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    12-29-2012, 02:30 PM
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Yearling
How much beet pulp do you feed?

I'm curious about different beet pulp feeding practices.

1) What kind of beet pulp do you feed?
2) How much of it do you feed?
3) Why do you do it that way?

I know I'm probably the exception due to how much I feed and why, but it gets me curious about what other people do.

3) # 1 and 2 will make more sense if I answer #3 first: I feed beet pulp because I'm an endurance rider and it's an excellent (not to mention nutritious!) way to get water into your horse for those long and exhausting rides. Therefore, my beet pulp formula is based on getting as much water into my horse as possible. So....

1) I feed pelleted because it absorbs the most water (and it's cheapest!).

2) I like to fill a small bucket for each horse, so this amount works for me normally. When we're in prime conditioning and competition season, I'll up it to a larger bucket. Right now, though, it's 1.25 quarts/1.9 lbs of dry beet pulp each, and it expands 8x (Today, I'm finding out what the water content of my soaked beet pulp is). For me, it's perfect, because they eat it all, I can afford it, and, most importantly, it fills their buckets perfectly :P

So what about you?
     
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    12-29-2012, 02:39 PM
  #2
Trained
I make 2 large buckets, each gets 1 five pint scoop of pellets, and then I fill approximately 2-3 parts water to 1 part beet pulp. In winter I use warm water to speed up the process a little. I do it morning and night, and when ready, each horse gets 1 five pint scoop of the wet pulp. I put their salt and probiotics in them and serve with their Strategy.

I buy pellets for least cost and more product.

I do it to help keep the horses hydrated.
     

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