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post #11 of 20 Old 05-20-2012, 11:47 PM
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I've heard beet pulp isnt fantastic because it doesnt have a whole lot of nutrients. Is that true?
Not sure of the specifics of beet pulp, nutrient-wise. But that could be said of just about any single ingredient, including pasture/hay that we feed. Unless we're talking a premixed feed/ration balancer that has nutrients added in appropriate balance & amounts(& many commercial feeds aren't either, despite marketing), horse's diets are likely to be deficient/imbalanced in a range of nutrients, so require supplementation *appropriate to the diet they're getting*.

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No offence, to all of you, but honestly, im going to take the advice of my vet. Ive been jumping him for the last year without any problems, so i see no reason to stop
No offence taken in the least. You should do what you feel is right for your horse. I don't think it's a good idea to take anyone's word for it blindly, especially when it contradicts your vet. I would just personally consider that taking your vet's word for it without very good reason may also be worth analysing too, because they generally don't know everything about everything, so someone with more knowledge & experience in it area could be better. Like getting a farrier out for hoof care & issues, rather than a vet.
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post #12 of 20 Old 06-14-2012, 04:57 PM Thread Starter
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Opinions? Has he put on weight so far? Its been almost a month since i posted the other pictures. I think he's put on weight, but it could just be me.
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post #13 of 20 Old 06-14-2012, 05:08 PM Thread Starter
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Excuse the dirt. I wasnt riding that day, i had just gone out to feed him :)

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I think he's looking good
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You can definitely notice a difference, looking much better!

I love love love beet pulp for safe weight gain. I have both of my ottb's on it, one of which was very colic prone until I started her on a high fat/fiber feed and beet pulp. Nutritionally I don't believe it offers much, but it's got a higher calorie content than hay and is high in fiber, so supplemented with a ration balancer or complete feed there shouldn't be a problem with not getting the proper nutrients.
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Thanks guys! Its such a relief to know that im not the only one seeing a difference!! He's on a high fat feed, i cant think of the name right now, but its little black balls (kinda looks like rabit or deer droppings) and actually smells delicious lol. He gets a scoop and a half of that and a 1/4 cup of corn oil once a day. And free choice hay all day long.

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He gets a scoop and a half of that and a 1/4 cup of corn oil once a day. And free choice hay all day long.
Little & often is best, for oil as well. Horses don't naturally have the enzymes needed to digest oil/fat, so it's important to build up to whatever amount very gradually & feed it in small amounts as many times daily as possible, if you want them to get the goodness from it.
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Well done OP! He's looking SO much better! :)

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Little & often is best, for oil as well. Horses don't naturally have the enzymes needed to digest oil/fat, so it's important to build up to whatever amount very gradually & feed it in small amounts as many times daily as possible, if you want them to get the goodness from it.
Unfortunately they only offer special feeding once a day. And I figure it's better than nothing!
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Well done OP! He's looking SO much better! :)
Thanks sooo much! The positive feedback makes me feel so good!
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