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  • Is there a difference in shredded beet pulp for horses
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    12-28-2012, 10:46 PM
  #11
Yearling
The major difference is the time and amount of water absorption. Pellets will absorb twice as much water as shreds, but also take much longer (as mentioned in the other thread). That makes sense, once you take into consideration surface area v. Volume - just like crushed ice melts faster because there's not as much to get through, the shreds absorb water faster because more area is in contact with the water.

I've never heard of nor seen crumbles, but if they're even smaller pieces than the shreds, then I image they would absorb water even faster, but not nearly as much.

Another difference is in price. Pellets, from what I've heard, are the cheapest.

The final difference is in safety, but I want to address that specifically to one of the posts above me.
     
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    12-28-2012, 10:47 PM
  #12
Weanling
I use both shredded and pelleted BP. However, I purchase the Standlee brand BP, and have noticed the pellets are almost black? They look like yesterday's news cat litter pellets. Even the water turns kind of black? Anyone notice that with the Standlee brand? The shreds look fine though.
I would like to use crumbles, but unfortunately only shreds and pellets are all that are available to me.
     
    12-28-2012, 10:48 PM
  #13
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Speed Racer    
I know that some folks feed the pellets dry, but I'd never feed the shreds or crumbles that way. I've always soaked them.
Pellets are the most dangerous to feed dry because they are the biggest and the most likely to cause choking. Pellets should never be fed dry for that reason. Shreds or crumbles could be fed dry and are less likely to cause choke.

However, you shouldn't feed a horse any type of dry food if they're dehydrated because they won't have enough fluids to process them correctly.
     
    12-28-2012, 10:50 PM
  #14
Yearling
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Originally Posted by SaddleStrings    
I use both shredded and pelleted BP. However, I purchase the Standlee brand BP, and have noticed the pellets are almost black? They look like yesterday's news cat litter pellets. Even the water turns kind of black? Anyone notice that with the Standlee brand? The shreds look fine though.
I would like to use crumbles, but unfortunately only shreds and pellets are all that are available to me.
Rinse your beet pulp until it runs clear. You're getting all the extra sugars and whatnot off of them. Some brands have more than others, but that's likely where your black water is coming from.

The darker shade of pellets could be from more molasses - just a guess, though. Not sure. Mine are a dark greyish color.
     
    12-28-2012, 10:53 PM
  #15
Yearling
Poppy, is that picture of your beet pulp when it's dry or wet? If it's dry, I've never seen anything like it!
     
    12-28-2012, 10:53 PM
  #16
Green Broke
Quote:
Originally Posted by jillybean19    
The major difference is the time and amount of water absorption. Pellets will absorb twice as much water as shreds, but also take much longer (as mentioned in the other thread). That makes sense, once you take into consideration surface area v. Volume - just like crushed ice melts faster because there's not as much to get through, the shreds absorb water faster because more area is in contact with the water.

I've never heard of nor seen crumbles, but if they're even smaller pieces than the shreds, then I image they would absorb water even faster, but not nearly as much.

Another difference is in price. Pellets, from what I've heard, are the cheapest.

The final difference is in safety, but I want to address that specifically to one of the posts above me.
I posted a picture of my crumbles. As you can see there are small pieces but mostly powdery stuff.

I did not post this to discuss soaking time. I was simply looking for information on what else is out there since all I have ever bought or seen has been crumbles.
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    12-28-2012, 10:54 PM
  #17
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by jillybean19    
Poppy, is that picture of your beet pulp when it's dry or wet? If it's dry, I've never seen anything like it!
It's dry. I add water after everything to mix all the supplements in.
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    12-28-2012, 10:55 PM
  #18
Trained
Maybe the crumbles go into pelleted feeds, easier to press into smaller pellets than shreds or pelleted pulp.....just guessing here.
Could also be all what's not "pretty" enough to go into shredded and pelleted. Again, just guessing
     
    12-28-2012, 10:57 PM
  #19
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by deserthorsewoman    
Maybe the crumbles go into pelleted feeds, easier to press into smaller pellets than shreds or pelleted pulp.....just guessing here.
Could also be all what's not "pretty" enough to go into shredded and pelleted. Again, just guessing
Lol definitely not pretty. And very dusty. I had never seen beet pulp until I bought this stuff months ago and rely it looked and smelled like crumpled cardboard lol.
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    12-28-2012, 10:59 PM
  #20
Weanling
The shreds soak fine, the water is always a murky brown when soaked. Just the pellets look black, I'll post pics of the soaked BP pellets when it gets done.
     

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