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post #1 of 6 Old 08-08-2013, 02:51 PM Thread Starter
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Citrus pulp?

Hi all, so most of you probably know by now that I'm in the process of buying a big ol' draft horse, final test is this Saturday!!!!!!! The current owners are feeding him a mixed diet of hay, beet pulp and he is able to graze. I currently have access to Citrus Pulp and I was wondering if someone could explain to me the difference between the two and whether or not it would be ok to feed a horse citrus pulp?
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post #2 of 6 Old 08-08-2013, 03:07 PM
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Is there some reason you can't get beet pulp? You can feed citrus pulp, but I'd be concerned about the citric acid content.

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It's a little more difficult to find than the citrus pulp and I would be able to get the citrus pulp for a great price, but if there's a difference in the quality of the feed then I'm not about to get it just to save a dollar!! I thought too that maybe the citric acid levels would be too high, I saw online that some people mix it with barley... I think I'm just going to ask the current owners where they get their beet pulp and stick with that! I don't really want to change his diet anyway, especially not right away.
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If the horse is 5 yrs or older you can feed Senior horse feed. It contains beet pulp and additional oils. A horse doesn't have to be old to eat Senior feed. I've never heard of anyone feeding citrus pulp and it's not something I'd feed but that's just my choosing. I like the way a horse looks after 30 days of Senior added to the diet. You don't have to feed what the bag recommends - 3 lbs twice daily is plenty.
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With all the concerns and awareness to problems caused by high starch and high sugar feeds now there seem to be lots of beet pulp based complete feeds on the market so shouldn't be hard to find something
I'd never heard of feeding citrus pulp to horses - probably because the UK isn't exactly known for growing those sort of things. I looked it up out of curiosity and the only thing I could find related to it and horses was some advice that it should make up no more than 25% of the feed
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post #6 of 6 Old 08-08-2013, 05:21 PM
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First I've heard of feeding citrus pulp to horses, as well. The first few links that came up on a Google search weren't particularly helpful as far as its nutritional profile, but it does sound like it's used in the same manner as beet pulp.
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