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post #1 of 16 Old 12-16-2010, 01:57 AM Thread Starter
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Question Need ideas to get a picky horse to eat BEET PULP !

Ok so for those who didn't read my other threads, or who don't recall ... (long story short) ... I just got an underweight 19yr old X Race Horse this past Saturday. The lady I got him from said she dewormed him in November with Zimecterin Gold and then 3 days later with Ivermectrin. She had him on 9lbs of sweet feed per day plus 1 bale of hay a day. She only had him for a month (she runs a rescue) till I got him.

Now my question ... I need to put alot of weight on this guy - he's pretty thin. His teeth are good, so no issues there. Anyway, I posted about needing advice. I've rescued a starved horse several years ago and to put weight on him I fed him senior feed (he was old to), soaked beet pulp and lots of hay.
The horse I have now "George" doesn't like beet pulp. AT ALL. My feeding regimen for him is 1/2 quart of 12% sweet feed mixed with 1/2 quart Senior Feed, and 1 quart of soaked beet pulp (soaked in warm water). I even tried adding a small amount of apple juice to the beet pulp to flavor it. Still he won't eat it. I didn't mix it with the grain because I didn't want to risk him wasting the grain, since the lady who had him before me TOLD me that she couldn't get him to eat beet pulp either and she even tried mixing it with grain and it got wasted. So I kept it seperate ... but next to each other in the same bowl so he would hopefully get SOME in his mouth and decide to eat it. Anyway, I would really like to get him to eat the beet pulp since I know that will really help put the weight on him - plus I just bought a big bag of it this morning and I don't want it to go to waste.

Any ideas ?
Here's some ideas that I had ...
add oatmeal to it with a little sugar,
add molasses to it,
add a tiny bit of it to the grain - just enough that he won't notice and then gradually day by day increase the ration of beet pulp,

These are just ideas - think any of them would work ?
Any other ideas ? Anyone have a horse like mine that WON'T eat the stuff ... PERIOD ! ??

George is our Standardbred X-Race Horse, X Amish Horse, who has found a very special place in my heart. We love our GEORGE !
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post #2 of 16 Old 12-16-2010, 07:37 AM
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Are you using pelleted or shredded? Red won't eat soaked pelleted but loves dry shredded.
When we were feeding rice bran and he wouldn't touch it some flax oil mixed with it was the miracle
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post #3 of 16 Old 12-16-2010, 08:02 AM
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I would put a 1/2 scoop grain and a 1/2 c. of beet pulp. Soak it a bit and stir in about 1/4c. Molasses. Now that's not too much waste and how do you know until you try. My horse goes bonkers for her grain. Otherwise she wasn't finishing her grain. Let me know how that goes. Good luck. If you want go with 1/4c. Beet pulp to start. Small enough where he isn't noticing it as much and increase it from there.
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Try buying beet pulp that already has the molasses mixed in with it. That's what I get for my TB.
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post #5 of 16 Old 12-16-2010, 08:15 AM
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Isn't that the pellets?
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I would eliminate the sweet feed -- that's not going to help him with weight. Try playing with the consistency of the beet pulp: thinner or thicker, and adding flavours as suggested.

I wonder if rice bran would help him? Has anyone ever done that for weight? Maybe if you really can't get him to eat the beet pulp, he'll go for bran.
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post #7 of 16 Old 12-16-2010, 09:03 AM
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Rice bran built weight very well for us, we only went to beet because of the feed store not carrying rice year round.
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Mix in a little alfalfa pellets. They aren't particularly expensive, and will also help with his nutritional needs. Soak your beet pulp well and drain off as much of the water as you feel necessary. In the winter, I use lots of hot water to soak the beet pulp (we use pelleted) and don't drain it at all - my horses love a warm mushy meal.

Anyhoo, add about a pound or so of alfalfa to the soaked beet pulpe and mix it well. Daughter's paso's previous owner swore she wouldn't eat beet pulp, but she really chowed down on it with the alfalfa mixed in.

We had to switch the paso from alfalfa pellets to timothy pellets - didn't realize the alfalfa was making her crazier than she already was, but since she got used to the beet pulp, the change from alfalfa to timothy was easy...

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OOOOH! I know how you feel! My TB Gelding, is an EXTREMELY picky eater. I swear, sometimes *shakes fist in air* lol.

My TB wont eat strait Beat Pulp either, no way, no how, nuh uh! I have tried apple sauce, molasses, carrots, warm, cold, blah blah blah - he wouldn't touch it. So I gave up with the Beat Pulp for quite some time.......UNTIL! *insert horn toot here* lol - I was told to try Tripple Crown Senior.

OMG, I love this product! I was feeling Purina Senior for quite some time, until I found out that their foumula's are not fixed, they change quite frequently, and the list of ingredients is not always up to par - so I switched under the advisory of a few Equine Nutritionists to go to Tripple Crown, and I am thrilled!

Triple Crown Senior Formula |

To boot - it is crammed packed with Shaved Beat Pulp! And yes, Nelson gobbles it up - all of it. He licks the bottom of his feeder and he gets into his bucket *The bucket I put his feed in, to mix with his suppliments before it gets dumped into his feeder* and licks that non stop until I take it away from him.

Look into it! That doesn't mean you have to buy it - but ask around. There are 2 other fellow Boarders who were feeding Purina Products *1 Ultium and the other Senior* and they saw what I was feeding, and returned their newly bought bags of Beat Pulp, and invested in the Tripple Crown Senior. More bang for your buck I think, since it already has everything needed in it, plus the shaved Beat Pulp.

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Originally Posted by ptvintage View Post
Try buying beet pulp that already has the molasses mixed in with it. That's what I get for my TB.
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Isn't that the pellets?
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No, not necessarily. I know the Blue Seal brand pellets do not include added molasses. You can buy both shreds and pellets with or with out added molasses.
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