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post #1 of 13 Old 01-10-2012, 04:36 PM Thread Starter
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Question Can you substitute beet pulp for grain?

I was curious to know if I could substitute my horse's grain for beet pulp pellets? Currently for his daily grain ration is 2 quarts of Purina Strategy and 3 cups soaked beet pulp pellets. He's doing really well with the beet pulp and I just wanted to see if anyone else does this. The only reason he gets Purina Strategy is because my trainer said it has some roughage in it. But it doesn't have as much as the beet pulp does, so I think he could do without it...He's an easy keeper 6 year old Paint Horse gelding. 15 hh, and 1150lbs. He's not in hard work, only being ridden about 4-5 times a week (more or less as my schedule and the weather allows) for about 1- 1 1/2 hours. Thanks in advance!
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post #2 of 13 Old 01-10-2012, 04:39 PM
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The grain is fortified with vitamins and minerals, whereas the beet pulp isn't.

You CAN switch over to nothing but beet pulp, but you need to make sure your horse is getting good, quality hay and plenty of it in order to keep up his vitamin and mineral intake.

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The grain is fortified with vitamins and minerals, whereas the beet pulp isn't.

You CAN switch over to nothing but beet pulp, but you need to make sure your horse is getting good, quality hay and plenty of it in order to keep up his vitamin and mineral intake.
I only listed his grain ration. He gets plenty of hay, don't worry(: He's not a senior with no teeth, so I'm not switching him over to nothing but beet pulp. And he has an apple flavored mineral block 24/7 that he LOVES. So, no need to worry about vitamin and minerals.
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Another thing you can do is switch from the regular "Strategy" to "Strategy Healthy Edge." It has all the vitamins, etc, plus beet pulp and other fermentable roughages in it. I've seen a lot of horses who do well on Strategy do even better on the Strategy Healthy Edge.
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Another thing you can do is switch from the regular "Strategy" to "Strategy Healthy Edge.
I'm fine with the grain he has now, I'm having no problems with it. I just wanted to know if I could substitute it with beet pulp, since he already gets a little more beet pulp than strategy. I just wanted to know if it was healthy, or a good idea or not or if any one else does this.
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If he's an easy keeper, than do away with all the BP. BP is a forage feed not a concentate like grains. BP is an expensive forage as well costing you 2-3X hay.
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No no no no. I am not feeding it instead of hay. I'm seeing if I can feed it instead of GRAIN. It's actually cheaper because I would only go through 1 bag per month at $14 per bag, as apposed to 2 bags of Purina Strategy per month at $16 per bag. I was just asking to make sure that he'd get all the nutrients and what not that he needs.
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Grain is protein, even sold in protein percentages (eg-in winter when my horses work less I switched to a 12% protein from 16% when they are in heavy work). Beet Pulp is for carbohydrates, really not much protein.
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The answer to your question is yes and no.. :) Beet Pulp falls between forage(grass or hay) and grain.. It is safe to feed in bulk, grain is not.. If your horse does not NEED grain then beet pulp is a good feed to use instead of grain. Just be sure that your horse has good quality hay and/or grass.

Check this article for more info on the advantages of Beet Pulp.
The Myths and Reality of Beet Pulp - Susan Evans Garlinghouse

I fed my aged appy Beet pulp along with alfalfa pellets for a long time as he couldn't utilize his hay/grass as well as he once had due to dental issues(age related). I could add whatever I wanted to it (pretty much) as I soaked it. He needed all the help he could get. :)

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Although you can, I wouldn't.

If anything, I would stop feeding the beet pulp and just feed strategy.

I have always been a HUGE fan of Safe Choice and Strategy is just about the same thing just a different brand.
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