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post #1 of 18 Old 07-15-2009, 07:03 PM Thread Starter
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Whats your opinion on feeding beet pulp?

Been feeding the horses soaked beet pulp and grain and they are looking better. I am more so using the soaked beet pulp to kind of slow them down so the younger horses are able to get more, and to help out with the weight. I just have a large trough that I put their feed in, and there is 4 horses.

What are the positive points to feeding soaked beet pulp?


Whats the negative points to feeding soaked beet pulp?
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post #2 of 18 Old 07-15-2009, 09:08 PM
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Beet pulp is a good fiber source, it has some decent protein, and it's a "cool" feed (if it doesn't have any molasses). Soaking is good for horses that are prone to choke, and it adds some water in their diet, which is good if you have one that's not drinking enough.

The only negative is that it can go rancid if it sits out longer than 2 hours before feeding it. And some horses don't like it soaked.
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post #3 of 18 Old 07-15-2009, 09:20 PM
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I feed my mare beet pulp: she loves it. I let it soak for about 10 minutes before giving it to her.

Oh luvs2ride- I didn't know that you could feed beet pulp unsoaked...i was told that if it wasn't soaked, it would expand in the horse's stomach, and cause them to colic. (which is the reason for soaking in the first place I suppose)

Im not sure, but I soak my horse's anyway! hahaha
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post #4 of 18 Old 07-15-2009, 09:42 PM
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No, you do not need to soak it. The acids in a horse's stomach begin to break down the beet pulp before it can expand. The only reason it could be dangerous is if the horse gulps his/her food and is prone to choke. Otherwise, it's just fine to feed dry, even the pelleted kind.
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post #5 of 18 Old 07-15-2009, 09:48 PM
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My horses love beet pulp. I feed it dry unless I am using it to hide medicine in, then I put water on it but not soak it. Its really helped my TB fill out.
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post #6 of 18 Old 07-15-2009, 09:53 PM
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I love beet pulp as a feed. Lower sugar than grains and more fiber. Its great if you need to put weight on a horse.

The only down side to beet pulp is if your pet squirrel gets a hold of the stuff you just soaked:
Beet Pulp Safety Warning (aka the famous squirrel story) - by Susan Evans Garlinghouse

All I pay my psychiatrist is cost of feed and hay, and he'll listen to me any day!

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post #7 of 18 Old 07-15-2009, 09:54 PM
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Beet Pulp is great stuff. Its great for adding on weight for sure, used it with great results!!
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Beet pulp is an excellent source of fat for horses, and it digests in the hind gut rather than the secum. This means that you can feed it at a high volume without the worry of it upsetting the pH of the hind gut, which other feeds (grains, complete feeds, etc) will do if they are fed at high volumes because they are digested in the secum, but if that overfills it will spill into the hind gut and disrupt it. When the hind gut pH is disrupted, you end up with founder, colic and in severe cases complete kidney failure.
So, yay beet pulp! As long as you are building up the amount slowly, you can end up giving them as much as they need for weight building and it is great for young horses along with 30-50% Alfalfa hay to keep the protein and calcium intake up. For young horses, nursing and pregnant horses and horses in work it is also a good idea to be adding a "multi-vitamin" that is balanced for your area and hay.

Good luck!
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post #9 of 18 Old 07-15-2009, 11:26 PM
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I love to feed beet pulp, but I've never fed it dry. The expansion thing is what I heard, and it's a reasonable assumption, so I'm definitely going to stick with soaking it. I've also had soaked beet pulp on hand for three days and it never went bad.

Anywho, it's great fiber, helps keep their poo in tidy "little" droppings. =] I typically only use it in the winter to keep my horse fat without going through a bunch of extra hay and grain. It's also really cheap, and lasts a ridiculously long time. Well, I have an easy keeper, so it might not last as long with a hard keeper.

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post #10 of 18 Old 07-16-2009, 12:03 AM
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Beet pulp is low in fat, 0.3-0.6%.

Beet Pulp, Pellets
Beet Pulp, Shreds

It is high in fiber and calories, but very low in fat.

BP is also low in Phosphorus, so if you're feeding more than 1-2 lbs (dry weight) a day, you should pair it with a high calcium feed like Alfalfa (pellets, hay, cubes, etc.) or add a supplement that is high in calcium and low in phosphorus.
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