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    12-16-2010, 09:28 AM
I tried beet pulp while back and had a similar problem - they refused completely (even mixed with sweet feed and/or molasses). I'm feeding this pelleted feed now: It's mainly beet pulp, but for some reason they really like it (I make a mash out of it by adding hot water 20-30 mins before the feeding).

If you still want to go with the beet pulp you can try to add molasses to it.
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    12-16-2010, 10:01 AM
If he doesn't like it - you are not going to change his mind. Use a rice bran pellet (Empower is wonderful), get rid of the sweet feed (empty calories), senior feed and alfalfa pellets.

Tons of free choice hay and water.
    12-16-2010, 11:19 AM
GUESS WHAT ! I got him to eat it ! YAY !!!! Goes to show what a little persistance will do I just mixed the soaked beet pulp (it's the shredded btw) with the sweet feed and senior feed (the senior feed IS the Triple Crown Brand), and then I put molasses in it. I also added an "almost" 1/4 cup of olive oil as well. I mixed it all together.

And he ate it !!!! All of it !!! WOOT!! WOOT!!

Now to reply to some of your suggestions :

Everyone : Thanks everyone for your suggestions !!! If the molasses wouldn't have worked, I would been going through one by one trying what you each suggested. But luckily, the molasses worked and I don't have to keep fiddling with it now to get him to eat it.

NorthernMama : I got the sweet feed mainly because the girl that had him before me was feeding him solely sweet feed. 9lbs of it a day. So I wanted to mix the sweet feed with the senior feed so that for one thing it would help his digestive system adjust to the new feed, plus I already knew he liked sweet feed - so I wanted to make sure he'd EAT the senior feed, so I mixed it with the sweet feed to entice him as well. I'm only giving him 1/2 quart - 1 quart per day of the sweet feed.
    12-16-2010, 03:11 PM
Glad you had success. My suggestion was going to match someone else's. When I started with the beet pulp I mixed it with quite a bit of whole oats after soaking. Now all the horses will eat it plain if that's all there is. I ride a lot in the summer and feed the beet pulp when we are camping or packing in. The first year that I did, my horse went in to winter without his ribs showing. I think it really helps keep/add weight on.
    12-16-2010, 06:24 PM
Yay! Glad you got him to eat some. Maybe you can wean the sweet feed out of there eventually... Time, it all takes time..
    12-16-2010, 07:01 PM
My horse wouldn't touch beet pulp until I mixed a little bran into it. He dove into it after that!

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