Itâ€™s an excellent source of digestible fiber, with a relatively low crude protein content (averaging 8 to 10%), comparable to good-quality grass hay. Its digestible energy is somewhere between that of hay and grain. In terms of other nutrients, itâ€™s not a stand-outâ€”it has a relatively high calcium content and very little phosphorus, is low in B vitamins, and has virtually no beta-carotene (the precursor of vitamin A) or vitamin D. Its chief value is as a soft, easily digestible supplement to your horseâ€™s roughage (fiber) intake, and as such itâ€™s a useful addition to the diet of many types of horses.
Feeding beet pulp if your horse is a "hard keeper" (itâ€™s very good for encouraging weight gain), if he has dental problems that make chewing hay difficult, if the quality of your hay is poor, or if you have a geriatric horse who has trouble chewing or digesting other types of forage. It can be fed in addition to, or instead of, hay. Beet pulpâ€™s excellent digestibility also makes it a great choice for a convalescing horseâ€”one recovering from illness or surgery, for example. It even can be fed warm in the winter months, just like a bran mash (and nutritionally, itâ€™s a better choice than bran). Most horses find it quite palatable, although occasionally youâ€™ll come across one who considers it an acquired taste.
I Have fed it to many of my horses to keep weight on and to put weight on. I also had a bottom less pit of a horse that would eat the whole barn if you let him, I fed beet pulp so I wasent feeding him so much hay!!
I soak it for 12 hours and I have never had a problem with it and it works really well. :)