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    04-09-2013, 06:47 PM
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Yeah really bought one bag horses would touch the stuff ended up giving it to a friend. Her horses wouldn't touch it either..

Alfalfa is 19 a bag at least my horses will eat it but I don't buy it that much. Id rather just feed hay. Hays a lot cheaper then bagged feed.
     
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    04-10-2013, 02:02 AM
  #12
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Malarky...that is not a scientific study, that is one vets opinion. Here's a vet that says the exact opposite, and this one is from 2013, not 1982 when the one you posted was written.

Feeding Beet Pulp to Horses - Southern States

Too many people use it with fantastic results for it to be as "toxic" as he says. However, as with most things in life, "too much of a good thing can be very bad". You only feed small amounts, they recommend 1 to 2 pounds a day, weighed dry and fed either dry or soaked.

I wish I could show the pictures of how my foster horse is looking after just 30 days of good food and care. I started him out with just a handful of soaked beet pulp and 1/2 a pound of SouthernStates.com: Legends Performance Textured 50lb 4 times a day with 24/7 free choice hay. I worked him up to (and we're holding steady at) 1/2 pound dry BP with 1 1/2 pound of Legend morning and night . He also gets lunch and an afternoon snack of 1/2 pound soaked BP with 1 pound Legends each.

I was having difficulties getting that last little bit of weight up on Faydes spine, so I started giving her a handful in her feed as well...within 2 weeks her spine was noticeably better covered. I highly recommend it, especially if you have an older horse having trouble getting through the winter.
     
    04-10-2013, 06:49 AM
  #13
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But but....I thought they couldn't put anything on the internet that isn't true.....
Uh, bonjour!
     
    04-10-2013, 07:05 AM
  #14
Weanling
I feed beet pulp in addition to alfalfa chaff, coarse mix and bran, and I find it fab for keeping condition and maintaining a high fibre diet with greater calorie intake. It is high in calcium, so you have to balance it properly, especially with young stock, but that's the same with any feed... Feed oats on their own and you have too high starch and phosphorus, for example. You have to balance the ration, and as a high fibre, high calcium, high calorie feed you have to use it when it is required.

I've always found my horses love it, but I only feed a measuring cups worth before soaking in a large feed, so it's far from the only ingredient. I also always feed unmolassed!
     
    04-10-2013, 08:24 AM
  #15
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I don't know how it happened but I was able to take a boney arabian and have him properly filled out and tearing around the place in 6 weeks on decent hay, deworming, and oats. The oats started at 1 cup daily (split into two feedings) then gradually over several weeks to 4lbs. When he starting racing around and I mean flat out go as hard as he could, he began to muscle up nicely. I'd heard of beet pulp but the oats and timothy hay were working. None of my horses ever lose weight over the winter. I can't stress enough that we need to provide loose salt as well as a lick. A horse does not ingest enough salt from a lick. Research now proves this. Without adequate salt intake a horse will not be as thrifty as it could be. Sodium and potassium dwell in a delicate balance. So please, buy a box of pickling salt and add some household salt. The horses love the coarse texture of the pickling salt.When do my horses take in the most salt? As soon as they start eating hay.
     
    04-10-2013, 12:10 PM
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Originally Posted by Saddlebag    
I don't know how it happened but I was able to take a boney arabian and have him properly filled out and tearing around the place in 6 weeks on decent hay, deworming, and oats. The oats started at 1 cup daily (split into two feedings) then gradually over several weeks to 4lbs. When he starting racing around and I mean flat out go as hard as he could, he began to muscle up nicely. I'd heard of beet pulp but the oats and timothy hay were working. None of my horses ever lose weight over the winter. I can't stress enough that we need to provide loose salt as well as a lick. A horse does not ingest enough salt from a lick. Research now proves this. Without adequate salt intake a horse will not be as thrifty as it could be. Sodium and potassium dwell in a delicate balance. So please, buy a box of pickling salt and add some household salt. The horses love the coarse texture of the pickling salt.When do my horses take in the most salt? As soon as they start eating hay.
Off topic, but since you mention salt intake and hay. I learned many many moons ago that you salt hay for storage. It pulls out excess moisture, frees the essential oils and makes it more palatable. It works.
Unfortunately NOBODY knows this anymore, let alone does it.
     

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