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    06-24-2009, 12:55 PM
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    06-24-2009, 06:27 PM
I feed beet pulp pellets. I like the pellets because they fluff up much quicker than the other type. Only takes about 15 minutes. My horse didn't like it at first, but will now dive over his paddock fence to get to it now. I've been using it to supplement his diet since May and am just now starting to see a difference.
    06-24-2009, 09:38 PM
I have been feeding shredded beet pulp for several years now. I do not like feeding grain as none of my horses really need that. I use about a cup dry with a bit of alfalfa pellets in it for my pastured horses, just to keep them happy when I am feeding my 30 yr old blind appy, who is losing his teeth.

He gets 2 large coffee cans(dry measure) of beet pulp, about 1/2 can of alfalfa pellets and 2# of Total Equine 2x a day. He also gets a flake or 2 of chopped(I chop it) prairie hay to keep him busy. I have soaked it in the past as well as rinsed the molasses off of it. Now I simply wet it well before feeding it so the supplements I add to his feed won't blow off. This also helps get a little extra water in him.

You do not need to soak it to prevent any gut health issues, it will not swell up in the stomache and cause any issues. Once a food hits the horses stomache it begins to be digested, it doesn't just sit there. You also do not need to soak it for hours. Actually this is dangerous as spoilage WILL cause illness in your horse. I have never needed to soak it for more than 30minutes tops when I was soaking. Some horses do bolt their feed and so they may well choke on any feed. While it is true that Beet pulp, alfalfa pellets, or simply pelleted concentrates are often feeds associated with choke, it isn't a given. I like to wet it, so I do.. I have fed it dry and they ate it fine either way.

You will need to start off slowly with the bp tho as many horses don't want it at first. Usually I start with a bit of dry with the alfalfa pellets. In a few days I may start putting in a bit of wet for several days.. As they develop an interest in it I start increasing the bp. All of my horses will mug me for it now and at least 3 of them used to stick up their noses at it.

Sorry this is so long, just wanted to add that for weight gain I would feed up to a gallon can dry measure once your horse likes it. She may well then eat less hay so you will want to find a balance that works. And a 40# bag goes farther than grain seems to. I am probably feeding 10# a day to my horses and that's fine with me as it is not a grain, but it is more than simply hay...
    06-25-2009, 10:31 AM
Hey everyone,
First of all good for you for rescuing eachother! That is very cool!
Now my friend who has an older mare (arb) has been bugging me to feed my 8 yr old TB beet pulp. Years ago I would feed this to older horses and I did soak it but not for hours and hours.
I recently bought some wheat bran to give to my horse on occasion. I did not get the beet pulp and I am wondering now if I should have.
His diet right now is 1 flake alfalfa and the rest grass hay. He also goes to pasture for a few hours at a time at least two times a week and I also hand graze him for at least 20 minutes after we exercise.
He also gets a small scoop of Safe choice which is something that my dad gave to me when he brought the horse up to me.
Should I be giving him beet pulp?
I can not even remember what the benefits of beet pulp are. I have a book I will look it up. I do know it kinda keeps the gut moving along.
It has been so long since I haad my horse in my possesion that a lot of things have changed as far as nutrician is concerned and feet too.
I am not reall sure I need for my horse to gain weight, but being that I just took out of his diet some of the alfalfa because I think it was a bit much for his hot head, If beet pulp will help he to sustain a good weight then maybe I should by that and add it into his diet slowly.
What do you all think...Send a PM since this is not my thread...
Ausie Daisy...I just love the photo of you and the horse...So sweet!
    06-25-2009, 12:12 PM
Haha wow, here in saskatchewan, we only pay four bucks for very high quality hay lol, sorry I just had to throw that in :p
    06-25-2009, 01:38 PM
Racer - that is just purely evil that you say that LOL.

Ok - so I added the soaked beet pulp - about a 3 quart scoop dry, her scoop of safe and sound, scoop of sweet feed, plus her free choice hay.

At any rate - she is still acting hungry. She doesn't normally act hungry except at feeding times.

    06-25-2009, 04:40 PM
Originally Posted by cghbuilder86    
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.

Beet pulp should always be soaked! Otherwise it can expand in their stomachs and cause some problems, so just remember to soak it before feeding
    06-25-2009, 05:20 PM
Originally Posted by flashy    
Beet pulp should always be soaked! Otherwise it can expand in their stomachs and cause some problems, so just remember to soak it before feeding

shady acres

As a fiber source
    06-25-2009, 05:22 PM
Originally Posted by AussieDaisyGirl    
Racer - that is just purely evil that you say that LOL.

Ok - so I added the soaked beet pulp - about a 3 quart scoop dry, her scoop of safe and sound, scoop of sweet feed, plus her free choice hay.

At any rate - she is still acting hungry. She doesn't normally act hungry except at feeding times.

How much hay is free choice? Is she eating it? Personally I'd ditch the sweet feed.. It's like giving her a candybar.
    06-25-2009, 05:25 PM
I give her a 50lb bale of very good quality hay in a rack. She eats it, it's usually gone in about 4 or 5 days.

Ok - I'll scrap the sweet feed. Do I need to replace it with anything? I was mostly using it just to add some weight but if it's a candy bar lol it can go!

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