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post #1 of 25 Old 06-23-2009, 11:09 PM Thread Starter
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How much beet pulp?

My vet recommended I add beet pulp to Carolina's feed. I'm already giving her free choice good quality hay (she's going through about a bale a week), plus a scoop of Safe & Sound, half scoop of 12% sweet feed twice a day. The pasture she's in is not adequate that's why the free choice hay plus grain. Plus she has about 150lbs to gain or so.

I don't have a lot of places to get feed here, that's why the resort to Safe & Sound and sweet feed.

Background in case you missed it: She's 16H, 8 years old DW/TB cross mare that has been neglected for 2 years and now I have her.

Am I feeding her enough, too little or too much? Should I add the beet pulp? The co-op has beet pulp with molasses in 40lb bags.


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post #2 of 25 Old 06-23-2009, 11:53 PM
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Well, ultimately, I would say ask your vet. I feed Beet Pulp to my horses. It must be soaked for about 2 hours before you give it because if given dry could expand in their GI tract and cause impaction. I add it as an extra feeding, about 1/4 quart beet pulp with 1/4 quart alfalfa pellets (also soaked). Are you feeding alfalfa? That also is a great, healthy weight builder (providing you can find it without blister beetles). Often the feed store will have pelleted alfalfa, which I have found is the greatest stuff.

What a WONDERFUL thing you are doing - rescuing horses is a true blessing. People who save animals are part angel!

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post #3 of 25 Old 06-24-2009, 01:41 AM
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Yeah I just started feeding some beet pulp to my horses. Haven't been doing it long enough to know the results. Some say you can feed it dry if you mix it with grain. I prefer to soak mine for about 15 mins to be safe. And then drain all the water and mix it in with the grain. I don't exactly know how much I'll end up feeling though. Right now I'm still building it up slowly. I hope not much though. Because I have three horses and the 40 pound bag I bought cost about $14.00.
How much do you guys usually pay for Alfalfa pellets? J/w...I have trouble finding good quality ones.
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post #4 of 25 Old 06-24-2009, 05:50 AM
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I feed what we call in New Zealand Eezy beet (and I do every winter to help keep the weight on) I just introduce it slowly and feed it in addition to the rest of her food...

Its good for the gut, and nice slow realease energy too...

It def helps with the weight and if your vet recommended it its prob worth doing.... Its quite common to be feed in NZ.... most people I know give 'around' 2litres after soaking (Expands a heck of a lot)

Good on you for getting in a rescue horse!!!

Just another point - if you get the mollasses based one - they may need additional soaking (The mollases version over here does :) compared to the non mollased one)
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post #5 of 25 Old 06-24-2009, 08:41 AM Thread Starter
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Ok 2 litres after soaking would probably equal a scoop dry. (Yes very accurate lol).

I just got off the phone with my vet, he said to give it to her dry, is he wrong? He instructed - one scoop at breakfast mixed with her regular feed, half scoop at lunch mixed with half scoop of safe and sound, and a scoop at dinner with her regular feed.

I haven't found alfalfa cubes. There is a farm a couple of hours south of me that is about to cut alfalfa hay at $4 a bale. Regular hay is $3.
A 40lb bag of beet pulp is $10.99, 50lb bag of 12% sweet feed is $9 and the Safe and Sound is $12 for a 50lb bag.

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To be honest I don't think I saved her - I think she saved me.

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$4 a bale for alfalfa?!? holy cow. Its $12 a bale here.

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post #8 of 25 Old 06-24-2009, 09:29 AM Thread Starter
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Yeh - the cheapness of it makes me question just how good it is. Because I've seen it advertised for $6 or $7 a bale normally.
It seems hay, etc isn't too badly priced around here. While it's available anyway lol.

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I am currently feeding beet pulp to all of my horses. The beet pulp is soaked for several hours and then mixed with feed. I have read numerous articles / post about soaking beet pulp. Some people recommend to soak and other articles state feeding dried beet pulp does not cause the horse to choke. I went with my gut instinct and decided to soak the beet pulp prior to feeding. I would not want to eat something dry that swells like crazy when put in water. Anyways, don't let the beet pulp soak for more than a day. It begins to sour and the smell is awful, not to mention it attracts flies.
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post #10 of 25 Old 06-24-2009, 11:47 AM
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Yeah, everyone around here soak the beat pulp before feeding it. You can also add veggi or corn oil to her ration (just half-cup to the grain) - it helps with weight a lot too (and adds shiness to the coat :) ).
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