Originally Posted by WesternRider88
I've never seen beet pulp or used it before, but I've heard about it and I was just wondering if someone could tell me some things about it. Why does it need to be soaked, and what is that fed for?
There are various reasons to feed beet pulp. It's highly nutritious and can be feed to put on weight, but shouldn't make your horse "hot". A lot of people make it into a soaked mash and put other things in with their beet pulp. It's very popular amongst endurance riders because it soaks up so much water and gets water into a horse's system, and once there, it takes longer to use it up because it's in food instead of liquid form. It takes longer to digest as well. So in short, there are a lot of excellent reasons to feed beet pulp.
I highly recommend soaking your beet pulp before feeding it. For me, this is critical as hydration is one of the main reasons I feed it. If not soaked, beet pulp can cause your horse to choke, particularly with the pellets. You're at less risk of choke if you feed the shreds or crumbles dry, but I'd still recommend soaking it or at least getting it wet. It'll make it easier to digest.