Originally Posted by usandpets
Why do you say beet pulp is a high energy feed? It really isn't. Your horse won't founder or colic with it like grain or sweet feed. Beet pulp is a step up from hay or grass but less than sweet feed or grain. We give it to our horses most of the year, more in the winter, and it doesn't make them loopy or hot, even with our hot blooded horses like grain or sweet feed does.
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Guess it comes down to your perception of 'energy'. To me, energy just equals calories, but recently on one of these threads I learned that some people only think of 'high energy' in terms of 'high octane' 'heating' feeds, as it sounds like you do. Beet pulp apparently(I've seen graphs, not sure about the sources) is as high energy content as whole oats, but it is low in sugar/starch, so doesn't give that 'sugar rush' type effect, or cause the other health problems associated with grain & junk food.
*However, as it is long-term overweight horses who develop IR, leading to associated laminitis, regardless of 'hot', 'cool' or otherwise, energy in excess of requirements (intake>use) can still lead to health probs, which is why I would advise feeding 'easy keepers' this sort of thing with discretion.