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 Posted via Mobile Device