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    06-06-2012, 10:41 PM
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Beet Pulp can be toxic?

I ran across an article stating that beet pulp could be toxic? I always knew it to be helpful with horses, can anyone shed any light on this?

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    06-06-2012, 11:08 PM
Originally Posted by lilkitty90    
i ran across an article stating that beet pulp could be toxic? I always knew it to be helpful with horses, can anyone shed any light on this?

Is Beet Pulp Toxic To Horses - The Real Story

Well I have only read halfway through but I wanted to point this out before I forget. They are talking about lack of calcium. This is why beet pulp should just be used as a add in. My horses each get 3lbs soaked beet pulp and there vit/min supplement which also supplements there calcium. And even if all this negative they are stating is true do you really think beet pulp would still be on the market? Im not saying some horses don't present these problems due to beet pulp but that's with any feed. It all depends on the horse. I don't find any solid facts just mostly hersay. I still believe in beet pulp but I know many do not. Which is fine, that's why there are so many option for horses and there people.
    06-06-2012, 11:12 PM
Okay my answers to the bottom questions (my horses are on beet pulp every winter or when I get a new thin horses to add weight, none ever lose it in the summer)

O Does my horse feel weak in the hind end? Nope none of mine do

O Are his hooves brittle? Only when the farrier does not come out on time and the feet over grow, other then that no.

O Does it seem like his stifles are weak? Nope

O Does my horse appear to be lacking energy? I wish!

O What about the coat? Is it dull? My vet always says how shinny my horses are.

O Does my horse have loose stools? Are his stools loose or hard? Nope just right, no one has the runs and no one seems to try to poop to hard.

All in all my horses thrive on it. But like I said before I think it all depends on the horse, like most feeds/supplements.
    06-06-2012, 11:12 PM
I suppose it's the same principal of "too much of a good thing is bad"

Personally I don't feed beetpulp because I'm terrified of my horse choking.
    06-06-2012, 11:19 PM
Originally Posted by Skyseternalangel    
I suppose it's the same principal of "too much of a good thing is bad"

Personally I don't feed beetpulp because I'm terrified of my horse choking.
so am I. I soak it for 1 hour (or 30 minutes in warm water) stir it and add more and soak for another 30 minutes. Then mix it by hand to make sure there are no whole chunks left. I love it for horse horse who does not drink enough ever and wont touch anything with a electrolyte in it.
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    06-07-2012, 12:30 AM
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Like Sky said to much of any one thing can be bad.
We've fed it without ever having a problem, but it is always soaked & a supplement to their normal diet.
    06-07-2012, 02:49 AM
If that article were on paper it would be in the trash right now. Beet pulp is not dangerous to insulin resistant horses unless it has molasses added. It is digestible, and is not going to dry up your horse from the inside out.

Like many other crops, sugar beets are treated with an extensive array of herbicides to limit weeds and grasses in the fields. The herbicides are absorbed by the beets. Nothing removes the chemicals from the pulp. In addition, growers top the beet plants with a chemical defoliant to kill back the tops before harvest. These chemicals also end up by-product beet pulp.
If you're going to be worried about that, you better start feeding your horse nothing but fresh pasture and stay away from the grocery store yourself.

Keep feeding beet pulp if it floats your boat, always keep a good calcium-phosphorus ratio in mind as well as common sense.
    06-07-2012, 04:04 AM
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Originally Posted by Skyseternalangel    
I suppose it's the same principal of "too much of a good thing is bad"

Personally I don't feed beetpulp because I'm terrified of my horse choking.
It really depends on how your horse eats and the type of beet pulp.

If your horse literally inhales its feed, then yes your horse could be susceptible to choking.

If the beet pulp you feed is in long shreds, that could also cause your horse to choke. The pellet type would be harder to choke on.

Beet pulp originates from sugar industry. It is an insoluble fiber, meaning that it does not interact with the body. It rushes through the intestines taking with it whatever supplements have been given. Simply put, it cannot be digested. It takes four molecules of water for the body to process beet pulp-adding water weight, and making the horse appear heavier. Once beet pulp is removed from the diet, the horse loses weight quickly, leading the owner to believe that the horse needs the beet pulp.
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The only thing true in that is the very first sentence. Beet pulp is easily digested. We've fed our horses beet pulp and taken them off it without them losing weight. We did have them on Progressive feed once, which did put weight on too but was too expensive. Once we took them off that, they lost the weight they gained right away.

There's another part which talks about sugar still being in the beet pulp. Yes there may be some. But beet pulp is not pure sugar, as it sounds to me that they are saying. What about giving your horse apples? There's sugar in them. What about giving sugar cubes? Aren't those sugar? Hmmm...

That whole article sounds much like some animal rights activists just giving you what supports their side of the story. IMO
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    06-07-2012, 05:16 AM
Every horse i'v ever seen on beet pulp is fine! The riding school I used to go to used sugar beet as the base for their feed and most of the horses seemed happy in themselves on this diet.

As far as Im concerned, calcium deficiencies arent going to occur when the beet is fed along side other feeds. When the compound/'complete' feeds most horse owners use now wernt being produced, horse owners used to mix up their own sweet feeds using oats, barley, chaffs, peas, bran etc the individual ingredients had mineral inbalances but together they were a fairly well balanced meal. Same principle still applies now.

The article is trying to find a problem with one of the most popular horse feeds. Just like any other feed, beets can have a bad effect on some individuals, just like Alli's mum didn't do well on barley feeds for some reason. Doesnt mean no one should feed barley just because one horse didnt do well on it!
    06-07-2012, 06:47 AM
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This is what I always thought as well about it being safe, of course if you feed JUST beet pulp its going to be bad but that's why its an additive,

I myself refuse to feed beetpulp until its necessary. I have a few horses that are chronic chokers. And its a scary experience all around so I just do my best to keep it from happening.

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