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    07-04-2011, 09:46 PM
Can i Feed Beet pulp to my horse thats on just Grass!?

My horse is just on grass for a few weeks till I get him to a new barn, but he hasnt put any weight on. So my question is can I give him beet pulp when he's just on grass? And will it or wont it give him a belly ache?
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    07-04-2011, 10:01 PM
If you work him up gradually, I don't see why it would be a problem. Just make sure it's well soaked before you feed it. You don't want that stuff expanding in his belly or you'll have more than a belly ache on your hands.
    07-04-2011, 10:10 PM
Of course - soak it and add some sort of supplement so he can get some extra vitamins and mineral he wouldn't get on the grass and beet pulp alone
    07-04-2011, 10:22 PM
You don't need to soak beet pulp, im just wondering if that be to much protein..
    07-05-2011, 08:21 AM
You're right, you don't need too, but it's safer if you do - and if you're cocerned about stomach upsets, soaking it would be your best bet. I believe beet pulp is around 10% protein, so ontop of a grass based diet, I don't think there should be any concern for too much protein.
    07-05-2011, 08:32 AM
You know how rice expands after it's been boiled in water? Beet pulp does the same thing. That's why some places ban tossing rice at weddings-- when the birds eat it, it expands in their stomachs and can kill them. So even though you don't HAVE to soak it (my mom fed her horse dry beet pulp for a week before we did some research and she was fine), it would probably be a good idea to soak it, just for safety. It might not hurt to feed it dry, but the complications could be disastrous (and costly) if it is.
    07-30-2011, 05:51 PM
Beet pulp does not expand in the stomache.......... That is an old wives tale. Soaking has a lot of advantages, but it can be fed dry.. IMO, if I'm feeding very much it's soaked.. Half a large coffee can mixed with alfalfa pellets, nope.. I have only had slight choke issues a couple times and I've fed it both soaked and dry for years.
    07-30-2011, 07:28 PM
It expands in the osophagas (sp). Happened to us on sun and the vet had to tube our mare, horrible experience for her and us, I had read on a post on this forum that you don't need to soak BP but I would always soak really well, don't take a chance like I did.
    07-30-2011, 08:02 PM
I've had an old horse choke on soaked beet pulp, he never choked on dry. Go figure. He ate pounds of the stuff daily for several years. Soaked and unsoaked.. Dry vs wet is not as important as how they eat it.. Bolting is usually the issue with choke. Some horses will bolt with no problem some will have trouble. Just sayin.. ;)
    07-31-2011, 05:34 PM
Before you start a supplement and feed program give your horse a chance to adjust to the pasture grass. If you are just looking to put weight on beet pulp with some corn oil should help.

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