Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: North Dakota, USA
You don't need to soak it for 12 hours. We use hot water and it's ready in less than 1 hour.
With the same amount of shreds vs pellets when dry, the pellets will end up being more, close to twice as much. At least that's what happened for us. We used to put two scoops of the shredded in a bucket and when we switched to pellets, we only needed one scoop to get the same amount. We had heard that the shredded was more prone to cause choke because the shredded pieces were bigger, even though we had no problem with that. The reason we switched was because the pellets were cheaper. Also the shredded had more molasses in it.
We had one horse that wouldn't touch the beet pulp at first. We had to slowly increase the amount in her sweet feed. After she got used to it, there was a bag of dry BP that she attacked to get some. Luckily, she didn't get the bag open and we were there to stop her. The rest of our horses seemed to like it right away.
I think the only difference betwen the two, shreds vs pellets, is that the pellets are made by grinding up the shreds and pressing into pellets. We get the pellets that have been rolled. It breaks the pellets up a little. So, I think there's not much difference in nutrition between the two.
Everyone should be allowed at least one bad habit, and that's NOT owning a horse! Mares RULE! Geldings drool!