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    02-10-2011, 09:39 AM
They do suggest you soak the pellets but not the shreds or flakes.

I personally soak EVERYTHING my horse gets I am parnoid that way
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    02-10-2011, 09:47 AM
Originally Posted by Peggysue    
they do suggest you soak the pellets but not the shreds or flakes.
Who is they?

I would think if you are going to soak one over the other it would be shreds/flakes. They seem like a much easier choke risk to me.
    02-10-2011, 10:18 AM
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.
    02-10-2011, 01:40 PM
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Thanks guys. Very informative!
    02-10-2011, 09:19 PM
The pellets are compressed therefore they expand more and faster.

Next time you are in town look for busted bags and grab a handful or each... bring it home put it in big bowl or bag or something and slowly add water until it won't take anymore

There was study done that the pellets ARE A hgiher choke risk becuase they expand SOOO MUCH as fast
    02-10-2011, 09:31 PM
We gave all of our horses beet pulp last year to gain weight.. Did not do anything to any of them. Not even our easy keepers. All it did was keep them full. I would recommend giving her alfalfa cubes. I pour a whole 50lb bag in a corner feeder in my horses stall, and he eats what he wants. At first, he went through it fast, but after a while, he slowed down, calmed down, and gained TONS of weight. Mines a really REALLY hard keeper, and this is the one thing that worked for him. Good luck(:
    02-11-2011, 08:21 AM
Originally Posted by Peggysue    
next time you are in town look for busted bags and grab a handful or each... bring it home put it in big bowl or bag or something and slowly add water until it won't take anymore
I have fed many a pound of both pelleted and shreds. No reason to grab them and compare.

The only horse I have ever known that has choked on dry beet pulp choked on shreds. He did fine with the pellets.
I believe the difference was he realized the pellets required chewing time and the shreds he just wolfed down.

beet pulp, feed, flakes, shreds

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