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  • What's the difference between loose and pellets for beet pulp
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    12-28-2012, 10:00 PM
  #21
Trained
It smells a bit odd, but once it's soaked, it gets a bit better.
Of course the molassed BP smells better lol
     
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    12-28-2012, 10:09 PM
  #22
Yearling
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Originally Posted by poppy1356    
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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Someone else posted asking what the differences were between the different types, and there is a big difference in soaking. One of the common reasons people don't get pellets is because they take longer to soak. In addition, this also makes a big difference to people who are using beet pulp as a hydration source. It's good to know which type soaks up the most water.
     
    12-28-2012, 10:12 PM
  #23
Green Broke
I was wondering other than soaking. Any benefits with one over the other? But that was answered that it is all the same thing just different shapes. Mine barely absorbs water. If I accidentally put too much water in I can't just let it sit, I have to add more bp. The alfalfa absorbs way more.
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    12-28-2012, 10:13 PM
  #24
Trained
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?
     
    12-28-2012, 10:14 PM
  #25
Yearling
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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
Pellets actually soak to a finer consistency than the other kinds because they have to be ground up very fine before they can be made into pellets. Maybe crumbles are the finer pieces before they are made into pellets?

Out of curiosity, how much do the crumbles cost?
     
    12-28-2012, 10:16 PM
  #26
Green Broke
I pay $13 for a 50 lb bag. But I guess before the drought it was only $10. It does have pieces but the majority is dust or really really small pieces.
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    12-28-2012, 10:18 PM
  #27
Yearling
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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.
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    12-28-2012, 10:21 PM
  #28
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Originally Posted by poppy1356    
I was wondering other than soaking. Any benefits with one over the other? But that was answered that it is all the same thing just different shapes. Mine barely absorbs water. If I accidentally put too much water in I can't just let it sit, I have to add more bp. The alfalfa absorbs way more.
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Since I use beet pulp for hydration, my main benefit of one over the other is the water absorption of the pellets. Like I said, it absorbs twice as much and the other types. Plus, they're cheaper, and my wallet could use that benefit.

In fact, I measured mine yesterday and found my pellets expand 8x when allowed to fully soak - saving me even more money because I don't have to feed as much!

It makes sense that yours barely absorbs water - there's not much volume for it to absorb much water. That explains why adding more water would make yours soupy. Mine soaks up so much water that it's not soupy at all when I feed it.
     
    12-28-2012, 10:24 PM
  #29
Trained
Thanks Jillybean19, I do have a few more questions though. How much of it would you feed and how long would you soak it?



Thank you for your answers!
     
    12-28-2012, 10:24 PM
  #30
Yearling
Just as a note, I wouldn't even consider using crumbles if they were available in my area since they wouldn't provide any hydration at all. But if that's not why you're using it, then it's probably the easiest and most efficient beet pulp. Not to mention the safest - I don't think any horse could really choke on that, dry or wet.
     

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