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        12-14-2010, 11:45 PM
    Originally Posted by Speed Racer    
    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.
    Yup. I've seen them. There's a really nice one not too far from here. It's HUGE! I bet there are 20 or more stalls in the barn, plus extra room for hay and whatnot. The liviing quarters for this place are up above. They have a great big deck out the front end. I told my hubby that would be our next dream house. He said it was fine, but the hay had to be kept elsewhere, 'cuz he wasn't about to live over that much fire fodder!
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        12-17-2010, 05:12 AM
    You have to soak copra meal as well, it swells in their stomach as well.
        12-17-2010, 06:25 AM
    I have fed both speedi beet and copra dry with no issues - but I'm with most, I prefer to soak it.
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        12-17-2010, 08:56 AM
    Green Broke
    Originally Posted by lilruffian    
    It would be good to know the cause of death with this horse... beet pulp does expand but studies have been done that prove it doesn't expand enough that the horse's stomach can't handle it. Their stomachs are quite large & have the ability to expand as well.
    An issue that can occur, however when fed dry is that if it is fed to a horse that tends to eat treats/food quickly it will expand as it goes down the throat & may cause suffocation if not taken care of.
    A similar thing happened to a friend's horse when her bf's mother unknowingly fed him beet pulp pellets. He started choking & having troubles with his breathing so they took him to the vet. By the time they got there he had begun to come back around but they still had the vet flush his throat out.
    This isn't very common, but it does happen if the horse doesnt chew his food properly.
    ^^ What she said.

    I have fed beet pulp for years, dry and wet, without any problems. Now, I do have two horses that will choke on dry pellets of ANY kind because they eat too fast, and one gets nervous during feeding time if there is any horses being moved around before he's done (which makes choking worse). They get their food wet, and I use alfalfa hay pellets, which do not expand very much. The water in their food seems to slow them down a bit and makes going down easier.

    So, choking is only a concern IF your horse is already prone to choke on pelleted feed.

    Some information on beet pulp (I haven't read through the thread, so excuse me if these have already been posted):
    Horse Feeding Myths and Misconceptions
    The Myths and Reality of Beet Pulp - Susan Evans Garlinghouse (soaking information is about 2/3rds the way down)
    Beet Pulp (soaking information towards the bottom)
        12-17-2010, 08:59 AM
    Green Broke
    Originally Posted by elizbeth    
    My quarter horse coliced and the vet blamed it on the beet pulp that I had fed him. I was told by the feed store that it could be fed soaked or dry. Dry seemed easier so that's the method I used. Until he coliced. Now I still feed shredded beet pulp but always soak it. I let it soak over night for the morning feed and through the day for the evening feed. One concern my vet had was the moisture being pulled from the horses system when the beetpulp did expand in the stomach. This could be a problem for a horse that is not taking in enough fluids to help digest the dry beetpulp. I am definitely not an expert but I would soak it. Im too scared not to but that is just me. I would advise just watching any horse and do what works for that individual horse
    I would find a new vet. He does not know what he's talking about.

    Also, soaking beet pulp longer than 4 hours can cause it to go rancid in warm weather. If you feed shredded beet pulp, you only need to soak it for 30-45 minutes.
        12-17-2010, 09:46 AM
    Question - do you have to soak shredded beat pulp? I feed Tripple Crown Senior that is a mixture of both pellets and shredded, and I do not soak it. Someone told me I should be soaking it because it has the shredded in it, but the bag doesn't have any of that information on it.
        12-17-2010, 09:48 AM
    MIE, read the thread and read the links posted 2 posts above yours.

    Short answer - No, you do not have to soak it.
        12-17-2010, 11:31 AM
    Green Broke
    Come to think of it, after going back to the original article, no vet was ever mentioned in the news report, only the word of what one police officer said. How much does this cop know about equine health? I'm guessing not much. I think it was entirely speculation and there are no facts at all to say beet pulp was the cause of death.

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