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    12-08-2010, 12:09 AM
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I soak my pellets about a half hour and they are mush... shreds in hot water soaked in about same amount of time :)
     
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    12-08-2010, 07:37 AM
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Originally Posted by Rachel1786    
Thank you for the info, but my gelding is missing all but 4 of his bottom molars so he needs his food well soaked, how long should I soak the pellets for vs the shredded? Thanks again!

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Originally Posted by Alwaysbehind    

If you are the soaking type, pellets do take longer than shreds. But no where near 24 hours.

When I have forgotten to soak ahead of time I put hot water in them and while I am cleaning two stalls and getting hay together they have soaked up quite nicely.

Normally I simply put water in the meal before and they soak the 12 hours until the next meal.
     
    12-08-2010, 07:39 AM
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It's also been my understanding that soaking feed for 24 hours introduces too much bacteria to the mush.
     
    12-08-2010, 09:01 PM
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Green Broke
Beet pulp pellets should be soaked 2-3 hours, longer if it's really cold, shorter if you use warm or hot water. Shreds can soak 20-45 minutes.

Soaking more than 4 hours in warm weather can cause the beet pulp to go rancid.
     
    12-09-2010, 05:51 PM
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Thanks for all your help guys! I think I will buy the beet pulp and just keep it in the office at work and soak it in hot water and then bring it back to the horses, then they will get a nice warm meal also, i'll probably to the same with the alfalfa pellets...now one last question, how much alfalf and beet pulp should I give them if they get a full grain ration and 1 bale of hay a day(3 horses a donkey and goat all share the hay sometimes if they eat it all we will give them a bit more) the one that will get it is an 800lb 14.2hh arab/quarter who is in his mid 30's and the other is a 1000lb OTTB mare who is only 13
     
    12-09-2010, 08:30 PM
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The older one I would give at least 2lbs of beet pulp and about 4lbs of alfalfa pellets DRY weight

The younger one about 1lb of beet pulp and 2lbs of alfalfa if he is harder keeper
     

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