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post #11 of 36 Old 11-21-2008, 06:43 PM
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Beet Pulp if you have the time to soak it (some people swear that it doesn't have to be soaked, but I'd rather take the safe road)

and rice bran if you aren't able to soak it.

Rice bran is fed in smaller quantities and has a higher fat content.

Beet Pulp is more of a forage type, and is known for providing "cool calories"

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thats the problem, you gotta soak it lol i use one called 'speedi-beet'. its done in less than 10 minutes. the way that stuff 'fluffs' up theres no way i would feed it to my horses without soaking it.

just a little 'beet' story - i got a tb off the track about 10 years ago and had huge huge issues with his weight after coming off of such a high protein high calorie diet. it took me 12 months to get him back in good shape. when i get my new mare a few weeks ago she had also been getting a racehorse diet with no exercise and was as a consequence all round and fat and hot :roll: her new dinner consisted of lucerne chaffe, millrun (both of these she was already getting) pellets, and the beet. for a few days she seemed to lose a little but then came back up again and is maintaining a nice weight.

to me if there is a feed out there that gets the same results as oats and other such high calorie foods without the heat then im a fan

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post #12 of 36 Old 11-22-2008, 01:06 PM
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If you don't soak the beet pulp, there's a higher chance that your horse will choke on the hard pieces...so just as long as you soak it that's probably the safer thing to do :)
The reason y you soak beet pulp is because a horses stomic can only be full so much or the somic acid rises and can make them colic when you give them beet pulp without soaking it it can easily kill them because it expands in thier stomic also good to keep it up high away from dogs and goats
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The reason y you soak beet pulp is because a horses stomic can only be full so much or the somic acid rises and can make them colic when you give them beet pulp without soaking it it can easily kill them because it expands in thier stomic also good to keep it up high away from dogs and goats
I just read an artical saying thats a myth so hehe dont listen to me thats just what my trainer told me
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MYTH #5: Sugar beet pulp is high in sugar. And if it's not properly soaked in water, it will expand inside your horse's gut and cause a horrible gastric rupture.
FACT: Let's explode the myths instead of the horse. Beet pulp is the fibrous substance that's left over after the sugar has been extracted from sugar beets. It contains almost no sugar (unless the manufacturer has added a little dry molasses to improve the taste). Beet pulp is naturally quite high in moisture and thus prone to mold, so it's dehydrated and made into pellets or "shreds" before it's packaged.

Beet pulp is an excellent source of digestible fiber. It's relatively low in protein (about 8 percent) and high in calcium, which makes it an appropriate feed for almost all adult horses. If you are feeding supplements, top-dressing corn oil, or giving your horse medications, beet pulp can be an excellent place to hide the yucky ingredients. It's a great addition to the diet if your hay is of poor quality, or if your horse has dental problems and can't chew long-stemmed forage, or for horses recovering from an injury or illness. Plus, it's usually quite inexpensive.
The best way to feed beet pulp is to soak it in water a few hours before meal-time; use twice as much water as beet pulp, and leave it to swell and absorb the moisture. (Because it has a tendency to ferment in warm weather, you'll only want to make up one day's worth at a time.) The resulting brown, fluffy stuff can be mixed in with your horse's grain or served on its own. But don't worry if you've added a little too much liquid, or too little. You can't actually explode a horse with unsoaked beet pulp. In a study referred to in Lon Lewis' "Feeding and Care of the Horse, 2nd ed.", ponies were fed dehydrated beet pulp, up to a level of 45 percent of their total diet, with no ill effects whatsoever. Not only did they not explode, but they also suffered no signs of colic, nor did the water content in their manure change. However, most people prefer to soak beet pulp—it's more palatable that way and less likely to cause choke.

I have been called the NSC Nazi more then once ... I hate traditional feed methods of loading our horses up on grains and junk food :)
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another good information site on Beet Pulp
Beet pulp for horses. It's high in digestible fiber. It has a low non-structural carbohydrate level. It has a low glycemic index. Beet pulp!

I have been called the NSC Nazi more then once ... I hate traditional feed methods of loading our horses up on grains and junk food :)
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WOW everybody was such a big help! Thank you so much for all your time!
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my gelding is on rice bran for weight gain

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my gelding is on rice bran for weight gain
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First of all, rice bran or beat pulp aren't really ideal for true weight gain. They are fillers. It's a great way to give a horse fiber, but the calory value of beat pulp is extremely low. Which makes them ideal for maintaining weight of a horse, and it will EVENTUALLY cause some weight gain-but it'll be extremely slow if just fed by itself.
But if you truly want your horse to gain weight (as in more then about 50lbs or so), choose a product that has a high protein level, add some oil and then beat pulp (or rice bran, although I like beat pulp better) in addition to that.
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First of all, rice bran or beat pulp aren't really ideal for true weight gain. They are fillers. It's a great way to give a horse fiber, but the calory value of beat pulp is extremely low. Which makes them ideal for maintaining weight of a horse, and it will EVENTUALLY cause some weight gain-but it'll be extremely slow if just fed by itself.
But if you truly want your horse to gain weight (as in more then about 50lbs or so), choose a product that has a high protein level, add some oil and then beat pulp (or rice bran, although I like beat pulp better) in addition to that.
Most rice bran supplements are at least 20% fat so how are they just a filler

Beet pulp is 1300Kcal per pound and great for a horse that needs weight or more fiber

I posted some really good TRUE fact links above that are very educational about the myths and realities of beet pulp ...

I have been called the NSC Nazi more then once ... I hate traditional feed methods of loading our horses up on grains and junk food :)
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