12-13-2010, 01:12 PM
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I agree...the horse could have died from any ailment. Can't say it was from unsoaked beet pulp.
I have fed beet pulp for YEARS...I personally love the stuff. I have fed both shredded and the pellets, and I have fed both either wet or dry.
I do prefer to soak it, as it is a great way to hide meds, supplements, even dewormer if need be. It also is more palatable for horses to eat when soaked...most my horses wouldn't eat it dry, but some would.
Yes it expands quite a bit, but if you also notice it expands faster in hot water then cold, it also only expands as much as it has liquid to absorb.
Horses aren't walking around with 3 gallons of water in their stomachs...so beet pulp eaten dry wont expand as much as it would sitting in a bucket of hot water.
Now choke is a different story...that would be my main concern w feeding dry beet pulp. But that being said a horse can choke on hay too. That it why its important to ensure your horses teeth are up to date in dental care, and that horse that are bolters are fed adequately.