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post #11 of 28 Old 12-13-2010, 11:23 PM
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Thanks SR - I was beginning to think I was the only person who soaked beet pulp and gave a horse a hot...well, warm, meal. I have fed the pellets dry and had no issues. I just got a bit paranoid and decided to soak them.

The shreds I always soaked for fear my horses would choke. It might not ever happen, but it seems that if something bad can happen to a horse, it's going to happen to one of mine. Not Murphy's law...DEE's law.

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Thanks SR - I was beginning to think I was the only person who soaked beet pulp and gave a horse a hot...well, warm, meal. I have fed the pellets dry and had no issues. I just got a bit paranoid and decided to soak them.
You are certainly not the only one.

I soak it. The only time I feed beet pulp is in the winter and part of the reason I feed it is to get more liquids in my mare. She does not drink enough water (in my opinion) in the winter.

I was just saying before that soaking is not required. But heck, There is nothing better than the slurping noise a horse makes when they are eating a wet meal. Love that noise. Slurp slurp slurp followed by some licking and lip smacking.
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post #13 of 28 Old 12-14-2010, 10:03 AM
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You are certainly not the only one.

I soak it. The only time I feed beet pulp is in the winter and part of the reason I feed it is to get more liquids in my mare. She does not drink enough water (in my opinion) in the winter.

I was just saying before that soaking is not required. But heck, There is nothing better than the slurping noise a horse makes when they are eating a wet meal. Love that noise. Slurp slurp slurp followed by some licking and lip smacking.
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post #14 of 28 Old 12-14-2010, 10:19 AM
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Thanks SR - I was beginning to think I was the only person who soaked beet pulp and gave a horse a hot...well, warm, meal.
Oh heck no, dee! There are plenty of us who like to give our horses warm, wet meals in the winter.

Mine are extremely pampered barn pets. If I could find a way to housebreak them, I'd probably bring them inside!
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post #15 of 28 Old 12-14-2010, 10:47 AM
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I always soak my beetpulp. Dont want to take any chance with choke.
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post #16 of 28 Old 12-14-2010, 11:21 AM
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Mine are extremely pampered barn pets. If I could find a way to housebreak them, I'd probably bring them inside!
Mine might not have a pretty barn with nice stalls, but they are spoiled pretty rotten. Soda refuses to move too far out of his portion of the lean to when we had our last storm..... So I brought water over to him so he could drink. Even my horsie friends laughed at me for spoiling him!

I probably would bring them inside if I could housebreak them too. Told mom and dad that I will build them a new barn as long as it has an apartment up top for me to live in.
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post #17 of 28 Old 12-14-2010, 11:32 AM
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I probably would bring them inside if I could housebreak them too. Told mom and dad that I will build them a new barn as long as it has an apartment up top for me to live in.
Now there's an idea. If hubby and I ever build another house, that's what I'm going to do! Barn downstairs and living quarters upstairs...wait a minute - I'm too old for stairs. Living quarters in the rear!

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Actually MN and dee, they do make house/barn combos. The barn is at one end of the structure, and the house is at the other end.

There's a place near where I live that has one. It's an interesting looking building, and I'm envious that they don't have to go outside in bad weather to feed the horses.
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post #19 of 28 Old 12-14-2010, 11:35 AM
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It does seem odd that they think a stranger may have come by and given the pellets as a treat. I would think it would have to be a pretty significant amount to expand to the point of causing death. Not just a few handfuls from a stranger wanting to give a treat. I think they are missing something here.

But yes, when I feed the shreds, I soak them. Mainly because I want to increase water intake this time of year too, since they don't particularly like the icy water in the pastures, and drink less.

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That would be really nice. There are days I hate going outside to feed too, generally when it's -20.
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