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post #651 of 969 Old 05-09-2013, 03:01 AM
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I always soak my pellets. When I let them out in the morning I add the water to the pellets in the morning and when I put them away I feed it to them. You can do it pretty quick if you use hot water but if it is from the hose, maybe 2-3 hrs?? Not quite sure.

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eesh, I think I'll try going with the flakes first then. I CAN soak a few hours in advance, but I'd have to keep it at my house and do it as soon as I came home from school, then transport it to the farm. I'm rarely out there more than an hour each day right now.

How much should I eventually be giving her? The weight tape says she's about 400 lbs right now, give or take a little. She's also eating 4 lbs Mare and Foal, unlimited costal hay, grass, 4 lbs (one flake's worth, supposively) alfalfa/timothy pellets, and 1/2 cup DuMor Ultrashine which has flax and rice bran in it, but definitely not enough rice bran to make her gain weight.

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You can soak the shreds with hot water just before leaving the house. By the time you get there they are soaked. Start with a handful, work your way up. I'd also switch to straight alfalfa pellets instead of the alfalfa/timothy.
Don't forget, hun, changing hair, growing, and healing a wound all take energy. She's dealing with all three. Her little system is probably giving out calories to each body part, carefully counted, each morning......
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If you can get the beet pulp shreds 30 mins in cold water should be fine. 10 mins in hot water seems to get them fully soaked. Start with a (measuring) cup of soaked BP a day first and work your way up
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post #655 of 969 Old 05-09-2013, 12:52 PM
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Mine get 6 cups pellets before soaking but they are biggggg horses, 1500lbs.

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I was going to use straight alfalfa pellets originally, but our TSC doesn't carry Standlee alfalfa pellets for some odd reason. Only 60/40 alfalfa/timothy or alfalfa cubes. I think we do have stockmans choice alfalfa pellets, so I could switch to that, but I was trying to avoid it since Standlee is $12.99 and Stockmans Choice is $17.99. I'll probably just suck it up and buy Stockman, though. I don't want to feed cubes.

Doesn't using hot water in Beet Pulp cook it? And its an absolute no-go to not soak beet pulp pellets right?

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I was going to use straight alfalfa pellets originally, but our TSC doesn't carry Standlee alfalfa pellets for some odd reason. Only 60/40 alfalfa/timothy or alfalfa cubes. I think we do have stockmans choice alfalfa pellets, so I could switch to that, but I was trying to avoid it since Standlee is $12.99 and Stockmans Choice is $17.99. I'll probably just suck it up and buy Stockman, though. I don't want to feed cubes.

Doesn't using hot water in Beet Pulp cook it? And its an absolute no-go to not soak beet pulp pellets right?
I feel like I learned in my nutrition course it doesn't matter.. I am going to have to look at my material when I get home tonight. It was a myth that is would bloat the horse, but I don't think that is true.. I just recently started Walter on beet pulp, and me and my mom were talking about that this weekend.
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eesh, I think I'll try going with the flakes first then. I CAN soak a few hours in advance, but I'd have to keep it at my house and do it as soon as I came home from school, then transport it to the farm. I'm rarely out there more than an hour each day right now.

How much should I eventually be giving her? The weight tape says she's about 400 lbs right now, give or take a little. She's also eating 4 lbs Mare and Foal, unlimited costal hay, grass, 4 lbs (one flake's worth, supposively) alfalfa/timothy pellets, and 1/2 cup DuMor Ultrashine which has flax and rice bran in it, but definitely not enough rice bran to make her gain weight.
Check out this page: Beet Pulp: The Ultimate Fibre for Horses | Equinews gives great information on beet pulp. And if you go to their home page, they have all sorts of good info. And Equinews is part of Kentucky Equine Research, which is also an awesome site for equine info of all sorts.
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I've been out of horse since before many of you were born. I learned from my Grand parents... 1950's and 60's. Now I have horses in a 3rd world country and have worked VERY hard to learn. .... ..... I have NO idea what you are talking about!

But THANKS for making live on Google and teaching me. :) Not that I have any choice of hey or much in feed. :(
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Check out this page: Beet Pulp: The Ultimate Fibre for Horses | Equinews gives great information on beet pulp. And if you go to their home page, they have all sorts of good info. And Equinews is part of Kentucky Equine Research, which is also an awesome site for equine info of all sorts.
Thanks for those links, Faydes. I'm always looking for new sources of information.

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