Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: secret mountain valley
Alwaysbehind is right- it does expand but we have *never* seen a stomach rupture due to beet pulp. I suppose in theory it could happen. A problem that does occur is that it can soak up water in the gut and pre-dispose to impaction issues, at least that has been the thought in a few of our colic cases. It is hard to tell because they are usually older horses- which is why they were on beet pulp in the first place, and since older horses tend to drink less water and have a bit of dehydration issues it is hard to say if it was the chicken, or the egg.
Try not to let choke scare you off of feeding beet pulp if he needs it, just make sure he is well hydrated and that it is well soaked. It is an amazing product for keeping weight up. That being said, I took my guy off of it after his choke too. Largely because he absolutely goes crazy when he is "grained" (I don't actually feed grain per se) and just goes after it like a Hoover. Even though the beet pulp had been soaked for hours and was really soupy he still choked. I'm keeping his weight up now with a complete senior feed, cool cals 100, and rice bran on top of his 6-8 flakes a day.
I'm glad you're learning a lot from this thread, IMO that is what the forum is here for and I learn A TON every time I log on!