Originally Posted by eventerdrew
My trainer is convinced that you HAVE to soak it overnight or they will colic.
I've read studies that show that you can actually feed it dry.
I soak it overnight because it's her barn. But if I were feeding my horse beet pulp shreds like she does, I'd soak it in warm water when I first get out to the barn, do a couple other things, then feed it to her.
What are your guys' opinions on feeding beet pulp dry?
It must not be an issue, I feed Nelson Tripple Crown Senior which has pellets and a ton of shredded beat pulp in it. I do not soak that. There are no instructions to soak it either.
Now, on the other hand, I feed Nelson shredded beat pulp on the side, along with about 3 other TB's at the barn I am currently at. I bring a large Termos out with me, full of hot water and I prepare the shredded beat pulp before I ride.
I allow the buckets to soak and then when I am done, I feed them.
So you can do either, or. I would say, talk to your vet.
Pretty much any vet I talk to about pelleted beat pulp, say soak for a good amount of time before feeding. When I was a Working Student, the BM had me soak the pelleted beat pulp during the morning chores, and then when they came in for the evening *5:00/6:00pm* I would dish it out for the horses.