread Starter
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Ok so beet pulp is now soaked, and one coffee can weighs 2.4 lbs. Assuming I have 12 cans like last time, that means I have 28.8 lbs of soaked beet pulp. Now, taking into consideration the original dry beet pulp weight, that means there's 3.5 lbs of beet pulp and 25.05 lbs of water! That's 3 gallons! Assuming that my horses are each eating about half, that means each is getting 1.5 gallons of water just from eating their beet pulp.
This site (How Much Drinking Water Does Your Horse Need? — Equine — Penn State Extension) says horses drink between 5-10 gallons of water per day, so I'd say I'm putting a pretty good dent in that from beet pulp alone!
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