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    09-01-2011, 02:28 PM
Dry beet pulp works fine until it doesn't. Same with pellets, which is why I'll never feed them unsoaked, either.

If a horse bolts his food, put salt block or stones into bin to slow him down/buy that gizmo.

It's not rocket science.
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    09-01-2011, 02:31 PM
Originally Posted by Northern    
Dry beet pulp works fine until it doesn't.
Just like everything else in life.

I think it is safe to say if you have a horse and it has been eating dry beet pulp or dry pellets or <insert other things> for many many years it is as safe as you can be to continue to be feeding it.

Because my friend's horse could not eat anything but dry horse pellets with out having a case of choke does not mean I will stop giving my horses mashes. (Yes, this horse would choke on a mash if it was not made into totally liquid consistency. )
    09-01-2011, 02:32 PM
From what I read in an equine nutrition book (the title and author escape me at the moment, but I will post those later), beet pulp shreds can be fed dry, but beet pulp pellets must be soaked.

Another note of BP, only feed dry BP to horses that are well hydrated. If you think your horse hasn't had enough to drink on a given day, hold the BP until he has had a big drink and/or soak the BP.
    09-01-2011, 02:37 PM
Originally Posted by Northern    

If a horse bolts his food, put salt block or stones into bin to slow him down/buy that gizmo.
Using a salt block in this manner can lead to a horse getting far more salt than they really need or would eat on their own.

Note - I am not saying using a salt block this way is evil or anything, just pointing out this fact.
    09-01-2011, 09:21 PM
I was referring to the success that poster here had with it because her horse needed more salt. Of course, I wasn't saying it's impossible to overdose your horse on salt or anything else.
    09-01-2011, 10:36 PM
My daughter's horse choked on dry BP. I didn't even know we had that stuff on the place, previous owner of her new horse gave her some, she put the container in the breezeway of the barn instead of the feed freezer, lets the old horse out to graze in the yard & leaves. I come home & find the poor guy foaming from the nose, call her & the vet. I know he's choking, but on what? Vet starts tubing him & knows it's BP right away, by that time my daughter has showed up & says oops forgot about the BP that was given to me for the new horse. We checked, he ate a tub of it. The old boy was perfectly fine the next morning. As the choke victim got older in his years, I did eventually buy him BP but it was soaked overnight & dumped on top of his flake of hay, never choked again. I will occassionally feed soaked BP to my current 2 horses, same way, soaked overnight & spread on top of a hay flake, no chokes. After seeing a horse choke & foam up like that, I would never risk feeding it dry.
    09-02-2011, 12:44 AM
Green Broke
All the horses at my trainer's barn are given soaked beet pulp but one. We've only had one choking incident, guess which horse...... the one who DOESN'T get beet pulp. Toothless pony who somehow managed to choke on her soaked hay pellets.

My gelding gets 1 1/2 scoops of beet pulp (soaked) nightly, plus a scoop for lunch when it's ridiculously hot (gets extra water into him) and he's never choked.

I had a toddler choke on a Cheerio, shall I go on and on about how evil Cheerios are and how nobody should ever allow a child to eat them?
    09-18-2011, 05:22 PM
Just a quick note to say that Sugar is doing well. She is eating soaked hay cubes, and minerals, and grass. I haven't had the courage to try bp yet although I have my other mare back on it and I'm doing well. I stay with all the horses all the time when they eat, just something I do now...
Ayla is riding Sugar and she is more like her normal self, we did use essential oils to help her and I must say they are amazing, now using them on my other horses! Thankyou for all your advice and help and experiences, It really helped me with my journey with Sugar.
    09-18-2011, 08:11 PM
Horses very rarely choke on grass because they can't bolt it down. When feeds are put in a pail or corner feeder the small confines allow the horse to literally fill his face. It's best to use the biggest feed pan you can get so that the feed can be scattered and the horse nibbles it rather than bolting it down.
    01-02-2012, 11:53 AM
Beat pulp is great when in the right hands. For two full sized 1200# qh's, I put about 1 cup of beat pulp in a full sized coffee can, than fill the coffee can up to about the top of the lid and let the beat pulp soak over night in the fridge. If it's winter, I will add warm water to it to make it a warm treat. Both of my horses love it! As do my vets. Many barns you go to will turn their noses up at BP and give a few lectures on why they wont feed it blah blahh blahhh. Well, those barn owners haven't really done their 'research' if you will. It's great for any horse because it cleans out a horses system. Prevents both sand and any other colic. It pushes threw anything that is stuck in your horses stomach. It's great for older horses too! Keeps your horses weight healthy and adds much water and moisture into your horses body. More water is always good! Rice bran may add weight onto your horse and may give him or her a shiney coat, but it can not do as much as the BP, such as pushing things threw the horses stomach that don't belong there! I've been feeding BP for 7 years now and not once have I ran into a horse that has chocked or has any problems on it. All good over here! :):)

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