Originally Posted by cowgirllinda1952 View Post
I keep hearing about the benefits of beet pulp. Where do you buy it? Do you soak it first, and what is the cost? The same questions also regarding the flax seed, is it actual seeds? What dept is it in? Do you buy these at the feed stores or what? I have a very thin mare, who I am trying my best to get healthy. I'm feeding Safechoice, stabilized rice bran, and electrolytes. The pasture she is on is very sandy.
I get my beet pulp at TSC (Tractor Supply Company) but you should be able to get it at any feed store. I prefer the pellets, and you absolutely need to soak it I think the bag says like 1:2 ratio beet pulp:water and let it soak for at least an hour or two. You can also get shredded beet pulp it takes up more room and is less dense then the pellets so I double what I feed if I end up with shredded. The benefits are it is considered a forage I am in Fl where hay is expensive so I use beet pulp to help meet their forage requirements, I think I read it can be used to fill 50% of their forage requirements, it is 6% protein low carbs and sugar so it is cool calories, adding water to it adds water to your horses gut, if you feel it when it is wet is slimy and all that sliminess helps push everything through their gut. As far as the cost I imagine if differs everywhere, in Fl we seem to pay a premium for everything, I think I am paying $15 for a 40lb bag, at TSC but for one horse that would last quite a while. But you also need to feed hay to put weight on a horse, they are designed to eat forage, so make sure she is getting enough hay as well.
Flax has a lot of nutritional benefits good for adding fat to a diet, omega 3 & 6 it needs to be ground though for the horse to get the benefits, otherwise they have to chew it good and most horses would not chew it good enough to get the benefits.
I feed a fat supplemet from Smartpak called gleam and gain it has stabalized flax seeds, rice bran, and soy oil I really could see a difference in my hard to keep horse within two weeks of using it.
Hopes this helps.