<snip> I did get her to eat a few very small pieces dry, but I'm still not sure I want to try dry shreds. Some of those pieces are pretty big...
Personal experience, like I said, I was soaking them 4 times a day for 6 horses. I got tired of messing with all the goop. So then I just started mixing them in dry with their feed and supplements. Once I mixed in the feed, a multivitamin/mineral, a pro-biotic and a good squeeze of oil to stick it all together, I could hardly even tell the difference between the pulp shreds and the "textured" feed.
I know, I know, I know, as soon as I post this, someone else will post an equally daunting story about how their horse almost died and they'll never feed beet pulp dry ever again.
Sometimes you just have to give things a try to see what works for you. I started by adding just a handful dry mixed into the ration, and slowly added a bit more each feeding. I never heard a cough, much less anyone choking. I have been feeding it dry now for over 3 months on the 5 fosters I have. The quantities I mix in range from 1/4 pound per feeding, up to a full pound each feeding for a big SSH. I have been exceedingly happy to not have to soak beep pulp any more.
Also...I was rationing out the bag of beet pulp shreds last night into baggies, and noticed something pretty gross in the bag. It was a small clump of silky black hair, still attached to what seems like dried skin. GROSS O_o I didn't see any more than that one clump, but is the bag safe to feed if it might have dead...something...in it? <snip>
I have found a couple hairy looking bits in mine too, but when I soaked one of them, it soaked up just like beet pulp and turned out to be a bit of root hairs gummed up with beet skin and molasses. I don't find them often, so I just ignore them now.