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post #1 of 11 Old 04-10-2012, 03:53 PM Thread Starter
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beet pulp

I'm sure there is a thread on this already, but I couldnmt find it on a search and everything on google is confusing me...

I'm looking to change my horse over to beet pulp. He is a blegian, and as a draft I have him on a preventative EPSM diet. Currently he gets a high fat/low starch pellet with oil mixed in it... I've heard good things about beet pup, but I'm not sure how much to feed or how to figure out the ration I would need to feed my horse. Any advice on getting started is appeciated.
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post #2 of 11 Old 04-10-2012, 05:32 PM
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Start small. Are you feeding flake or pellet? How big is your horse and what else does he eat? If you feed pellet and soak it, it expands like 10X the amount, so keep that in mind. Flake expands less with soaking, but it does expand. Since I don't know which your feeding, I would say soak 1 to 2 cups to start to let him get used to it and increase slowly. His size and other feed portions will be helpful to know.
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he is a 2y/o belgian gelding, about 16.3h and 1400lb and still growing... I haven't switched over to beet pulp yet, hems currently getting 1lb of Blue Seal Demand (high fat/low starch pelleted grain) and 2 cups of canola oil twice daily and a bale of hay a day... ((darn drafty)) He's maintaining weight well with his growth and not overweight or underweight, so his current grain is adequate, I just don't know what the beet pulp equivalent would be to the grain (he will still be getting oil in the beet pulp).
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I feed 12 cups a day dry and soak it and split it between two horses. I was wondering if I should up it a bit.
Will be watching this thread too.
I also feed my TB Oil on a flake a alfalfa too.
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Beet pulp isn't a substitute for grain. It doesn't have the same nutrition in it.

All the horses where I board get soaked beet pulp at night but it's in addition to their grain, not a substitute.
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i've actually been told that feeding beet pulp can be a substitute for grain and make up 50% of the horse's diet, reducing the ammount of forage needed. I definitely will not be feeding grain and beet bulp. He gets supplements added to his feed, so they will be added along with the oil in the beet pulp.
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Make sure to check with your Vet on that.

Mine was extremely clear that I was not to decrease the amount of grain or hay my horse gets when he told me to add in beet pulp.
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both my tb mares get soaked beet pulp morning and night along with rice bran and i have recently added a ration balancer. they do not get any sort of hard grain.
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I'm not a huge fan of feeding grain, he gets the small ammount he does now just so he gets his oil and supplements. We have VERY good quality hay and if I could, I would take him off "feed" altogether and have him living off forage/hay, but with im being on the EPSM diet, he needs the oil and our region is very low on selenium so we supplement that as well as supplement for his growth. My vet doesnmt give his horses grain either, so I'm sure I wouldnmt get any objections from him.

This post was just meant to ask advice on how people are rationing their beet pulp... I'm very confused on the whole ,thi many cups dry equals this many pounds soaked" and how much to give.
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If you're only giving a tiny amount of grain, then it shouldn't be a problem to switch.

As far as quantity, my Vet said you could give a horse a 5lb bucket of it with no ill affects (he wasn't suggesting that... just letting me know that I could give my horse an "extra" meal of it after a good workout since I struggle to keep weight on him).

We give the "fat" horses a quart of it at night (measured AFTER soaking), the normal horses get 1 1/2qts and the senior or those we struggle to keep weight on get 3qts.

As far as dry to soaked ratio, it's going to depend on if you use pellets or shreds. We fill a bucket 2/3rds full of water and pour in 1 1/2qts of pellets or 3qts of the shreds. That makes enough for the whole barn. We just kinda played with the water/beet pulp ratio until we figured it out.

Oh and if you choose to use pellets, they take FOREVER to soak. We set them to soak right after the night feeding so they are ready the next night.
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