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    03-06-2013, 01:33 AM
Originally Posted by alexischristina    
Okay guys, short question. Does anybody have the basic 'x kg of beet pulp per y kg of horse'?
I can't find it ANYWHERE, and would like to see the ranges for maintenance / weight gain. I've seen studies saying you can replace up to 50% of forage with beet pulp (huh, interesting) but nothing on how much per horse on top of forage.
Beet pulp gives you about 1/3 more digestable fiber than an equal weight in hay.

As for weight gain I find beet pulp works well with copra. Both easily digestable fiber with low NSC.
Beet pulp is high in Ca with little or no P. Copra has higher P and low Ca. So they compliment each other (you need a higher Ca to P ratio). Of course all mineral needs and ratios really should be taken into account (iron, copper, etc....)
Good for horses thay need help putting on weight, but if you have easier keepers you won't want to give them to much and just rely on less fattening forage for more of the diet.
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    03-06-2013, 06:06 PM
There's no set rule for how much to feed a horse because horses all have different rates of metabolism. It has very little nutritional value, so it's not like fortified grain or a ration balancer where there's a minimum amount you need to feed in order to supply the horse with enough vitamins/minerals. For weight gain, you usually start off with a small amount (maybe 1-2 lbs, measured dry) and increase or decrease until you're seeing the results you want.

If you're feeding it to replace hay, you'd want to replace an equivalent amount based on digestible energy, not by weight. As its lbs not miles mentioned, beet pulp is higher in DE, so you'd replace 5 lbs of grass hay with ~3.5-4 lbs of beet pulp.
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