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    12-26-2012, 12:12 PM
  #11
Green Broke
I don't soak my beet pulp longer than a few minutes, same amount of water plus she won't eat it if it sits to long. She is a very picky horse.

The outside tanks have heaters so no ice out there. I should be getting a report soon if she has drank anything over night.

I will try heating some water in the microwave tonight to see if that helps. And changing out the bucket.

She used to also be on red cell which made her thirsty so I don't know if because she doesn't get that anymore that she doesn't want to drink as much. So I will be adding salt to her feed for now. She has a salt lick in her stall and outside too.
     
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    12-26-2012, 12:13 PM
  #12
Green Broke
Once you get to your car, do you pass any convenient stores before you get to the barn?

Even a gallon or two of water from their coolers might be warmer than her bucket water

If she's not drinking good by tonight (Wednesday), I might call the vet for some advice on how to safely force liquid into her

Is there Banamine at the barn, just in case Lizzie would need it?
     
    12-26-2012, 12:16 PM
  #13
Yearling
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Originally Posted by poppy1356    
I don't soak my beet pulp longer than a few minutes, same amount of water plus she won't eat it if it sits to long. She is a very picky horse.

The outside tanks have heaters so no ice out there. I should be getting a report soon if she has drank anything over night.

I will try heating some water in the microwave tonight to see if that helps. And changing out the bucket.

She used to also be on red cell which made her thirsty so I don't know if because she doesn't get that anymore that she doesn't want to drink as much. So I will be adding salt to her feed for now. She has a salt lick in her stall and outside too.
Are you sure you're soaking it long enough? Different beet pulps soak for different lengths of time, but it needs to be completely soft. If there's anything solid it in, then it's not saturated yet. It wouldn't do me any good if I soaked mine for only a few minutes. If you don't soak it long enough, it won't stop soaking. Instead, it'll start soaking up water from your horse's system when she eats it and actually cause her to become MORE dehydrated.
     
    12-26-2012, 12:25 PM
  #14
mls
Trained
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Originally Posted by poppy1356    
So I will be adding salt to her feed for now.
If she is not drinking, do not add salt to her feed. Adding salt will only dehydrate her.

Have you verified that a fellow boarder isn't refilling her bucket?
     
    12-26-2012, 12:38 PM
  #15
Green Broke
Well I just got news that she drank the whole bucket overnight, so glad. But now to keep her drinking...

Other boarders wouldn't dare be kind enough to refil a bucket, if they even showed up. Only me and the bm have been around since last week, we know that for sure. Plus everyone knows that my horse is kind of special needs and is on a certain diet so they shouldn't be giving her anything anyways.

No banamine but we have wonderful vets out here and it wouldn't be hard to get some or have a vet out to administer something. 3 separate vet practices within 15 miles, all of which have been to the barn and would come on an emergency call.

There is one convenience store along the way but they have ice cold water, seriously on the verge of ice, I always have to let it sit in the summer sun for at least 15 minutes before I can drink it.

She will not eat beet pulp or any feed for that matter if it is soaked to long, she is not a fan of soupy, mushy food.
     
    12-26-2012, 12:48 PM
  #16
Trained
This would get my attention for the mere fact that a partial block can cause them to not drink much water.

I would get a 5 gallon bottle (that mount on water coolers) w a lid (no sloshing).

I would also ensure I had USP grade mineral oil on hand "just in case". It is dirt cheap.
     
    12-26-2012, 12:57 PM
  #17
Yearling
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Originally Posted by poppy1356    
She will not eat beet pulp or any feed for that matter if it is soaked to long, she is not a fan of soupy, mushy food.
It don'ts have to be soupy (note the picture in my other thread about it), but it does need to be completely saturated. I only keep insisting on this because it could be doing more harm than good if she's already having issues getting enough water AND eating beet pulp that isn't completely saturated, so it'll just soak up what little water she has in her.
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    12-26-2012, 12:58 PM
  #18
Green Broke
She did drink the whole bucket last night. It is the large buckets but you can still carry them, it is 20qts.

She gets 4oz of oil in her feed also, so would that help? There is tons of oil around, mineral oil though I don't think we have.
     
    12-26-2012, 12:58 PM
  #19
Yearling
I know of one person who does endurance that actually feeds dry beet pulp the day of the race so that it'll make his horse thirstier. Everyone else I've talked to has said that's a bad idea, including ride vets, because it can dehydrate your horse.
     
    12-26-2012, 01:06 PM
  #20
Green Broke
Please show me a link to where it says beet pulp will dehydrate a horse. All I can find says that is not true. Dry beet pulp can cause choke but plenty of horses eat dry beet pulp without issue. I add water so it is not dry but I am not about to let it soak all day.
     

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