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        12-29-2012, 12:18 AM
      #41
    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by deserthorsewoman    
    Couldn't resist posting it
    My non-horsey husband complains that I soak my beet pulp bucket in the tub and I make sure I start it AFTER his morning shower and take it out to the horses BEFORE he comes home from work, and do my best to minimize any smell or clue that it was ever there (though I actually do like the smell because it's a horsey smell).

    I should just get a squirrel - then he would learn to be grateful that I keep my bucket neatly in the tub!
         
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        12-29-2012, 12:27 AM
      #42
    Trained


    I giggle everytime I think about that little fella.....or see beetpulp pellets
         
        12-29-2012, 06:18 AM
      #43
    Showing
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    Originally Posted by jillybean19    
    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.
    No matter in which form I buy it, it's always soaked before feeding.

    My point was that SOME people feed the pellets dry, regardless of whether or not it's dangerous. Pellets are not my preferred type, so I try to avoid buying them unless they're the only things available.
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        12-29-2012, 08:22 AM
      #44
    Weanling
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        12-29-2012, 08:26 AM
      #45
    Weanling
    Oops sorry my phone glitched

    I've heard that horse love beet pulp and it can be used to hide undesirable supplements and meds
    Is that true?
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        12-29-2012, 08:39 AM
      #46
    Showing
    Nope, most horses aren't thrilled by the taste of it, but eventually get used to it. My 3 are chow hounds so eat whatever I put in front of them, thank goodness!

    If you want to disguise meds or supplements, you can add apple sauce or extra molasses.
         
        12-29-2012, 09:29 AM
      #47
    Green Broke
    The fiber is going to absorb what it absorbs, regardless of the shape, Pellets are just packed tighter and more dense. So if yo are measuring by volume, yeh pellets will absorb more water, but its really only because you have twice as much fiber... IE one scoop of pellets is equal to 2 scoops of shreds. Just pick up the bags, you'll see. The pellets are twice as heavy. The crumbles you are getting is ground up even more I would assume by a mill that is using beets as a base for commercial horse feed, not as a stand alone product. That much grinding is going to cut down on the available fiber and not really be as good of a product.
         
        12-29-2012, 09:40 AM
      #48
    Green Broke
    I figured the beet pulp I feed is leftovers so I'm not really counting on it doing much for weight. Plus I only feed 1.5lbs dry per feeding so not enough to do a whole lot. Can't feed more as last night with 1.5lbs of beet pulp and 1lb alfalfa pellets the princess took 45 min to eat all of it :( But once I get alfalfa hay the beet pulp will be used to get her supplements in. Hopefully she will still eat it.... she is not a fan of the cardboard smell and probably tastes the same.
         
        12-29-2012, 12:13 PM
      #49
    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by JustWingIt    
    Oops sorry my phone glitched

    I've heard that horse love beet pulp and it can be used to hide undesirable supplements and meds
    Is that true?
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    I actually differ slightly in opinion from Speed Racer's answer. My horses have loved their beet pulp from day one, and I know many other horses that also enjoy it. I don't know that I'd label the supplements that I've added as undesirable, but it sure is easy to feed anything I want in my horse's beet pulp and rest assured they got it in them. Granted, anything that has a distinct taste would probably steer them away from the beet pulp since they love the beet pulp itself, but I put things like powders and other dry supplements into the beet pulp and they eat it just fine, while they probably wouldn't eat it on its own because it just simply isn't interesting. Plus, with the amount of beet pulp I feed, that little scoop of minerals is spread out quite a bit throughout the beet pulp, so there's really only a tiny bit in each bite.
         
        12-29-2012, 12:38 PM
      #50
    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
    Some how I see hot dogs here, ewwwwwwwwwwwwww. Lol.
         

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