Originally Posted by Azale1
How much beet pulp should be fed?
We feed our horses about 1 pound (dry weight) per feeding. We soak it for about an hour or so in lots of water, then drain the water off. We use a five gallon bucket with LOTS of holes drilled in the bottom to soak the beet pulp - we set the bucket in one of the feed tubs and fill both up with water. When you lift the five gallon bucket out of the tub of water, it starts to drain - by the time we carry it to the area where we store our feed (about 20 feet or so) a lot of the water has drained out - carrying the excess molasses with it.
This winter, we will likely use a different bucket to soak the feed - one without holes in the bottom. We'll soak the beet pulp in the house using hot water, and probably won't drain it. The excess water will moisten the alfalfa pellets when we mix the feed, and the horses will have a nice warm meal.
Also - it's just a matter of preference - but we buy pelleted beet pulp. Occasionally, we don't have time to soak the beet pulp, and the horses are just as happy with the whole pellets dry. I would hesitate to feed the shredded beet pulp dry - it could cause choking...