Beet Pulp - The Horse Forum
  • 2 Post By SaddleStrings
  • 1 Post By mammakatja
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 6 Old 10-02-2012, 09:47 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Feb 2011
Posts: 1,143
• Horses: 3
Beet Pulp

38 year old mare, just trying to keep her at a healthy weight considering he can't eat a lot of grass (no top teeth!). Her owner just bought a big sack of beet pulp with molasses and wants to know how much to add to her senior feed.

Can you guys educate me a bit about beet pulp and include your opinions / experience? Are there alternatives, is it beneficial to an older horse, etc? Also, how long do you soak it, and what is the water-to-pulp ratio?

Anything else you recommend for giving her added nutrients? I'll have to get a good look at the senior feed, but it appears to be a sweet feed mix.

Equilove is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 6 Old 10-02-2012, 10:04 PM
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Utah
Posts: 706
• Horses: 2
This video is very informative, helped me with my questions on beet pulp.

Equilove and cedarane like this.
SaddleStrings is offline  
post #3 of 6 Old 10-02-2012, 10:10 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Feb 2011
Posts: 1,143
• Horses: 3
Originally Posted by SaddleStrings View Post
This video is very informative, helped me with my questions on beet pulp.

Feeding Your Horse Beet Pulp: How and Why - YouTube
Thanks! That's great. Sending that to the owner now! :)

Equilove is offline  
post #4 of 6 Old 10-03-2012, 09:41 AM
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: I was born in Germany, raised in Texas.
Posts: 824
• Horses: 5
I started feeding beet pulp to my now 30 year old Tennessee Walker about a year and a half ago and highly recommend it as an affordable way to keep weight on your senior. The amount you feed depends on whether you're using beet pulp shreds or beet pulp pellets. If you have the time to soak them, like at least 2 hours to over night, pellets are definitely more affordable and you get more weight per bag. The shreds take much less time to soak (15-20 minutes) but you'll go through a bag much faster. I try to have a bag of each on hand. I use the pellets when I'm home and on a regular feeding schedule. The shreds are my back up if I either forgot to soak pellets in time or if I've been gone all day. As far as per feeding, I measure out one small coffee can, like the 1 lb can not the big 3 lb. Folgers can from the video of pellets per feeding which weighs a little over 1.5 lbs dry. I then add about 2 of the same cans in water. If I'm using shreds, about 2 of the 1lb. coffee cans of shreds equal the same as one can of pellets. And then for shreds I add water till the water line is just above the shreds. I just eye ball the water now but that's always a good rule of thumb to go by when you're starting out. And then I add his regular senior amount to that bucket of soaked beet pulp at feeding time. It'll look like a lot after it's been soaked but beet pulp is considered a forage like hay and you can't over feed it like grain. It is an excellent way to keep them warm in the winter and like she said in the video, when hay prices were crazy last year for us in Texas, I cut back on hay and put all of my horses on beet pulp. They all remained fat and happy. And our senior, who doesn't eat any hay at all anymore, looks better than ever.
Boo Walker likes this.
mammakatja is offline  
post #5 of 6 Old 10-03-2012, 10:05 AM
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Colorado
Posts: 807
• Horses: 2
thanks for the info mammakatja - with hay prices crazy again, I'll be soaking beet pulp pellets for sure!
Boo Walker is offline  
post #6 of 6 Old 10-03-2012, 10:17 AM
Green Broke
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Alberta, Canada
Posts: 2,964
• Horses: 3
We've been using it for years, especially on the hard keeping ottbs. We will also give a handful to the easy keepers; they think they are getting a bucket of feed, but really its just a handful of soaked beet pulp.

I love it, and highly recomend it. Far cheaper than the other opptions.
BlueSpark is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
beet pulp pennycandie Horse Nutrition 21 11-26-2011 06:46 PM
Do you Beet Pulp? clipclops Horse Talk 1 01-10-2010 07:18 PM
beet pulp bloodhoundmom28 Horse Health 27 08-05-2009 08:51 AM
How much Beet Pulp minihorse927 Horse Health 13 12-15-2008 10:07 PM
Sugar Beet/Beet Pulp blue._.skyes Horse Health 1 05-01-2007 02:44 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome