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post #1 of 8 Old 01-24-2012, 02:17 PM Thread Starter
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how much beet pulp to feed?

my friend just took over a horse that is serverly underwieght and she would like to start him on beet pulp but is not sure how much to feed. The horse gets hay all day and she is feeding grain also ( i am sorry but i do not know what kind of grain) How much beet pulp would you suggest she starts out with?
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post #2 of 8 Old 01-24-2012, 03:41 PM
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I don't like to feed beet pulp to horses, but horses have choked on the dry pulp, so please soak it overnight if you decide to feed it! (I know that you can find vets who deny that the dry has caused choke, but they're wrong! Easy to imagine, since it's just dusty, totally dry fiber!)
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Beetpulp is great for horses. I'd start small, like a half cup and slowly increase from there.
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I agree, start small and soak it. Horses should not eat it dry.
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my friend just took over a horse that is serverly underwieght and she would like to start him on beet pulp but is not sure how much to feed. The horse gets hay all day and she is feeding grain also ( i am sorry but i do not know what kind of grain) How much beet pulp would you suggest she starts out with?

yes i definetly can cause choking if not soaked. When we bought my duaghter horse the lady was feeding beet pulp and never told us to soak it. After feeding it dry for about 2 weeks one night he choked, and that was why. We quit feeding it right then and there. I have informed her to definetly soak. Just need to know how much
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I don't like to feed beet pulp to horses, but horses have choked on the dry pulp, so please soak it overnight if you decide to feed it! (I know that you can find vets who deny that the dry has caused choke, but they're wrong! Easy to imagine, since it's just dusty, totally dry fiber!)
To be fair, Northern, I think it is important to recognize that horses can choke on ANY feed. Horses can choke on hay/grass (less likely, but it can/does happen), pelleted feeds, etc.

As with any feed change, gradual change is in order. Start small, as suggested, and work up. Also, know that some horses may not take to bp right off. I like to use bp as one component of a feeding plan -- at the moment our's consists of bp, alf. pellets and rice bran.

Rather than just approaching it as adding the bp, though, do see if you can find out what grain she is using at the moment as a change there may help to bring about a more effective/healthy weight gain. The quality of the hay is also important. Having hay at all times is a great step, but if the quality of that hay is not what it could be the horse isn't getting all that it could from having it there.
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Start off by adding just a cup or so of a soaked beet pulp to the grain. If he's a finnicky eater, you could try buying beet pulp that comes with some molasses in it. Gradually increasing the amount over a few-week period until you're feeding around 3-4 quarts would be my recommendation. If you use warm/hot water, you can get away with soaking for only an hour or two.
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To be fair, Northern, I think it is important to recognize that horses can choke on ANY feed. Horses can choke on hay/grass (less likely, but it can/does happen), pelleted feeds, etc.
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I recognize that; OP was asking about beet pulp only, so I wasn't being unfair in limiting answer to bp.
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