I have a parrot mouthed horse, so I have to soak to be on the safe side. The average well chewing horse does not need it to be soaked, but I think they like it better mushy. I use the pelleted beet pulp. The pellets usually come without added molasses. My horse actually didn't like it at first, but now will run over the other horses to get to it. I also mix in rice bran for added fat, but most horses will like the beet pulp all by itself.