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post #1 of 16 Old 07-21-2010, 09:13 PM Thread Starter
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To beet pulp or not? :o Help!

I've heard beet pulp is great and I've also heard it's bad. What's your take on it?

I just purchased a new horse who was on beet pulp before he came to me and I'm not sure if I should put him back on it.

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post #2 of 16 Old 07-21-2010, 09:32 PM
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I've never had problems with beet pulp. Just make sure you soak it first as many horses can choke on it as it expands in their saliva as they chew ( a good example was when my friend, completely oblivious to the fact that she was handfeeding her gelding beetpulp instead of pellets, had to rush him to the vet because he couldn't breath!). There is also alot of heavy debate of what it does inside the stomach if not previously soaked.
Anywho... it's a great way to help horses gain weight as it is generally higher in calories than any other forage & contains very little sugar.
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The Myths and Reality of Beet Pulp - Susan Evans Garlinghouse

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post #3 of 16 Old 07-21-2010, 11:25 PM
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My guy gets beet pulp twice a day, it is always soaked for at least 8+ hours before we feed it. I like it because I am always paranoid that he's not going to drink enough water, and the extra intake certainly helps. Not to mention, he loves it.
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Beet pulp is a great addition as a weightbuilder on an underweight or hard keeper. It does NOT need to be soaked. You can find websites all over the net saying good and bad about it - I'd talk to your vet to get their advice on it. (for example - Carleen mentions above soaking for 8+ hours. I had always heard never to feed beet pulp that has soaked longer than 1 hour because it starts to break down/ferment very quickly and becomes unsafe. Who is right? Who knows. To each their own. I don't think I'd go off any advise/home made websites you find on the net. Ask your vet. I personally also feed my mare beet pulp that has been soaked, for the same reasons Carleen mentions, my mare is not a good drinker. But I would personally have no aversions to feeding it dry either.)



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It doesn't need to be soaked but if you are feeding it in large quantities and your horse will eat it (so it doesn't go bad) I would still soak it because it can be a choking risk if they gorge on it.

It does pose a choke risk to some horses and I'd rather be safe than sorry, personally, if I was feeding it in large quantities -- which is exactly what I did when I did!

I stopped feeding it to my horse though because he is not a hard keeper and it was unnecessary with all the other stuff he was getting.



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Love beet pulp!

My mare gets it all winter. Soaked to a nice slurry. She is not a good hay eater and in the winter she does not drink well so this gives her extra fiber and makes sure she gets a certain amount of water.

I have fed it dry with out an issue too.


Many feeds contain beet pulp. It is a pretty common ingredient in complete feeds.
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I really like it. As Always said above, it makes sure my boys get a certain amount of water everyday. I like knowing that especially when our weather is blistering hot and humid.....like now. It really seems to help my geldings maintain a more steady weight.
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Thanks guys! I went out and got beet pulp, Callaway and Diego are now both on it.

Diego is very interested in it, but Callaway (Silver Serenade) pushes it around with his nose, eats a few bite's, knocks it over and walks away! Any suggestions on how to get him to eat it?

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I have never heard anything bad about beet pulp, and I feel sure there are little to no grounds for anything negative about it - Soak it first.
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post #10 of 16 Old 07-26-2010, 07:59 PM
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Thanks guys! I went out and got beet pulp, Callaway and Diego are now both on it.

Diego is very interested in it, but Callaway (Silver Serenade) pushes it around with his nose, eats a few bite's, knocks it over and walks away! Any suggestions on how to get him to eat it?
I'd try adding sweet feed, corn syrup or mollasses. If you're gonna use sweet feed, do about half&half until your horse gets used to it, then gradually decrease the amount of sweet feed & eventually your guy should be able to eat it straight.

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