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    12-21-2010, 02:46 PM
I use beet pulp. I prefer pelleted, but shredded works fine too.

Y'all are making this harder than it has to be. I sure as heck don't soak it overnight!

When I'm measuring out the beet pulp rations, I put them in the horses' feed pans dry, along with their other feed.

I have a bucket of hot water, and add enough water to each feed pan to completely cover the feed/beet pulp mixture.

It takes about 5 minutes for the feed/beet pulp to soak up the water. Once the water's soaked up, I stir the mixture with a wooden spoon to break up any clumps, then give it to the horses.

Really, there's no reason to soak beet pulp overnight unless you have an IR/Cushings horse, and the beet pulp needs to be drained before it's fed.
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    12-21-2010, 03:42 PM
I totally agree with SR.

I tend to soak mine from one meal to the next only because it is just easier for me. Can not really do this in the summer because it gets rancid.

If your horses need more water add more water, if your horses drink fine on their own add less water.
When I am soaking I generally completely cover what I am soaking with water and then add a little bit more water. (Obviously not overly scientific.)

This is an informative read about beet pulp.

Originally Posted by faye    
I would always soak sugarbeet. There have been horses die from unsoaked beet.
Horses die from lots of things. I highly doubt unsoaked beet pulp is any where near the top of the list of things that cause horses problems.
Most complete and senior feeds have unsoaked beet pulp as a major ingredient. Horses on those feed are not dying left and right.
    12-21-2010, 04:16 PM
Thanks Speed Racer and AlwaysBehind. I was not aware you didn't have to soak beet pulp. I was always told to do it. I guess you learn something everyday right?
    12-21-2010, 04:28 PM
Green Broke
I never soak it. I have so many rescources in our little barn, but hot water isn't one of them and isn't going to be. I travel twice a day to feed, so carrying hot water isn't possible, they LOVE the bp, noone ever chokes coughs or otherwise and they're fat and happy.
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    12-21-2010, 04:29 PM
I think soaking beet pulp is a good thing because it gives you a way to get extra water into your horse. Or better said, known water. This time of year when it is sometimes difficult to get them to drink enough, beet pulp is a great way to get that to happen.

And bonus, slurping nose is so wonderful as they eat it.
    12-21-2010, 06:50 PM
I use approx 1 lb beet pellets to approx 2 litres of water.
    12-21-2010, 06:59 PM
I love the sloppy wet nose, I've always watered down all my grain and stuff just because it is a great way for my horse to get more water, and all the horse's I've had love having wet sloppy food. There have been occasions where someone else has fed though, and I don't have them soak it or anything, just scoop it into the bucket and put it in the stall.

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