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post #21 of 30 Old 02-05-2009, 09:48 AM
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Corn and Barely are two fo the worst things you can feed a horse ...

where are you located?? try adding some beet pulp to her diet.. wet it down I have had choking issues with it dry with one of mine... find her some grass hay and try to keep it to her free choice... find a good vitamin/mineral supplement(Ration Balancer) to increase her nutrition to help her utilize the feedstuff she does get

I have been called the NSC Nazi more then once ... I hate traditional feed methods of loading our horses up on grains and junk food :)
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post #22 of 30 Old 02-05-2009, 10:44 PM Thread Starter
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Corn and Barely are two fo the worst things you can feed a horse ...

where are you located?? try adding some beet pulp to her diet.. wet it down I have had choking issues with it dry with one of mine... find her some grass hay and try to keep it to her free choice... find a good vitamin/mineral supplement(Ration Balancer) to increase her nutrition to help her utilize the feedstuff she does get
yea i tired beet pulp just now when i fed her and she wouldn't eat it... any idea's on how to get her to eat it?

i did find a new stable to move her to but i cnat untill next month. they feed half and half. oh i also bought some wieght bulider suplement for her.
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post #23 of 30 Old 02-05-2009, 10:56 PM
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Beet pulp must be fully SOAKED not just wetted or it can cause extremely dangerous situations. Let it soak for 24 hours before feeding if possible. Some bran may help and also corn oil or even regular vegetable oil. She is definitely thin. Search this forum for "put weight on" or something like that. You should find lots of answers... But why did the first vet say she was foundered???? There is still something fishy going on here.
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post #24 of 30 Old 02-06-2009, 01:55 AM
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i would also say go to free choice

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post #25 of 30 Old 02-06-2009, 05:33 AM
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goodluck helping your horse. I hope everything works out...

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post #26 of 30 Old 02-06-2009, 08:31 AM
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Beet pulp must be fully SOAKED not just wetted or it can cause extremely dangerous situations. Let it soak for 24 hours before feeding if possible. Some bran may help and also corn oil or even regular vegetable oil. She is definitely thin. Search this forum for "put weight on" or something like that. You should find lots of answers... But why did the first vet say she was foundered???? There is still something fishy going on here.

beet pulp needing soaked is a MYTH.... the only time you need to worry about soaking it is if you have a horse prone to choke

Oil interfers with the utilizion of other nutritients... so it is not a best option.. Rice bran is a good option as long as it is stablized


TO the OP: sometimes it takes them a day or so to "warm" up to it.. try wetting it to different levels as well... I have one horse that won't touch it dry she literally curls her nose up at it... she likes it soupy.. I have one that likes it dry and one that likes it in between

I have been called the NSC Nazi more then once ... I hate traditional feed methods of loading our horses up on grains and junk food :)
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post #27 of 30 Old 02-06-2009, 10:48 AM
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Heidi wouldn't eat beet pulp wet or dry when I first got her. So, I'd give her a small handful of alfalfa pellets and a small handful of dry BP.. After a few days I tossed in some wet BP. She scarfs it up now wet or dry.. I use the shreds and I usually wet mine down a bit as I feed it mainly to my 30 yr old Appy. He gets it soupy.

And no, you don't have to wet or soak it. Soaking overnight is overkill. Using hot water my shreds are fully plumped in 15 minutes. Pellets may take a bit longer, I dunno. Soaking too long can lead to fermenting and that's not good.

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post #28 of 30 Old 02-07-2009, 10:13 AM
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Ya, well -- if I ever need to do beet pulp again, it will be fully and well soaked. I can only get big pellets here -- about 1/2" in diameter and 1" long. They expand to four times their size when wet. I can't see that not causing problems in their digestive tract or even on the way down if, heaven forbid, one got stuck. And I can't see it fermenting in my neck of the woods that quickly. This is not a humid or hot area. Winter is cold, cold, cold and it only get truly hot here for about 4 weeks in the summer. And it's a dry heat.
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post #29 of 30 Old 02-07-2009, 02:16 PM
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northernmama,

With that size pellet I totally understand the need to soak longer and with your location I'm sure you don't have much concern about fermenting. Not everyone is in the same boat tho. Since some BP is shredded and some is smaller pellets it would be good to clarify when advising others. So, Thanks for clarifying.

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post #30 of 30 Old 02-08-2009, 11:26 AM
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Pelleted beet pulp MUST be soaked

Shreds do not need to be soaked!!!

I have been called the NSC Nazi more then once ... I hate traditional feed methods of loading our horses up on grains and junk food :)
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