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post #1 of 17 Old 12-20-2010, 12:28 AM Thread Starter
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Water to Beet Pulp Ratio

Hey HF. I've never fed beet pulp before so I need to know what the water to beet pulp ratio is. Me and my mom need to start using it. We couldn't buy as much hay as we wanted this year due to cost and beet pulp is cheaper than getting a bunch more hay. We're rationing our hay but for added nutrients and feed we give a complete feed and sweet feed mix. I think we're gonna start moving away from sweet feed and use beet pulp instead because from what I understand there are more nutrients in it then sweet feed.

How much water to beet pulp do I do to make it proper?
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post #2 of 17 Old 12-20-2010, 03:42 AM
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There have been several studies done recently that show that you don't actually need to soak beet pulp, though I don't know many horses that would eat the pellets or shredded beet pulp dry. I always took a 2 gallon bucket, filled it about half full with beet pulp (thats what my mare needed in addition to her hay and supplements), and filled it just so the water was completely covering the top of the pellets. From what I've been told you can use less water for the shredded beet pulp. I don't know if there is a "scientific" ratio that is most commonly used, I just always did it that way cause thats what everyone in Pony Club, and my barn did who fed beet pulp.
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post #3 of 17 Old 12-20-2010, 08:10 PM Thread Starter
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I only need enough for 2 ponies for 2 feeds a day. I'll make it the night before. I just need to know how much water to soak a scoop or 2 in. You know those big handled scoops.
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How much does a scoop weigh?

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post #5 of 17 Old 12-20-2010, 09:31 PM
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If I do one pound of beet pulp it takes about 2 gallons of water

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post #6 of 17 Old 12-20-2010, 09:44 PM
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We can only get fairly large pellets (more like mini-cubes) here and I'd hate to see a horse try to eat those dry.

Our ratio to start with here is 1 part pellets to 2 parts water. Then play with it to find out what the horse likes. I would make mine the night before to be ready the next day any time. Minimum 12 hour soak for our mini-cubes. EVen in the summer where temps are in the 20 degree celcius range, 24 hour soaking did no harm.
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post #7 of 17 Old 12-20-2010, 10:46 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks northern Mama. Velvet I'm not sure how heavy the scoops are. I'll get a picture to show the size.
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post #8 of 17 Old 12-20-2010, 11:01 PM
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I would always soak sugarbeet. There have been horses die from unsoaked beet.

Anyway I was always taught 1 part sugarbeet to 3 parts water, how correct that Is i don't know but It always works for me.

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post #9 of 17 Old 12-20-2010, 11:16 PM
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We use garbage bins to make our beet pulp at the barn. One usually feeds about 20 horses so I doubt you'll be needing that much!! :P We Put about 6 scoops (the metal scoops that people usually use for hay cubes) in and then fill them with water. It probably ends up being about a 3 to 1 water to beet pulp ratio. We use cold water so it does have to soak for a few hours. At a friend's barn they use tap hot water and again about a 3 to 1 ratio and the beet pulp mixes up in less than half an hour - you do have to feed it quickly though as making it with hot water will cause it to go bad faster.

Although you don't have to soak it, it is also good for getting some extra water into the horses, although it is not a substitute for giving free choice water.

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post #10 of 17 Old 12-21-2010, 02:34 PM Thread Starter
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I was always taught you need to soak it but thanks guys. And I was taught it goes bad fairly fast. I used to make it at the barn I worked at but they just told us how much water in a certain bucket with how ever many scoops. We fed 18 horses beet pulp. I have 2 at home.
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